Brazilian President Lula insists on accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva insisted on Friday accusing Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza, after he recently sparked a diplomatic crisis due to his comparison of the Israeli attack against Hamas in the Palestinian Strip to… “The Jewish Holocaust”.

“What the State of Israel is doing isn’t war, it’s genocide, because it’s killing women and children,” Lula said during an event in Rio de Janeiro.

On Monday, Israel declared Lula “persona non grata” after he made similar statements.

This is the Brazilian leader’s first reaction since the controversy sparked by his likening of the Israeli attack on Gaza to the Holocaust.

Lula stuck to his position, repeatedly stressing the term “genocide”.

“This is genocide, there are thousands of dead children, and thousands of missing people… It’s not the soldiers who die, but women and children in the hospital… If this isn’t genocide, I don’t know what is,” Lula said.

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