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“Israeli Genocide in Gaza Similar to Nazi Holocaust Against Jews”, Says Brazilian President On Saturday, many other leaders at an African Union summit also condemned Israel’s war in Gaza and called for its immediate end.

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Addis Ababa : 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.

“What’s happening in the Gaza Strip isn’t a war, it’s a genocide,” Lula told reporters in Addis Ababa where he was attending an African Union summit.

“It’s not a war of soldiers against soldiers. It’s a war between a highly prepared army and women and children,” added the veteran leftist.

“What’s happening in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian people hasn’t happened at any other moment in history. Actually, it has happened: when Hitler decided to kill the Jews.”

They were among the strongest comments yet on the conflict from Lula, a prominent voice for the global south whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the G20.

On Saturday, leaders at an African Union summit condemned Israel’s war in Gaza and called for its immediate end.

Moussa Faki, the chair of the African Union Commission, said Israel’s offensive was the “most flagrant” violation of international humanitarian law and accused Israel of having “exterminated” Gaza’s inhabitants.

Faki spoke alongside Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, who also addressed the summit.

“Rest assured we strongly condemn these attacks that are unprecedented in the history of mankind,” Faki said to applause from delegates. “We want to reassure you of our solidarity with the people of Palestine.”

Azali Assoumani, president of the Comoros and the outgoing chairperson of the African Union, praised the case brought by South Africa against Israel at the International Court of Justice while condemning “the genocide Israel is committing in Palestine under our nose.”

“The international community cannot close its eyes to the atrocities that are committed, that have not only created chaos in Palestine but also have disastrous consequences in the rest of the world,” Assoumani said.

However, earlier to this Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also denounces #Gaza events as #genocide , emphasises need for #Palestinian statehood and UN resolution implementation. In an interview with Turkey’s Andalou, she emphasised the inherent right of the Palestinian people to establish their own nation. 

On the current situation in Gaza, she said, “I feel it is a genocide. So we never support it. The Gazan people have the right to live, it is a very sad thing. So we should help them, and stop this invasion and war.”

Hasina revealed that Bangladesh has extended support to the residents of the besieged enclave and urged the global community to aid the “suffering children, women, and people of Palestine”.

Meanwhile, an Oscar-winning American actress Susan Sarandon also joined Palestine solidarity activists at the US Capitol to lobby Congress for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

“I have a right to object to my taxes being spent on a genocide,” Oscar-winning American actress Susan Sarando said.

However, Israel has condemned Brazil’s president after he accused Israel of committing genocide in Gaza, comparing its actions to the Holocaust.

Mr Netanyahu said Lula’s remarks amounted to “Holocaust trivialisation and an attempt to harm the Jewish people and the right of Israel to defend itself”.

“The comparison between Israel to the Holocaust of the Nazis and Hitler is crossing a red line,” he said in a statement.

Six million Jewish people were systematically murdered by Hitler’s Nazi regime during the 1930s and 1940s.

Israel has summoned the Brazilian ambassador for a meeting on Monday.

-With Agency Input

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