La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.
President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.
It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.
The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.
Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”
More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.
In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.
Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.
In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”
Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014.
Looks like the New York Times staff was totally on board with the paper’s recent endorsement of legal weed.
Today I met with my doctor to review my progress x rays. The gist of it: some improvement in the targeted areas, some worsening in surrounding vertebrae. Basically, two steps forward and one back. The plan is to modify but continue the intensive treatment for another 10 weeks and then reevaluate.
I know that I can do another 10 weeks. I’m trying to repeat it like a goddamn mantra to avoid wallowing in my utter disappointment in the news. These past three months have been so hard. So much extra pain. So much extra dedication to the pain - to be aware of it, to be able to communicate changes to my doctor, to drag my ass out of bed three times a week to basically be held in a vice. I think it’s my only option - and at least there’s been change - so I’m staying the course.
I really must channel my inner strength and positivity to make it through the next ten weeks of treatment. I can. I will.
"At what point do you take girls out of school altogether because boys can’t handle it?"
I just think it’s an incredibly ridiculous and extremely harmful notion that southern racism is somehow worse than racism experienced in the north east and out west the it’s just a different system to navigate and different culture it occupies I just feel like lures poc into believing they’re safer when they’re really not