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Israel furious after Brazil’s Lula compares Gaza war to Holocaust


JERUSALEM: Israel accuses Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to trivialize the Holocaust and offending Jewish people on Sunday after comparing Israel’s war against Hamas militants in Gaza to the Nazi genocide during World War II.
“What is happening in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian people has no equivalent in other historical moments. In fact, it existed when Hitler decided to kill the Jews,” Lula told reporters during of the 37th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem announced it would summon Brazil’s ambassador to reprimand him following comments described as “shameful and serious” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“This is a trivialization of the Holocaust and an attempt to attack the Jewish people and Israel’s right to defend itself. To make comparisons between Israel, the Nazis and Hitler is to cross a line. red line,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
BrazilThe presidential palace and the Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, the Brazilian Jewish Confederation said Lula’s remarks constituted a “perverse distortion of reality” and “offended the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and their descendants”, and accused his government of a position “extreme and unbalanced” on the conflict.
Earlier on Sunday, Lula also condemned the suspension of humanitarian aid to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), calling for an investigation into the errors without cutting funding to help those affected by what he called it “genocide.”
“This is not a war between soldiers and soldiers, it is a war between a highly prepared army and women and children,” he said.
UNRWA is facing financial difficulties following Israel’s claim that 12 of its 13,000 personnel in Gaza were involved in the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.


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