On May 15, the government of Venezuela commemorated 68th anniversary of Nakba Day, or the establishment of European Jewish State of Israel in the Holy Land resulting in the destruction 400 Palestinian towns/villages and demolishing of 600 mosques, and displacing at least 750,000 Palestinian Muslims and Christians.
Speaking at the rally in Caracas, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the Palestinian people were “an example of resistance for those of us who struggle against imperialism.”
Rodríguez on her part said an international agreement must be reached to ensure that Palestinians receive justice.
Palestinian Authority (Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah government in the occupied West Bank) foreign minister Riyad Maliki who attended event in Caracas said in a statement: “Since the arrival of the Bolivarian Revolution in 1999, Venezuela has become a voice for historically marginalized peoples, reclaimed social struggles and raised the banners of justice, including for those in Palestine.”
Under President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Chavez, Venezuela has strongly supported Palestinian statehood, and has been critical of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and siege of the Gaza Strip.
Venezuela was one of the first countries to donate humanitarian aid to Gaza in the wake of Israel’s 2014 assault on the enclave, and has committed to settling Palestinian child refugees.
Late Hugo Chavez suspended Venezuela- Israel diplomatic relations in response to Israeli attack on Gaza. He cultivated brotherly relations with Ahmadinejad, and friendly relations with Cuba, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Argentina. He opposed US-French-UK war on Libyan leader Qaddafi.
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