Colombian President Compares Gaza Attack to Nazis, Threatens to Cut Ties with Israel

In a recent surge of global attention on the Israel-Gaza conflict, Colombia's President Gustavo Petro took a public stance, equating Israel's approach in Gaza to Nazi persecution.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Colombian President Compares Gaza Attack to Nazis, Threatens to Cut Ties with Israel
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In a recent surge of global attention on the Israel-Gaza conflict, Colombia's President Gustavo Petro took a public stance, equating Israel's approach in Gaza to Nazi persecution. This analogy has led to heightened tensions between the two nations, bringing to light past grievances and shedding light on broader geopolitical concerns.

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Responding to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant's announcement of a "total siege" of Gaza and referring to the opposing side as "animals", President Petro remarked, "this was what the Nazis were saying about the Jews." Utilizing X, a social media platform that has taken the place of Twitter, Petro argued that democratic societies must vigilantly prevent the re-emergence of Nazism in global politics.

Petro further labeled Gallant's statement as "hate speech" and warned that it might lead to another "holocaust" if left unchecked. In swift retaliation, Israel summoned Margarita Manjarrez, the Colombian ambassador to Israel.

Alongside, they announced the suspension of exports of security products to Colombia. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lior Hayat, emphasized the nation's surprise, especially in the wake of "Hamas terrorists who murdered more than 1,300 Israelis and kidnapped over 150." Petro Defends His Position Far from retreating from his initial stance, President Petro reiterated his message.

He accused Israel of fomenting violence and, in an explicit move, compared it once again to the notorious Adolf Hitler. "If we have to suspend foreign relations with Israel, we suspend them. We do not support genocides," Petro stated resolutely.

Taking his call a step further, Petro urged other Latin American nations to rally behind Colombia, referencing past acts by individuals affiliated with Israel. Particularly, he mentioned Yair Klein, an accused mercenary, and the late General Rafael Eitan, a former Commander-in-Chief of the Israel Defense Forces.

"Someday the army and government of Israel will ask us for forgiveness," Petro declared, "I will hug them and they will cry for the murder of Auschwitz and Gaza, and for the Colombian Auschwitz. Hitler will be defeated for the good of humanity, its democracy, Peace and freedom of the world." As diplomatic tensions rise, the world watches closely, hoping that dialogue and understanding can pave the way for a resolution.

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