La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.
President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.
It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.
The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.
Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”
More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.
In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.
Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.
In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”
Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014.
[tries to crowd surf at a TED talk]
fucking need you
you were my life jacket
during the roughest of
all my storms
but you left before
I could teach myself
how to swim.
Elizabeth Gultom, Nighttime Nostalgia (via exulis)
5:00 p.m. (Please don’t ever think of me as a mistake)
Lemony Snicket (via psych-facts)
this is too freaking cute
when someone gives you directions but you go the wrong way
life isn’t fair
and knowing that doesn’t make life any easier
but sometimes it helps because you know it’s not your fault
that there is nothing you did to deserve the pain
that everyone hurts
I must be as strong as my lady mother.