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Chilean politicians demand their ambassador in Tel Aviv is recalled "until the Israeli aggression stops"

July 3, 2006 3:20 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2006 3:20 P.M.)
Ma'an-Political leaders in Chile have strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and urged the Chilean government to recall their ambassador to Tel Aviv until the aggressions are brought to an end.

A group of parliamentarians from across the political spectrum and the Palestinian ambassador to Chile, Dr Mai Al-Kailah, issued a joint statement in which they said they "do not believe the excuses that Israel is expressing for the current attack in Gaza; and the damages in the Palestinian occupied territories are so much larger than what Israel said it was going to do; [Israel is] damaging also the Palestinian civil population". They then asked the Chilean government "to call back its ambassador in Tel Aviv until the Israeli aggression stops".

The leader of the socialist bloc in the Chilean parliament, Mr. Alejandro Navarro, said, "Latin America must react as one single voice against what is going on in the occupied Palestinian territories".

Mr. Navarro also reported that they are going to organize a delegation of Chilean lawmakers to act as international observers in the occupied Palestinian territory and to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The leading Chilean human rights lawyer and member of the Chilean communist party, Hugo Gutierrez, described Israel as a "terrorist state" and demanded the United Nations to "act on behalf of the international

law to stop the massacres and to achieve Palestinian sovereignty over their land".

As an expert in international humanitarian law, Gutierrez said that what Israel is doing "endangers international law and stability all over the world".

Mayor and member of the rightist UDI party, Gustavo Hasbun, also asked the government to recall the Chilean ambassador in Tel Aviv until Israel "stops the occupation in the Gaza Strip". He also called the Israeli actions as a "state of terrorism".

Chilean lawmaker Francisco Shahwan issued a statement of solidarity with his Palestinian colleagues who have been kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces and asked the Chilean government to act in a coherent way according with its principles of respect for international law.

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