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Brazil’s Lula withdraws ambassador to Israel over war in Gaza

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has withdrawn his country’s ambassador to Israel over the occupying entity’s months-long genocidal war in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Lula called Brazil’s Ambassador Frederico Meyer home after months of tensions between Brasilia and the regime over the genocidal campaign Israel has waged in the Palestinian territory since October 7, 2023, Brazil’s official gazette reported on Wednesday.

Meyer has been transferred to the Swiss city of Geneva to join Brazil's permanent mission to the United Nations and other international organizations.

Lula, who is an outspoken critic of Israel’s war in Gaza, said on February that “what is happening in the Gaza Strip and to the Palestinian people hasn’t been seen in any other moment in history. Actually, it did when Hitler decided to kill the Jews.”

The move is a diplomatic downgrade between Israel and Brazil, whose embassy in the occupying regime is currently without an ambassador in the post.

Earlier this month, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro broke diplomatic relations between Bogota and Tel Aviv, after he suspended purchases of weapons from the regime.

Petro had previously compared that Israel’s appalling actions in Gaza to those of Nazi Germany.

Israel launched the barbarous campaign in Gaza after Palestinian resistance groups carried out a surprise retaliatory operation into the occupied territories.

Concomitantly with the war, the regime has been enforcing a near-total siege on the coastal territory, which has reduced the flow of foodstuffs, medicine, electricity, and water into the Palestinian territory into a trickle.

Israel has killed over 36,000 people, most of them women, children, and adolescents in Gaza since that October day.

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