Chavez: Israel's gov't is 'genocidal'

Venezuelan leader visits Syria, condemns "Zionist gov't that persecutes heroic Palestinian people."

September 4, 2009 21:11
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Chavez: Israel's gov't is 'genocidal'

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the Israeli people not to support their government, which he described as "genocidal" on Friday, the second day of his trip to Syria. Chavez is on an 11-day trip to Libya, Algeria, Syria, Iran, Belarus, Russia and Spain in what he is describing as a bid to build a multi-polar world and decrease US influence in the region. The Venezuelan president has singled out Israel for criticism during his visit to Syria, slamming it for mistreating the Palestinians and being an agent of US imperialism. "The state of Israel has become a murderous lackey at the service of imperialism," Chavez said. "It's a genocidal government. I condemn that Zionist government that persecutes the heroic Palestinian people." Chavez, whose remarks were broadcast by state television in Venezuela, added that "the people of Israel shouldn't support a genocidal government." Chavez spoke in front of about 10,000 people who gathered at a football stadium in the city of Sweida, some 110 kilometers south of Damascus, near the Jordanian border. More than 200,000 people from the Sweida area carry Venezuelan citizenship and most are members of Syria's Druse sect, who immigrated to Venezuela in the past century. Chavez later inaugurated a public garden in the city, naming it after 19th century Latin American independence leader Simon Bolivar. The firebrand Latin American leader has built close ties with Iran, Syria, Cuba and other countries while his relations have grown tense with Israel. Chavez strongly criticized Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip and has said the Jewish state should return to Syria the strategic Golan Heights. Chavez also called for Israel to "take its hands off Latin America also. Because there the US empire is trying to turn Colombia... into the Israel of Latin America." Venezuela and Colombia have been feuding for weeks over negotiations between the Colombian government and Washington that would allow the US military to increase its presence at seven Colombian bases through a 10-year lease agreement. Chavez calls the pending deal a threat to Venezuela. Colombia says it's necessary to more effectively help fight drug traffickers and leftist rebels.

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