In the past week, five Latin American countries have recalled their ambassadors to Israel in protest over Operation Protective Edge. Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru have all withdrawn their envoys in protest over what they view as acts of "collective punishment" and "use of disproportionate force".
Not to be outdone, Brazil was joined by Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela in issuing a statement during the Mercosur trading summit in Caracas condemning Operation Protective Edge. It is worth noting that Paraguay did not sign onto the statement.
David Harris of the American Jewish Committee blasted Mercosur for making no mention of Hamas and pointing out Venezuela's steadfast support for Syria.