Venezuela Expels Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza
By Dialogo January 07, 2009As a sign of protest against the Israeli army offensive in the Gaza Strip and in solidarity with the Palestinian people, the Venezuelan government ordered the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Caracas, Shlomo Cohen. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has decided to expel the Israeli ambassador and the staff of the Israeli Embassy in Venezuela, reaffirming its mission of peace and its call for respect for the law internationally." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela condemned the Israeli military offensive in Gaza and expressed "unconditional solidarity with the heroic Palestinian people." "Do not deny the Jewish Holocaust? And what are we seeing happening now in Gaza? Put your hand on the heart and be fair," the Venezuelan president said.