Brazilian President Slams Israel’s War on Gaza as ‘Genocide’

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva meets the Palestinian community in Brazil, in June 2022. (Photo: Via MEMO)

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva slammed Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip as a “genocide”, the Middle East Monitor reported on Friday.

“What is happening is not a war. It is a genocide that led to the killing of nearly 2,000 children who had nothing to do with this war. They are the victims of this war,” Lula reportedly said in a meeting held at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia.

“Frankly, I do not know how a person can go to war knowing that the result of that war is the death of innocent children,” he added.

The Brazilian president warned that the developments in the Middle East are “dangerous”, adding that the issue is not a matter of discussing “who is right and who is wrong, who fired the first bullet and who fired the second.”

“Brazil supports the release of the hostages and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to allow aid to be sent to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

Lula has held talks with the leaders of several countries, including the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Iran, Turkiye, France, Russia, and the UAE, to mediate a solution to the conflict.

On Wednesday, Brazil abstained from voting on the American draft resolution in the Security Council, which did not call for an end to the Israeli military operations in Gaza.


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