La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.
President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.
It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.
The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.
Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”
More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.
In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.
Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.
In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”
Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014.
but imagine if we had tiny little dragons
the size of puppies
and they would go wherever we went sitting on our shoulders and hissing at everyone who tried to touch you because you’re their most special thing in the universe and they are so tiny it’s ridiculously cute
the fact that this post has more notes than i ever expected makes me really glad
Found this little guy outside of a Mexican restaurant last night. His name is Queso
THAT THING LOOKS LIKE A DEMON, WHY WOULD YOU NAME HIM AFTER CHEESE?
IT IS OBVIOUSLY A BLACK FLOOF AND HAS/WILL NEVER HURT A SOUL. DID YOU EVEN LOOK AT IT?!???!
Woman hand weaving ikat silk in the traditional manner
There is only one workshop left in Margilan, Uzbekistan in the Ferghana Valley that does this work by hand.
is this where I start the conversation?
HA! I see you follow me!
I follow you,too!
maybe we should tal-
wow this is the most accurate post of how I try to make friends
Did anyone else read this in Mulan’s “manly voice”?
Did anyone not~?~
Parenting, you’re doing it right.
I can only hope to be this type of parent.
These parents make my heart melt
That last one really got me. That’s such a good idea, and bless his dad for wanting his son to not feel left out. All his friends were probably like “Look at all my candy” and Fletcher was like “LOOK AT ALL MY TOYS HAHA I GOT TOYS”
Fun History Fact: The overwhelming majority of cowboys in the U.S. were Indigenous, Black, and/or Mexican persons. The omnipresent white cowboy is a Hollywood studio concoction meant to uphold the mythology of white masculinity.
I will always re-blog this
Naming the unequal reality of Palestine and Israel, or why saying “But Hamas has rockets” is hurtful
False equivalences benefit those with systemic power by placing equal blame on two parties instead of addressing the reality of occupation and who truly has economic, political, and military power. These are not two equal sides going push for shove. If your definition of peace involves both “sides” no longer fighting but fails to take into account things like freedom of mobility, right to medical care and education, right to water, right to self- determination, right to a safe and secure homes- than I have to wonder why you suggest a type of peace than only benefits some.
There is a difference between an act of violence coming from a place of fear that you are losing your humanity and an act of violence that maintains power. This is not to say that any act of violence is immune from causing pain and fear but I think it is worth noting that it is a privilege to be able to think about resisting conflict nonviolently when you are not the one being bombed.
The UN has stated that Gaza will be inhabitable by 2016 due to lack of water - if you are advocating for a type of peace that calls for simply the absence of bombing but will let Palestinians slowly die than I have to wonder what your definition of peace is. Choosing between starvation, a bullet, or a bomb is not peace.
There is no “higher road” to peace that involves remaining neutral. There is no road to peace that denies the lived experiences of marginalized people. Let us not forget, the concept of ‘neutrality’ is a tool that belongs to those with the most power. It hides and erases structural violence. This is dangerous because structural violence is what makes brute force seem necessary and justified. Dehumanize someone and dropping bombs on their homes seems only like a necessary evil instead of tragedy it truly is.
Of more importance for us to grapple with: what good is a belief in peace that involves no action? What good is a belief in a kind of peace that is more focused on playing God, claiming moral high grounds than healing? Why not start asking about what support and love is needed instead? If you want to listen the Israelis unpack their inherited trauma from their families’ experiences with the Holocaust that is an act of love. If you want to help Palestinians share their stories that often are not told in mainstream media than that is an act of love. If you want to listen to your friends’ pain as they engage in front line activist work, that is an act of love. If you want to be patient with yourself for not knowing every fact and detail but still dedicate yourself to being present in these conversations, then that is an act of love. In the face of so much violence, love can take many forms. But it does not look like indifference, a denial of heartbreak from any type of violence, or an attempt to erase systemic violence that goes beyond the exchanges of brute force (which in themselves are very different realities).
Peace is a verb, an ongoing process of resistance in a world where violence is normalized. Peace is a conscious, intentional effort. Yes, we all want peace but the real question is “how are you creating peace?” What are you willing to do to create peace?
reblog if you agree
Hey look what I can do.
And no, rapists do not have it that bad. Remember when those two football players were CONVICTED of rape due to all the overwhelming evidence and the media wouldn’t even call them rapists and instead pontificated about how saaaaaad it was that the poor kids’ futures were ruined?? I remember. Somehow I think they’ll be fine.
Remember all the ridiculous number of times that college men raped women and got the most insignificant nothing punishments for it? Yeah I bet they’ll be fine, too. Remember how Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a woman and no one even cares anymore, and he still gets to be on TV shows like How I Met Your Mother? He seems pretty ok.
IS THAT EXPLANATION ENOUGH FOR YOU????
'Being called a rapist is one of the biggest insults'
But thing is society dances around calling actual rapists, rapists. That’s the whole point.
Plus have you heard teenage boys? ‘Totally raped that game’
'Just raped that test'
They use it as a synonym for beat or won over, which is a big part of rape culture. Power play