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 Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru have all withdrawn their envoys in protest over what they view as acts of “collective punishment” and “use of disproportionate force”.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.
You remember Syria, don’t you? The country where more than 200,000 civilians have been killed in a three year civil war. During Ramadan, 2,500 Syria civilians were killed by forces loyal to Bashar Assad. That’s more than twice as many Palestinians that have been killed in Operation Protective Edge. That would be 2,500 Syrians killed during the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. Have any of these Latin American countries recalled their envoys to Syria? What do you think?
A couple of years ago, Brazil did shut down its embassy in Damascus. But they have steadfastly refused to condemn Syria for its actions against their own people.
So why is it that Latin America is willing to recall its diplomatic personnel from Israel, but not from Syria? Why is it that they see fit to bolster Hamas whose sole mission it is to destroy Israel?
I can only think of one explanation. Latin America, with a few exceptions, hates Jews.