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Brazilian Jewish community apologizes to President Rousseff's administration

Monday, July 28th 2014 - 07:43 UTC
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Israel's Foreign ministry Yigal Palmor called Brazil a 'diplomatic dwarf” and politically irrelevant Israel's Foreign ministry Yigal Palmor called Brazil a 'diplomatic dwarf” and politically irrelevant
Brasilia on July 23 recalled for consultation its ambassador to Israel, Henrique Sardinha, to protest Israel’s attacks on Hamas in Gaza. Brasilia on July 23 recalled for consultation its ambassador to Israel, Henrique Sardinha, to protest Israel’s attacks on Hamas in Gaza.

Brazil’s Jewish community apologized to the administration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for statements by the spokesman of Israel’s foreign ministry after Brazil recalled its envoy over the Gaza conflict.

 Claudio Lottenberg, the president of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation or CONIB, an umbrella body, apologized to Aloizio Mercadante, the Rousseff administration’s chief of staff, for statements made by Israel’s Yigal Palmor, who called Brazil a “diplomatic dwarf” and a politically irrelevant country, and made fun of the national soccer team’s recent loss to Germany in the World Cup, according to reports citing Brazilian columnist Monica Bergamo.

The spokesman’s comments were “very unfortunate,” Lottenberg reportedly said. “Brazil has the right to express its point of view,” he said.

Brasilia on July 23 recalled for consultation its ambassador to Israel, Henrique da Silveira Sardinha Pinto, to protest Israel’s attacks on Hamas in Gaza.

A day later, CONIB expressed its “indignation with the announcement sent Wednesday, which evidences a one-sided attitude to the conflict in Gaza in which the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes Israel and ignores the actions of the terrorist group Hamas,” CONIB wrote in a statement titled “Reaction to Itamaraty’s (Foreign ministry) declaration which criticizes Israel and spares Hamas any criticism.”

In its statement, the Brazilian ministry wrote: “The Brazilian government considers as unacceptable the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. We vigorously condemn the use of disproportionate force by Israel in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in an elevated number of civilians victims, including women and children.”

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  • Brasileiro

    If we are dwarves because you care about what we say?

    Israel is a cancer deployed by the United States. Israel must be destroyed!

    Jul 28th, 2014 - 03:55 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    Brazil: always doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.

    Jul 28th, 2014 - 04:30 pm 0
  • CabezaDura2

    I like the way the Netanyahu administration treats the Brazilian and Argentine governments… The exact way they should be treated. Its about time the international community take notice.

    Didn’t that fat ugly beattlejuice face Dilma Roussef just headed the BRICS summit with CHINA AND BRAZIL… What did Itamaraty say about the Russian backed Syrian government bombings of Aleppo and Homs by the Assad air force or the gassing of civilians in opposition held neighborhoods of Damascus a year ago??

    What did Dilma’s and Cristina’s govt say to the Chinese premier about the lack of human rights in China the genocides against minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet??
    And what about the racist anti-white gov’t of the ANC and its manslaughter of miners??

    Israel is correct Brazil is a diplomatic dwarf, it never helped Colombia in its war against the FARC, it doesn’t bolster an equivalent of the DEA against drug trafficking in the region.

    Go ahead Israel !!
    Its about time that the democracies of the world should claim the moral up ground they deserve and make no more apologies to the dictators and failed states that make the majority of the UN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIRJO9TaaOI

    Jul 28th, 2014 - 05:37 pm 0
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