[News] Chavez recalls Israel Ambassador to show indignation over Lebanon genocide

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Published: Friday, August 04, 2006
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Chavez recalls Israel Ambassador to show indignation over Lebanon genocide

Merco Press Agency: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has 
withdrawn his country's ambassador to Israel to show his 
"indignation" over the military offensive in Lebanon.  "We have 
ordered the withdrawal of our ambassador in Israel," Chavez said 
Thursday in a televised speech, calling Israeli attacks in Lebanon "genocide."

"It really causes indignation to see how the state of Israel 
continues bombing, killing ... with gringo planes, with all of the 
power they have, with the support of the United States ... so many 
innocents, children, women," Chavez said after a military parade in 
the northwestern state of Falcon.

The leftist Venezuelan leader has repeatedly criticized Israel's 
offensive aimed at Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, noting mounting 
civilian deaths and saying the United Nations should act to halt the violence.

"It's hard explain to oneself how nobody does anything to stop this 
horror," said Chavez, whose government until recently said it had 
good relations with Israel.

While Venezuela apparently will maintain diplomatic relations with 
Israel, the ambassador's recall is one of the strongest possible 
protests short of severing ties. Chavez has similarly called home 
ambassadors from Mexico and Peru in the past year after exchanging 
insults with their leaders.

Chavez, an outspoken critic of Washington, also criticized what he 
called a relentless "immoral campaign" by the US government to keep 
Venezuela from obtaining a seat on the UN Security Council. US 
officials have backed Guatemala for the seat, saying Venezuela would 
be a disruptive influence on the council.
    * He said he hoped Venezuela could be a voice "for peace, for 
life, for justice" in the United Nations. The General Assembly is to 
decide the issue in a secret-ballot vote in October.

Chavez suggested a US veto has kept the Security Council from taking 
strident action against the Israeli assaults, which have coincided 
with Hezbollah rocket fire into Israel.

The Venezuelan leader, a close ally and friend of Cuban President 
Fidel Castro, spoke after returning from an international tour that 
took him to Argentina, Belarus, Russia, Qatar, Iran, Vietnam, Mali 
and Benin. While in Iran, Chavez called the Israeli offensive in 
Lebanon a "fascist outrage."

"The Israeli elite repeatedly criticize Hitler's actions against the 
Jews, and indeed Hitler's actions must be criticized, not just 
against the Jews but against the world," Chavez said during his visit 
to Iran, adding: "It's also fascism what Israel is doing to the 
Palestinian people ... terrorism and fascism."

Venezuela has both Arab immigrant and Jewish communities, and 
officials have insisted the government will continue to fully respect 
the Jewish community despite Venezuela's strong opposition to 
Israel's war in Lebanon.

Some in the South American country have protested the fighting in 
Lebanon, including one group that burned an Israeli flag outside the 
Israeli Embassy last month.

State television also has shown images from Lebanon of people weeping 
over dead relatives amid the ruins of bombed neighborhoods.



Venezuela withdraws Israel ambassador

Friday 04 August 2006 12:34 AM GMT


Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, said he has recalled his 
country's ambassador to Israel to show his "indignation" over the 
military offensive in Lebanon.

In a televised speech on Thursday, he called the Israeli attacks "genocide".

He said: "It really causes indignation to see how the state of Israel 
continues bombing, killing ... with all of the power they have, with 
the support of the United States."

Chavez has repeatedly criticised the Israeli offensive.

He said: "It's hard to explain to oneself how nobody does anything to 
stop this horror."

His government has until recently said it had good relations with Israel.

During a recent visit to Iran, Chavez called Israeli attacks on 
Lebanon a "fascist outrage".

He said: "The Israeli elite repeatedly criticise Hitler's actions 
against the Jews, and indeed Hitler's actions must be criticised, not 
just against the Jews but against the world. It's also fascism what 
Israel is doing to the Palestinian people ... terrorism and fascism."

Venezuela has both Arab immigrant and Jewish communities and 
Venezuelan officials have insisted that the government will continue 
to fully respect the Jewish community despite its strong opposition 
to Israel's war in Lebanon.

Agencies


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