Brazil's Lula accuses Israel of 'genocide' in Gaza

February 19, 2024

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva accused Israel of committing 'genocide' against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip (Ricardo STUCKERT)Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva accused Israel Sunday of committing "genocide" against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and compared its actions to Adolf Hitler's campaign to exterminate Jews. Lula told reporters in Addis Ababa, where he was attending an African Union summit, that what was happening in the Gaza Strip "isn't a war, it's a genocide". "What's happening in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian people hasn't happened at any other moment in history. "I have decided with Foreign Minister (Israel) Katz to summon the Brazilian ambassador in Israel for an immediate reproach." "President Lula supports a genocidal terrorist organisation -- Hamas, and in doing so brings great shame to his people, and violates the values of the free world."