FM Katz to reprimand Brazil envoy over president’s comparison of Gaza op to Holocaust

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa on February 18, 2024. (Ricardo STUCKERT / Brazilian Presidency / AFP)
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa on February 18, 2024. (Ricardo STUCKERT / Brazilian Presidency / AFP)

Foreign Minister Israel Katz will give a formal reprimand to Brazil’s ambassador this morning at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, after Brazil’s president likened Israel’s campaign against Hamas to Hitler’s Holocaust of the Jews.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Katz will “make clear to the ambassador that statements like these are totally unacceptable,” and that Hamas killed over 1,000 people on October 7 simply because they are Jews and Israelis.

Katz is expected to give a statement to the press after the meeting.

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