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Israel halts security exports to Colombia as president likens IDF to Nazis

Colombia's President Gustavo Petro speaks to supporters during a rally in Bogota, Colombia, June 7, 2023.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Colombia's President Gustavo Petro speaks to supporters during a rally in Bogota, Colombia, June 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Israel announces that it is halting security exports to Colombia after President President Gustavo Petro likened the Israeli military to Nazis when asked to condemn the Hamas onslaught.

The Foreign Ministry summons Colombian ambassador Margarita Manjarez for a dressing down in the wake of Petro’s comments.

“At the meeting, it was made clear to the ambassador that her president’s statements were received in Israel with shock given Hamas’s barbaric terrorist attack, in which more than 1,300 Israelis were murdered and over 150 innocent civilians were kidnapped,” says spokesperson Lior Hayat.

Israel condemns the president’s statements, which constitute support for the horrific acts of Hamas terrorists, inflame antisemitism, harm representatives of the State of Israel, and threaten the safety of the Jewish community in Colombia. As the first measure taken in response, Israel decided to stop security exports to Colombia,” Hayat says.

Since the news of the attacks spread on Saturday, Gustavo Petro — a former member of the M19 armed guerilla movement and Colombia’s first left-wing president in decades — has tweeted and retweeted a steady stream of pro-Palestinian messages on his account on X.

Among his tweets, he said that Gaza is being “converted into a concentration camp.”

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