Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, expressed deep sadness over the death of the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, who died of Tuesday, and said that the death of Chavez is a significant loss to all nations struggling for freedom, liberation and justice.
Abbas said that Chavez was a freedom fighter who never gave-up or abandoned the struggle for a world led by principles of justice, equality and liberation.
“We have lost a great and courageous leader, a leader who supported freedom movements around the world. He is one of dozens of symbols, such as Simon Bolívar, who struggled for equality and justice”, Abbas said, “The memory of Chavez will remain imprinted in our memories, as a courageous leader, as a person who strongly supported our legitimate right to independence and the establishment of the Palestinian State”.
“My loyal friend, Chavez, left us, and by his departure, all freedom fighters around the world lost a great leader”, Abbas added, “but the fight for a better world, for an end to all occupations will never stop, we are sure that the principles that Chavez carried and fought for will be followed by other committed leaders”.
Abbas also sent his condolences to the family of Chavez and the Venezuelan people, and added that he is sure that the people of Venezuela will continue the path of progress and liberty. (end)
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Hugo Chavez Kicks Out Israeli Ambassador to Venezuela
Venezuela yesterday expelled the Israeli Ambassador, saying it was an act of solidarity with the people of Gaza.
From an official statement:
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses, yet again, together with people across the world, horror at the death of innocent women and children—a product of the Gaza Strips invasion by Israeli troops and the continual aereal and ground bombardment systematically unloaded by the State of Israel on the Palestinian Territory
At this tragic and indignant hour, the People of Venezuela manifests its unrestricted solidarity with the heroic Palestinian people; share the pain that has overcome the thousands of families for the loss of their loved ones; and standing with them, the Venezuelan government affirms that it will not rest until those responsible for these criminal atrocities are severely punished.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela sharply condemns the flagrant violations of the international law which the State of Israel has incurred, and denounces its planned use of State terrorism, with which this State has positioned itself at the margins of National order.
For the reasons outlined above, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has decided to expel the Israeli Ambassador and part of its personnel at the Israeli Embassy in Venezuela, reaffirming its vocation of peace and its existence that international law be respected.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has prepared its mission in accordance to the UN so that, together with the majority of governments who require it, pressure is put on the Security Council to apply urgent and necessary measures to stop the current invasion of the State of Israel against the Palestinian Territory.
President Hugo Chávez, who has supported encounters with high representatives from the World Jewish Congress and has always opposed all anti-Semitism as he has all types of discrimination and racism, makes a brotherly plea to the Jewish community throughout the world to oppose the State of Israels criminal policies that serve as a reminder of the worst pages in the history of the twentieth century. With the genocide of the Palestinian people, the State of Israel will never be able to offer its own people a prospect toward a necessary and long lasting peace
Palestinian “holocaust” and said the presidents of Israel and the United States should be tried in international court.
“The Holocaust, that is what is happening right now in Gaza,” Chavez said in televised comments. “The president of Israel at this moment should be taken to the International Criminal Court together with the President of the United States.”
The socialist Chavez, a harsh critic of Israel and the United States, on Monday had accused Washington of poisoning the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to destabilize the Middle East and justify U.S.-backed Israeli incursions.
Israel is under international pressure to reach a cease-fire with Hamas militants and halt an offensive that has killed nearly 600 Palestinians, including more than 40 in a U.N. school sheltering civilians.
The United States, which Chavez describes as a decadent empire, firmly backs Israel — its principal ally in the region