Brazil President Condemns Israel’s ‘Massacre’ in Gaza

Brazil President Condemns Israel’s ‘Massacre’ in Gaza

Dilma Rousseff
Brazil President Condemns Israel’s ‘Massacre’ in Gaza

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff condemned Israel’s offensive in Gaza as a “massacre”, joining international calls for a halt to the bloodshed.

“What’s happening in Gaza is dangerous. I don’t think it’s a genocide, but I think it’s a massacre,” Rousseff said at a forum organized by newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, endorsing the United Nations’ call for an immediate ceasefire, AFP reported Monday.

“It’s a humanitarian issue. This can’t be done in such a small strip (of territory), with people who are in a situation of great insecurity, very threatened, with many women and children,” she said.

“We know that in a war like this, the ones who pay are the civilians. ”

She criticized the Israeli campaign as “disproportionate” — echoing a statement released by the Brazilian foreign ministry last week when it recalled its ambassador to Israel, a move that caused a row between Brazil and Israel.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor responded by calling Brazil a “diplomatic dwarf.”

“I regret those words,” Rousseff said. “Words, including the spokesman’s, sometimes create a very bad climate. In this case, we have to be very careful. ”

Around 1,100 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 6,500 others injured since Israel unleashed its offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8.

The Moroccan Times.