Palestine: Hundreds march with photos of Fidel, Chavez, Maduro as they say thank you Latin America

And wave flags of Iran and Syria and banners of Hezbollah. Meanwhile, Latin America acts to further assist the Palestinian people. Four articles with photos

palestine-thanks-latam-leadersHundreds of Palestinians waved photos of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez and Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro during a march held yesterday in Gaza to thank the Latin American solidarity.

Convened by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the demonstration on Tuesday covered several areas of the Gaza Strip and the protesters marched chanting slogans of support for Latin America and protest the deadly Israeli military aggression that lasted 50 days.


Besides banners with pictures of deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who broke relations with Israel following a previous assault on Gaza, and the current president Nicolás Maduro, the PFLP members and supporters also raised Ghassan Ben Jeddou photos.

Ben Jeddou and Hassan Nasrallah thanked also

Ben Jeddou is the president of the pan-Arab media corporation Al- Mayadeen, whom they thanked for the manner in which this television channel covered both the bombings carried out by Zionist forces and the strong resistance of the Palestinian people.

Participants in the popular movement there were also seen with posters with the image of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of the Lebanese Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah (Party of God), whose support for Palestinian counterpart organizations was fundamental.

Also, Gazans walked the streets of the coastal enclave in the ruins of houses and buildings bombed by the Zionist army with flags of Palestine, Iran and Syria, the only two Middle Eastern nations that have maintained invariable support for the Palestinian cause.

The victory achieved by the Palestinian people

The march was designed to celebrate the victory achieved by the Palestinian people and in particular, the resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to get Israel to accept an indefinite truce with certain requirements, which took effect on August 26, reported Prensa Latina.

A call for national unity

The leader of the PFLP Kaed Al Ghoul, who days ago was invited to a special program of Al-Mayadeen, the 88th birthday of Fidel Castro, called for the strengthening of national unity to show loyalty to the blood of the 2,140 who were killed and the more than 3,500 injured by Israeli aggression.

Speaking at the main event, Al Ghoul said the march had two main purposes, first, to ratify the decision to safeguard the arms of the resistance, and secondly, to thank Iran, Syria, Latin America and all who were with Palestinians.

Latin America was at the forefront of solidarity with Gaza during the Israeli aggression

During a similar event held on August 27 at the Palestinian embassy in Beirut, member of the Palestinian National Council (parliament) Salah Salah said that Latin America was at the forefront of solidarity with Gaza during the Israeli aggression.

Plaques of recognition given to Latin American countries

The leaders of their countries took bold decisions against Israel and in support of Palestine, Salah Salah stressed, addressing heads of missions of Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, countries to which plaques of appreciation were given.

Source: Gaza agradeció la solidaridad latinoamericana via JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

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Palestinian National Council thanks Latin America 

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Protesters throughout Latin America protested against the Israeli atrocities against Gaza. In the photo, a demonstration a few weeks ago in Chile | Photo: Reuters

TeleSUR (Aug. 29) – Palestinian officials recognized that Latin American countries were the first to condemn the Israeli onslaught against Gaza.

The Palestinian National Council (PNC), which is the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Wednesday thanked Latin America for its solidarity with the people of Gaza and its condemnation of the seven-week Israeli massacre  in the enclave.

An inheritance of patriots like Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar

marti y bolivarDuring a PNC meeting, the Palestinian leaders said the solidarity of Latin America with Palestinians “is an inheritance of patriots like Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar.”

The legislators also made a contrasting comparison between the strong condemnation by Latin American and Caribbean governments of the Israeli attacks, with the support of U.S., Europe and their allies to the government of Tel Aviv.

They also recognized the fact that Latin Americans launched a shout of protest against Israel while other nations opened up their military warehouses to replenish the Tel Aviv  regime with the weapons it used in the bloody attacks against Gaza.

The Palestinian leader Raed Salah said that Latin American and Caribbean governments “adopted brave decisions against Israel, supporting Palestine,” referring to statements of condemnation against Israel by the diplomatic missions of Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia.

In recognition to their positions in support of Gazans, the Palestinian leaders gave plaques to the representatives of these countries in appreciation to their stance.

​Nobel Peace Prize winners

Layout 1Raed Salah added that personalities such as the Nobel Peace Prize winners Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina; and Rigoberta Menchu (photo) of Guatemala, called for punishing Israel for its atrocities against Gazans.

Many leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean have adopted positions against Tel Aviv’s policies, such as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who broke diplomatic relations with Israel following the 2008-2009 aggression against Gaza.

Latin American solidarity 

In past weeks, various Latin American leaders harshly condemned the Israeli government for committing genocide in Gaza, including Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, and Evo Morales of Bolivia.

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Cuban former leader Fidel Castro cut links with Israel and was among the first Latin American states to elevate its Palestinian representation to the rank of embassy.

Venezuela sent hundreds of tons in humanitarian aid to Gaza, while Ecuador is preparing to send about 20 tons in the next days.

Israeli warplanes and tanks started pounding the blockaded enclave July 8, inflicting heavy losses on Palestinian land and killing almost 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women and children. Around 11,000 others were injured, while hundreds of thousands were displaced.

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Venezuelan government reveals “Hugo Chavez” shelter for incoming Palestinian children (Aug. 16 ) – The Venezuelan government has released images of the “Hugo Chavez” shelter where incoming Palestinian child refugees of the Israeli assault of the Gaza strip will be housed.

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(A full image set of the shelter can be viewed on here).

CANCILLER DE VENEZUELA NICOLAS MADUROPresident Nicolás Maduro made the pledge last month to shelter Palestinian children who were orphaned and wounded as a result of the conflict, which has claimed the lives of around 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, as well as 64 Israeli soldiers and 3 civilians in Israel. Schools, hospitals and other key infrastructure in Gaza have also been destroyed in Israel’s bombardment and ground assault.

Maduro’s promise was made as part of the Venezuelan government’s wider solidarity effort with Palestine, which has included sending several tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza, pledging reconstruction aid, and applying diplomatic pressure with other South American governments for a lasting ceasefire and negotiations leading to a “free Palestine”.

On Tuesday Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua announced that the shelter, volunteers and medical staff were ready to welcome the Palestinian child refugees, and that the necessary legal protocols with the UNICEF and the national child protection body had been fulfilled. The government now awaits the final green light from Palestinian authorities to be able to bring the children to Venezuela.

The images of the shelter released yesterday showed the government minister of Aragua state (centre – north), Tareck El Aissami, where the shelter is located, giving a tour of the house to the Palestinian representative in Venezuela, Riad Al-Maliki.

The plan is to give the children a happy and recreational environment

According to Venezuelan authorities, the plan is to give the children a happy and recreational environment, and any necessary medical attention, until it is safe for them to return to Palestine.

Venezuela has been a supporter of Palestine since the presidency of Hugo Chavez (1999 – 2013). Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 in reaction to the “Cast Lead” assault on the Gaza strip that year, in which just over 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died. He then built up a close solidarity alliance with the Palestinian authority, signing various agreements.

There is not a consensus over the issue of Palestine across the political divide in Venezuela. In 2012, Antonio Ledezma, a leading representative of the opposition MUD coalition, travelled to Israel and met with prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. On that occasion, Ledezma promised that if the opposition were to return to power then relations would be restored with Israel, and referred to the current government’s stance over Israel as “irrational” and “strange.”

TS note: Israeli interests in Venezuela are represented by the Harper government.

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200 young Palestinians invited to study medicine and engineering in Venzuela

A total of 200 young Palestinians have been invited to study medicine and engineering in a number of universities across Venezuela. A group of 60 students will arrive in Venezuela in September to join the 40 Palestinian students already studying comprehensive community medicine at the Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Caracas.

“A few weeks ago we were planning to receive 20 Palestinian students on this course but President Maduro announced that the Bolivarian government would redouble its efforts so we will now bring 100 Palestinian students” said Noya from the Palestinian embassy in Caracas.

Noya added that in January 2015, 100 more Palestinian students will arrive in Venezuela to study engineering. “One hundred more Palestinian students will receive training in strategic areas such as food engineering, telecommunications, instrumentation and control.”

To put their knowledge at the service of their communities

The students will be offered accommodation by ELAM and various other universities that have offered their support.

Noya explained that “the students will have the chance to put their knowledge at the service of their communities.”The Palestinian Ambassador to Venezuela, Linda Sabeh Ali thanked Venezuela for all the support offered to the Palestinian people.

“We want these young people to come to Venezuela and then return to Palestine to save their communities. Today they are subjected to murder and genocide by Israel. I am very happy and grateful for all the support we have been given”.

Source:  Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the UK and Ireland


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