Support for Lula for condemning Israel is 'firm and broad', says the Bolivian minister during a visit to Brazil

To Brasil de Fato, Maria Nela Prada, Minister of Bolivia’s Presidency, supported Brasil’s pro-Palestine stance

Translated by: Ana Paula Rocha

Brasil de Fato | Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná state) |
Ministra da Presidência boliviana e vice-chanceler anunciaram rompimento diplomático com Israel - Cancillería Bolivia

On Thursday (22), Bolivian Minister of Presidency, María Nela Prada, said in an interview with Brasil de Fato that the Bolivian government's support for President Lula’s statements about Israel's massacre against the Gaza Strip is “firm and broad”.

Bolivia was one of the countries that sided with Lula after the Brazilian president was declared “persona non grata” by Israel. The measure was in response to his comparison of Israeli actions against Palestinians to the Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany against Jews.

“Our president, Lucho Arce, shows solidarity to President Lula after his statement and Israel’s declaration of him as ‘persona non grata’.” The presidents of Colombia and Bolivia were criticized for their show of solidarity for Lula which, surely, is firm and broad,” she said.

Prada is in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná state, to attend the Latin American and Caribbean Peoples’ Integration Journey.

“We are in a global struggle for the rights of the Palestinian people, a free and sovereign Palestine. Of course, the voice we raise in places like this is crucial, so that the Palestinian people aren’t alone,” she added.

In October, Bolivia broke ties with Israel and classified its actions in Gaza as “genocidal”, killing over 29,000 people. Prada was Bolivia's interim foreign minister back then, and it was she who announced the break in ties.

"We have also joined South Africa's case at the ICJ in the Hague for an investigation into the crimes being committed in the Gaza Strip," she said.

Edited by: Matheus Alves de Almeida