Fidel Castro, Alice Walker, Bolivian president condemn Israel, join Latin American boycott call

Palestinians attend the funeral of 14-year-old Ahmed al-Masri, killed in an Israeli airstrike in Deir al-Balah in Gaza, 10 August.

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A group of high-profile political figures predominantly from Central America, South America and the Caribbean — including Bolivian President Evo Morales, US author Alice Walker, deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (signed with his common name “Mel Zelaya”), former Cuban president Fidel Castro (who signed shortly after the statement’s initial release), Cuban musician Silvio Rodrígiuez, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano and others — have signed onto a strongly worded statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people under the banner of the Network for the Defense of Humanity.

The statement, titled “In Defense of Palestine,” condemns Israeli colonial occupation of Palestine, the ongoing attacks on the Gaza Strip and US imperialism and European complicity in Israel’s actions. The statement also calls for support of global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns.

It takes as its starting point Bolivian President Evo Morales’ 30 July declaration of Israel as a “terrorist state,” a statment made upon revoking a 1972 Israeli-Bolivian visa agreement in reponse to Israel’s ongoing attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

The full “In Defense of Palestine” statement is reproduced below along with the list of original signatories. It is available on the América Latina en Movimiento website in both Spanish and English.

We take up as our own the words of compañero Evo Morales, a founder of the Network in Defense of Humanity and President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, who has declared Israel to be a terrorist state.

We express our absolute repulsion at the genocide being carried out against the Palestinian people by a state founded on dispossession and the colonial occupation of Palestinian territories.

We pay recognition to, and express our solidarity with, the Palestinian people and its resistance organizations, especially in Gaza, in their heroic struggle against Israeli attempts to exterminate them and seize the small pieces that remain of what was once their homeland.

We condemn the imperialist role of the United States that politically, financially and militarily sponsors and backs Israel, in the face of the extraordinary inaction of the UN Security Council whose resolutions on the question of Palestine are systematically violated with complete impunity by Washington. The United States is once again demonstrating the hypocrisy and cynicism with which it has acted throughout history, threatening sanctions and interventions against the peoples of Latin America, Africa and Eurasia who defend their sovereignty at the same time as its backs the actions of Israel.

We denounce the complicity in what is occurring, by default in some cases, of the governments that make up the European Union, as well as the unconditional subordination of the media oligarchs to Washington’s dictates. Enough of calling it a war when in fact it is a genocide being perpetrated by one of the best equipped armies in the world against a people whose defensive resources are infinitely inferior in quantity and quality!

We encourage you to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against the terrorist state of Israel, as it is time for active and creative solidarity that goes beyond statements of condemnation. We have failed the more than 1600 people killed in Palestine over the last few weeks, as well as the more than 9000 injured since the start of the terrorist operation hypocritically named “Protective Edge.”

We demand an end to apartheid and genocide, as well as to the walls and illegal settlements. We call on the governments of the world to demand that Israel complies with UN Security Council resolutions that oblige it to withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, return to the borders that existed prior to the “Six Day War” (1967) and guarantee the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as per Security Council Resolution No. 242, November 22, 1967, a resolution that has been consistently ignored by the state of Israel.

We call for a real political solution to the conflict in Palestine on the basis of dialogue, negotiation and the existence of two states with equal rights and delineated borders that are internationally recognized. We believe this solution must begin with the immediate lifting of the blockade on Gaza and the liberation of all Palestinian political prisoners. We congratulate the governments of ALBA [Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas], Mercosur [Common Market of the South] and other governments of the South for their position of solidarity against the barbaric actions of Israel in Gaza.

We adopt as our own the words of the revolutionary Nelson Mandela: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” We affirm that Israel has morally and politically lost this battle in the face of the brave Palestinian people and the growing condemnation by the peoples of the world of a “criminal” state that violates international law. The unbreakable Palestinian resistance will be rewarded, sooner rather than later, with the smiles of their children in a free homeland.

Against Israeli terrorism and US imperialism, in defense of the right to self-determination for Palestine and all the peoples of the world!(Translation: Fred Fuentes)

Sign on: 

La Paz, Bolivia
August 4 2014

Initial signatories:

Evo Morales, Bolivia; Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentina; Pablo González Casanova, México; Eduardo Galeano, Uruguay; Roberto Fernández Retamar, Cuba; Federico Mayor Zaragoza, España; Silvio Rodríguez, Cuba; Luis Arce Catacora, Bolivia; Gianni Vattimo, Italia; Gabriela Rivadeneira, Ecuador; Alice Walker, Estados Unidos; István Meszáros, Hungría/Reino Unido; Samir Amin, Egipto; Alfonso Sastre, País Vasco; Nardi Suxo, Bolivia; Enrique Dussel, México; Marta Harnecker, Chile; Carmen Bohorquez, Venezuela; Cesar Navarro, Bolivia; Miguel Barnet , Cuba; Franz Hinkelammert, Alemania/ Costa Rica; Héctor Arce Zaconeta, Bolivia; Piedad Córdoba, Colombia; Reverendo Raúl Suárez, Cuba; Martín Almada, Paraguay; Fernando Rendón, Colombia; Graziella Pogolloti, Cuba; Sacha Llorenti, Bolivia; Ana Esther Ceceña, México; Luis Britto, Venezuela; Rafael Cancel Miranda, Puerto Rico; Atilio Boron, Argentina; Theotonio Dos Santos, Brasil; Alfredo Rada, Bolivia; Farruco Sesto, Venezuela; Obispo Pedro Casaldaliga; Catalunya-Brasil; Ángel Guerra Cabrera, Cuba/ México; Juan Carlos Trujillo, Bolivia; Mel Zelaya, Honduras; Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Perú; Patricia Villegas, Colombia/Venezuela; María Nela Prada, Bolivia; Stella Calloni, Argentina; José Steinsleger, Argentina/México; Omar González, Cuba; Hugo Moldiz, Bolivia; Pascual Serrano, España; Raúl Pérez Torres, Ecuador; Obispo Raúl Vera, México; Joao Pedro Stedile, Brasil; Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Portugal; Rodrigo Álvarez Cambras, Cuba; Socorro Gomes, Brasil; Katu Arkonada, País Vasco/Bolivia

Correction: The initial version of this post erroneously said Eduardo Galeano was from Ecuador instead of Uruguay.




Yes, Eduardo Galeano is an Uruguayan writer. Very well known in Latinamerica


Please note that reknown writer Eduardo Galeano (author of "Las venas abiertas de América Latina" and "Memoria del Fuego" among many other classics) is NOT from Ecuador but from URUGUAY. Thank you.


It makes me feel so embaressed that not a single Muslim country had the desire to express the solidarity expressed by the South American countries, especially the President of Bolivia and other VIPs. It is a shame!


Someone should tell Noam Chomsky, who has argued that no state sanctions Israel as a reason to oppose BDS, about the positions of Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, etc. They aren't exactly legislated sanctions, but it says something when heads of state advocate boycott.


Thank you for standing with PALESTINE brothers and sisters THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY in the fight for humanity