Petro announces severing of Colombia’s diplomatic ties with Israel – Odd News

During the celebration of International Workers’ Day, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro surprised by announcing the severance of diplomatic relations with Israel.

The reason given was the recent massacre against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where more than 34,000 people have been killed since October last year.

The statement came during a speech before hundreds of supporters in Bogotá’s Bolívar Square.

“To you, the government of change, the president informs that tomorrow diplomatic relations with Israel will be severed for having a genocidal president,” Petro declared.

The Colombian president expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian people, stating that “the world can be summed up in a single word, all the symbols and colors can be summed up in a single word that represents the need for life, rebellion, the raised flag and resistance: this word is Gaza, it is Palestine, it is the dead children and babies, torn apart by bombs.”

Petro also emphasized international support for the Palestinian cause and emphasized the need to oppose violence.

This announcement represents the latest step in a diplomatic escalation initiated by the Colombian government to condemn Israel’s military actions against Gaza following the Hamas attacks last October.

With this decision, Colombia joins Bolivia and Venezuela on the list of South American countries that do not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel.

The president’s participation in the May Day demonstrations also served to defend his government against attacks from the right and far right, which threatened to overthrow him over proposed reforms in health care, education, pensions and labor laws.