Columbia will sever diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza

Colombian President Gustavo Petro has said he will sever diplomatic ties with Israel over its actions in Gaza.

Mr Petro has already heavily criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called on the International Court of Justice to join the South African case accusing Israel of genocide.

He added that countries cannot be passive in the face of events in Gaza.

He said this to a cheering crowd in Bogota, who supported his social and economic reforms.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz accused Petro of being “anti-Semitic and full of hatred,” claiming Petro’s action was a reward for the armed group Hamas, which led a deadly attack on Israeli military bases and communities on October 7.

Bolivia ended relations with Israel at the end of October last year, while many other Latin American countries, including Colombia, Chile and Honduras, have recalled their diplomats.