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Bolivia Claims Israel a 'Terror State'

President Evo Morales renounces Israel's visa exemption, kowtows to international community's opinions of Gaza.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 7/30/2014, 10:08 PM

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Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state, according to AFP

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."

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."

But the UNHRC - like much of the international community - has blatantly ignored Hamas's tactics.

Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields during Operation Protective Edge, and the IDF has published extensive evidence of the practice.

By contrast, the IDF has dropped leaflets, sent phone messages, and issued general warnings to all civilians within range of upcoming airstrikes to prevent further harm.

Five additional Latin American countries - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Chile - have recalled their envoys over misconceptions regarding the operation, in a move Israel condemned Wednesday as showing "encouragement for Hamas."