At a time when the majority of Western governments are siding with Israel in the escalating war in the Middle East, Latin American countries express their dissatisfaction with the Netanyahu government and in practicesignaling developments in the diplomatic field as well, while we had developments in the same direction at the UN with a “bombshell” resignation.
Specifically, Mr Craig Mocaber, director of the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rightssubmitted his resignation a few days ago because of her of the UN’s “failure” to “stop” what it called a “manual case of genocide” in the Gaza Stripthree weeks after the outbreak of the Israel/Hamas war, according to a report by the New York Daily News newspaper relayed by the German Agency.
This is a “textbook case of genocide,” he said in a letter dated October 28 to Volker Turk, the High Commissioner. “The European, nationalist plan to settle Palestine has entered its final phase”that of the “rapid destruction of the last vestiges of indigenous Palestinian life,” he continued.
He also accused Western governments of being “totally complicit in this horrific attack”: “Not only do these governments refuse to fulfill their contractual obligations to ‘guarantee compliance’ with the Geneva Convention, they are actually actively arming” Israel to continue the attack, “providing financial and intelligence support ” as well as “political and diplomatic coverage of Israel’s atrocities”.
The content of his letter is in line with recent posts by Mr Mocaber on social networking sites. “The genocide we are witnessing in Palestine is the result of decades of impunity for Israel, given to it by the US and other Western governments,” as well as “the dehumanization of the Palestinian people by the Western corporate media,” he said yesterday via X (the former Twitter).
Latin America turns its back on Israel
THE Bolivian government announced yesterday Tuesday that severing diplomatic relations with Israel because of the war it is waging against Hamas in the Gaza Strip following the attacks by the Palestinian Islamist movement on areas of Israeli territory on 7 October.
Bolivia, ruled by leftist President Luis Arce, became the first Latin American country to make the move after the war broke out.
Chile and Colombia simultaneously announced that they are recalling their ambassadors from Tel Aviv for consultations, in protest respectively for “the unacceptable violations of international humanitarian law” and about “the massacre of the Palestinian people” by Israel.
In La Paz, the government “made the decision to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Israel in rejection and condemnation of the (…) disproportionate Israeli military offensive being carried out in the Gaza Strip,” Deputy Foreign Minister Freddy Mamani explained during press conference.
The general secretary of the presidency, Maria Nella Prada, announced at the same time the humanitarian aid mission to the Gaza Strip. “We demand an end to the attacks which have so far caused thousands of civilian deaths and forced displacement of Palestinians,” he added.
The Israeli government has not reacted at this stage.