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Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state
Published Wednesday 30/07/2014 (updated) 01/08/2014 12:42
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July 11, 2014.(AFP/Jack Guez)
LA PAZ (AFP) -- Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

Morales said the Gaza offensive shows "that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community."

More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign.

In the latest development, 16 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for "crimes against humanity."

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
1 ) RudyM / U.S.A.
30/07/2014 22:17
Why would they have a visa exemption for Israel to begin with? The latest slaughter is just a continuation of the Zionist project, nothing fundamentally new, as horrible as it is.

2 ) Tommy / US
30/07/2014 22:23
Bravo Bolivia!

3 ) Kashif / Pakistan
30/07/2014 22:24
I salute you President Evo Morales for your courage to stand up against War crimes of Israel

4 ) MBK / South
30/07/2014 22:53
Bravo Bolivia. The only county in the world with integrity. May god protect you from evil Jewish mayhem

5 ) sk / india
30/07/2014 23:00
Great, welcome the move made by bolivia for declaring israel a terror state, arabs should take some courage from bolivia n respond similarly.

6 ) Arnaud / france
30/07/2014 23:33
Respect for this good decision. It's a shame that my own goverment gives such a strong support ti israel. I see no future but encourage any of us to perform strong BDS (boycott desinvestisment sanctions) against israel

7 ) billow / kenya
30/07/2014 23:48
At least Mr Morales has the balls bigger his Arabs counterpart

8 ) Stand up for Gaza / Canada
30/07/2014 23:54
Bravo to Evo Morales for standing up for the truth.

9 ) Pat Murphy / Ireland
31/07/2014 00:00
I agree completely with this decision. I don't believe it is Anti Semitic. I don't believe it supports extremists/terrorists. I believe it just supports ordinary humanity.

10 ) @ Tommy-2 & MBK-4 / USA too
31/07/2014 00:25
Yes people are dying in Gaza, but Bolivia should blame Hamas, for starting the war, and using human-shields to make it bloody !! * RACIST BOLIVIA IS MORE TRUTHFUL, since Syria's on-going war killed 100,000 compared to Israel's 1,000, and Syria's war produced 1,000,000 refugees, compared to Israel's none, so Unless Bolivia declared Syria a terrorist state 100 times over, it should rescind the racist declaration, and you should learn to think !!!

11 ) Sara / US
31/07/2014 00:29
Evo Morales I love you! A true world leader !

12 ) @ Kahif-3 & SK-5 / Truth
31/07/2014 00:35
* Neither of you seem able to distinguish "Courage" from "Cowardice" !! * It takes No "Courage" to Lie about the "War crimes of Israel", who targets only militants, their rockets, & their attack tunnels, and * It is just "Cowardice" to be Silent about the War crimes of Hamas, who: -1- intentionally targets the civilians of Israel, and also -2- intentionally uses the civilians of Gaza as Human-Shields !!

13 ) Asri / Indonesia
31/07/2014 01:45
Standing applause for the president of Bolivia *two thumbsup* :)
#Respect for the humanity

14 ) Pal / UsA
31/07/2014 02:52
Now he should declare the so called arab leaders, the munafiqoon, terrorists May God destroy them all They have no guts, no hearts. They sold their souls to the devil. There is a special reservation made for them in hell to a ibide therein forever

15 ) Noor / Amsterdam
31/07/2014 03:08
My respect for Bolivia

16 ) zul / Malaysia
31/07/2014 03:33
All country in the world should declare Israel as a terror state.

17 ) Shelly / USA
31/07/2014 03:54
Thank you and bless you.

18 ) Ziyad Olives / Palestine/USA
31/07/2014 04:01
viva Morales, Viva Bolivia, Viva Palestina. Million thanks from every Palestian, yet human-being.

19 ) cf / usa
31/07/2014 04:08
The people of Bolivia should be proud to be of a country goverened by actual human beings with heart.thank you Bolivia! !

20 ) Sk / India
31/07/2014 04:11
Respect !!

21 ) z.h. / indian
31/07/2014 04:44
I Salute president, nation & government to stand against crime of the Devil and to block its products.

22 ) Eric / Canada
31/07/2014 07:25
Who cares about Bolivia anyway! Another 3rd world country (like Venezuela) with no respect for human rights and personal freedom.

23 ) Md iqbal hossain / Bangladesh
31/07/2014 07:25
I salute you sir ...because only you in the world declared that Israel is a terrorist country. I hate the Palestine neighbours country Arab gulf....like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain because they are brother of Israel. They should declare also same you that Israel is a world terrorist country.

24 ) Nancy / Canada
31/07/2014 07:36
Excellent, much respect to President Evo Morales, a sane voice finally. Thank you.

25 ) Errorfeld / USA
31/07/2014 07:49
I sure hope that Bolivia cuts off relations with all the Arab States that violate human rights as well. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar are not democracies. They practice fellatio and abuse their people. Syria has been responsible for the deaths of over 120,000 people in the last year alone!! Down with Zionism and down with all human rights abusers. Be brave President Morales.

26 ) Jojo / USA
31/07/2014 08:04
Encore! Encore! Bravo Bolivia!

27 ) Najibur Khan / Malaysia
31/07/2014 08:18
Bravo Bolivia. We salute to you. Even my country also silent about Gaza issue. Arab League together OIC also keep sleeping even their relative has been slautered by Israel. Where is Arab leader (no ball) that proud with their wealthy but disobey their same arab blood neighbour (palestin). Shame on terrorist Israel and Amerika.

28 ) Leila / Uk
31/07/2014 09:45
True humanity still exists in some countries , we must urge all countries to do the same and declare the untrustworthy inhumane and murdering government of Israel a terrorist state and refuse to do business with them at all costs.

29 ) David / World
31/07/2014 09:54
But they still have good relations with Syria.

30 ) ARA / Malaysia
31/07/2014 10:16
Bolivia stood high where Arab states cowed in the corner

31 ) ataur / india
31/07/2014 10:58
Salute for true Leader!

32 ) O.RAHMAN / India
31/07/2014 11:22
A big Salute for President of Bolivia, who stands up against the Barbarism, and declaring Israel as a Terrorist estate. It is a sign of humanity. Each country must declare Israel as Terrorist estate. Particularly United States should learn something from Bolivia.

33 ) Rim Neffati / Tunisia
31/07/2014 13:57
Bravo Bolivia

34 ) E / England
31/07/2014 13:59
Syria is a different situation, it's a civil war and Latin American countries are reluctant to intervene in internal issues. The case of Israel and Palestina a whole different matter.

35 ) Zubair Shaikh / india
31/07/2014 14:23
Bravo Bolivia. We salute to you. Arab League together OIC also keep sleeping even their relative has been slautered by Israel shame on you coward. Where is Arab leader (no ball) that proud with their wealthy. Each country must declare Israel as Terrorist estate. Particularly United States should learn something from Bolivia. Thanks President Evo Morales

36 ) Farook / Sri Lanka
31/07/2014 14:45
Long live Bolivia!

37 ) fpm / USA
31/07/2014 15:46
Zionism started this war intentionally with a deceitful lie that Hamas was responsible for the killing of 3 Israeli students. This conflict continues because the Zionist don't want a Palestinian State under any conditions. They want status quo, they want their puppet, Abbas has head of the Palestinians, and those tunnels have been there for hundreds of years and were not being used to kill Israelis. It's the Zionist settlers & military that continues to kill, conflict or no conflict.

38 ) Pham Truc / Vietnam
31/07/2014 17:02
Israel and Hamas are war crimes and their victims are Palestinian and Israeli, but United States is reportedly behind this war

39 ) Mel / USA
31/07/2014 17:40
Bravo Bolivia! How could any rational human being look at Gaza/Palestine,since 1947 to today, & NOT SEE a continuous Israeli-Zionist 9/11 terrorist attack,on innocent civilians? Everything Absolutist AQ ever did to anyone,as terrorism,can be equally MATCHED,if not trumped,by Israeli Zionist state-sponsored terrorism,all patroned by USG,UKG,EU lily-livered"shared interest"worms! If only the oil-sloths in the GCC A/L & USG had the courage,like Bolivia, to SPEAK truth to corrupt&BLIND"shared"power!

40 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
31/07/2014 17:44
Would that Bolivia's example snowballs !

41 ) Ranguista / Peru
31/07/2014 17:53
fpm kudos !....viva Bolivia ! Those who accuse Hamas of starting this genocide are so brainwashed and indoctrinated. You are repeating the same propaganda designed by the new Goebbles of Israel...Frank Luntz.

42 ) sense / universe
31/07/2014 18:00
Maximum respect for being the first state of many to assist in restoring balance and reciprocal to universe and all humanity many others will thus follow resonantly and israel will soon have to face itself in the mirror..

43 ) Iowan / US of A
31/07/2014 18:01
Deepest gratitude and respects to the Bolivian people and President Evo Morales! Israel's Likud is unhinged. They have departed from reality, realism, sanity. USofA has morphed into the very anti-democratic tyranny its people first escaped. Israel's calculated war of attrition upon Palestinians and my hijacked country's deranged funding and enablement of it go far beyond the pale of calculated cruelty and depravity. IDF used Pal civilians as human shields in Azzun, HRW says Hamas never has!

44 ) atif / uk
31/07/2014 18:14
Shame on the arab states...this man isa real hero in billions of peoples eyes

45 ) David / USA
31/07/2014 19:35
Oh boy! The president of a third world country whose people average a third grade education declares Israel a terrorist state, yet never managed to declare Hamas a terrorist government, or Syria or Iran terrorist states! The man's opinion, and his government's actions are worthless. I wonder if Hamas has a training site in Bolivia? That would explain much...

46 ) G / US
31/07/2014 21:27
Instead of assuming the situation, and hating Israel, we should be praying for them.

47 ) David / USA
31/07/2014 23:46
fpm, the conflict was started 9 years ago by Hamas when Sharon kicked every single Jew out of Gaza and INSTEAD of showing what kind of glorious Palestinian enclave could be created, opted to build a terror base from which to attack Israel in its warped jihadist quest. For 9 long years Israel has been on the receiving end of rockets, mortars, and commando attacks. The 'Palestinians' of Gaza COULD have made a wonderful life for themselves. But they chose jihad. Now they must pay the piper.

48 ) Chimo / USA
31/07/2014 23:50
Bolivia is run by a bunch oil soaked spics who rely on Arab Countries for oil, so they have to do what their arab masters tell them to do. Hamas loves to get Palestinian people killed, and they also love to kill those Palestinians that they cannot control. They've been doing it for awhile now. The rest of you Israel haters should go play on the Freeway

49 ) Asif Ali / England
01/08/2014 00:11
Well done Bolivia. One is truly independent to speak out against crimes against humanity when there is no one to threaten to cut off their financial aid. This means other countries get aid that they rely on, hence they can't condem 'Isra hell'.

50 ) Richard Evans / UK
01/08/2014 00:33
Another knee jerk reaction with scant attention to the facts on the ground....This won't win you many friends Bolivia it will only confirm your willingness to follow the international crowd

51 ) Mat Awang / 1World
01/08/2014 00:52
Bolivia stood for humanity. What about the rest of the world? Are they all heartless, blind, deaf, dumb and cowards too. Please do something.

52 ) Mark Harris / United State
01/08/2014 03:50
Bravo to bolivia, if only my country is like u all the world will have peace... we should drop something big down at that ZIONIST state.

53 ) Samuel Di Muzio / USA
01/08/2014 04:23
Mr. President Evo Morales, you are a true statesman, admired by your people, and people of many other countries.

54 ) Chris / Can
01/08/2014 07:11
Bolivia a country with Dignity

55 ) Siti / Malaysia
01/08/2014 11:47
Well done bolivia! May god bless your country. I am from Malaysia will always stand with gaza.

56 ) rahat / usa
01/08/2014 16:06
Well done Bolivia. Sir Evo Morales. You have shown great humanity and bravery. You have our utmost respect and support.

57 ) Juan V. / USA
01/08/2014 18:07
I found bolivian people fleeing his country due to the actions of this guy in power. And do not tell me that is the rich people who fled, I am talking about common people who now prefer cleaning houses here in the U.S. rather than being under the rule of ignorant and power thirsty as is Evo Morales and the likes as Correa in Ecuador and Maduro in Venezuela. He has any moral to make declaratios like that. Except to please his handlers. I hope one day bolivian people will be really free.

58 ) Ahmed Seraj / India
01/08/2014 22:28
appreciated & salute this steps........,,

59 ) locojhon / NY, USA
02/08/2014 03:20
Viva Bolivia and their wisdom to elect Evo Morales as their president. The few above remarks critical of Bolivia/Morales were likely made by paid bloggers and almost certainly were not made by people who have actually been there. The miracle of Bolivia, after almost 500 years of Spanish and US subjugation, continues to benefit Bolivians despite many millions of US dollars spent trying to unseat their honorable, honest and ethical president, and trying to wreck Bolivia's economy as well.

60 ) Jim / Canada
02/08/2014 09:13
I think this is probably reflective of popular sentiment in Bolivia. Most EU member states would do the same thing if their governments had the stones to put it to referendum. Sadly, the Jews control the media, the banks and other elements of the power structure, so the average person's voice is never heard.

61 ) Syed Gazi / India
02/08/2014 13:00
I Salute to Bolivia & their people who stand up with the right decision against the crucial humanity of ISRAIL & Silence of America .

62 ) Gaetano Bucci / Italy
02/08/2014 16:17
Thank you mr. President Evo Morales for your courage to stand up against War crimes of Israel. I hope others will do the same. Viva Morales, Viva Bolivia, Viva Palestina.

63 ) The True Can Be See By All. / PR\ USA
02/08/2014 16:48
They Need To Get Rid Of This Drama. Always The Same tale Story. I dont Apreciated They Behavior. They not Better than any one Elses. No One Have The Rigth Or Permition By God. To Be Killing Theres Brothers And sisters. Not Matter What Part Of The World They Come From. Ours Lifes As Humans are only One. And Is A Very Sad Reality. To See Peoples To Be Figthing Over A World. Which They Never Gonna Control it Or Own It. While They Live Theys Test In Here.

64 ) A M H Masud / Bangladesh
02/08/2014 17:28
Israel is terrorist country and USA is patronizer of terrorism. UN is in the role of a referee. OIC and Arab world are silent observer. Only Almighty Allah is to save them.

65 ) oro / phil
03/08/2014 05:20
kudos to bolivia for exposing the truth. israel is a terror state. bds is the solution

66 ) Michael Oxendine / USA
03/08/2014 14:51
Isarel should be tried for war crimes, and there protector American. They have become what they hated, Murders. What they are doing to the Palestinian is no different they what the Nazis did to them. The extection of a race of people.

67 ) Henry / USA
03/08/2014 17:20
At least Bolivia has the cojones to take a stand against Netanyahu's terrorist State of Israel while the rest of the world stands back a says nothing. I commend you Bolivia.

68 ) Malik / pakistan
05/08/2014 12:08
Deepest gratitude and respects to the Bolivian people and President Evo Morales!

69 ) Lina / Russia
06/08/2014 05:09
Obama is the worst for US Poeple , stop him to be President US's poeple next election

70 ) wani / india
10/08/2014 18:52
I appreciate the decision of president n its awareness for Arab (goats) who seem be supporters of killers (Israel) !!! !!!

71 ) Tum / Thailand
13/08/2014 17:15
Well done Bolivia, all my respect goes to you and your leadership for taking such decison. I hope Israel realised now that with their arrogance and "nazi" type behaviour thay have been very successful in escalating in numbers of people around the world (not only muslim population) who dislike/hate Israel for takin so many innocent lives in Gaza and unprecedented destructions. Shame on you! The world population has finally became awake on who you are...no different than Nazis

72 ) Kenneth T. Tellis / Canada
21/08/2014 14:38
I think that Bolivia is barking up the wrong tree, because the terrorism that we in the world are now being carried out such as the beheading of James Wright Foley the American journalist by ISIS is not the exception but the rule in the case of Islam, and throughout the Moslem world. Islam is not a religion per se, but a way of life that came out of the meanderings of a mad Dervish, who somehow thought that he was some kind of prophet, ehich is not the case at all.

73 ) Abu Sijail / Espa?a
23/08/2014 13:44
Qu? grande y que valiente Evo. Alto y claro "we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,".
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