The president of Brazil 'softened' his assessment - accused Israel of genocide in Gaza

Brazilian President Lula wrote on the "X" network that he "will not give up his dignity for a lie" in an apparent allusion to calls for him to withdraw his comparison of Israel's behavior in Gaza to the Nazi Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed during World War II

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Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Photo: Reuters
Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Photo: Reuters
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Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, "softening" the harsh rhetoric of a week ago when he compared Israel's military offensive in Gaza to the Nazi Holocaust, causing an uproar in Israel.

Israel has fiercely opposed claims of genocide, saying its war targets the Hamas militant group, not the Palestinian people. Israel holds Hamas responsible for civilian deaths during the Israeli offensive, claiming the group operates from civilian areas.

Brazilian President Lula wrote on the "X" network that he "will not give up his dignity for a lie" in an apparent allusion to calls for him to withdraw his comparison of Israel's behavior in Gaza to the Nazi Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed during World War II.

"What the Israeli government is doing is not war, it is genocide," Lula wrote today, "they are killing children and women," but he did not mention the Holocaust.

In response to Lula's first comments, Israel declared him "persona non grata", summoned the Brazilian ambassador and demanded an apology. In retaliation, Lula invited the Brazilian ambassador to Israel to come home, "for consultations."

Last month, South Africa filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians. Two weeks later, the court issued a preliminary injunction in the landmark case, ordering Israel to do everything it can to prevent death, destruction and any acts of genocide in Gaza.

Israel, which was also created as a refuge for Holocaust survivors, accused South Africa of "hypocrisy".

Netanyahu and his far-right government have drawn an angry response from the United States, their closest ally, over plans to build more than 3.300 homes in Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu's finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, said the plans were in response to a Palestinian attack this Sunday in the West Bank that killed one Israeli and wounded five.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Friday that he was "disappointed" by the Israeli announcement.

"A longstanding American policy under both Republican and Democratic administrations has been that new settlements are counterproductive to achieving lasting peace," he said in Buenos Aires. That construction is "in contradiction with international law".

The Biden administration has also renewed a US legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are "illegitimate" under international law.

Blinken said the US considers the settlements to be inconsistent with Israel's obligations, reversing the decision of his predecessor, Mike Pompeo.

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