President Lula Visits Arafat's Mausoleum President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited on Wednesday, the grave of
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, saying he was willing to
talk with all parties, including the Islamist movement Hamas, at the end of a
historic trip to the Palestinian territories. He also inaugurated the "street of
Brazil" in Ramallah (West Bank), near the headquarters of the Palestinian
Authority, before a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
House Committee Urges the Government to Establish an
Embassy for the State of Palestine Sixty one years ago, the world witnessed the expulsion of around 800,000
Palestinians from their cities and villages, the killings of civilians and the
destruction of thousands of their homes. Today, the original Palestinian
refugees and their descendents, estimated to number more than 7 million, have a
real partner to help them establish their new home in the Holy Land. One of the
most dynamic and highly productive countries in the world, Brazil, with respect
to the interest of the international community, has begun to preserve and
maintain Palestinian rights and achievements. On March 18, 2009, the Committee
of Foreign Relations and National Defense of the House, approved a bill
authorizing the Federal Government to donate land in Brasilia for the future
premises of the embassy of Palestine, reported InfoRel. InfoRel also
reported that, according to the Ministry of External Relations, it is of special
interest in the context of the Brazilian foreign policy, to donate a lot to
Palestine, so that the delegation has its own seat in Brasilia.
Palestinians Have a Real Partner for Peace Brazil reaffirmed the interest in the Brazil-Palestine relationship and
the constructive role Brazil can play in the search for peace and security in
the Middle East. President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, that peace in the Middle East is won only with the
participation of Brazil, reported Estadao. The fact that the rest of the world
has been silent during the Israeli atrocities and did not stand up – has not
deterred Brazil. They did not share the appreciation for the great contribution
the Arab people given to Brazil. The Brazil-Palestine relationship cannot
change the past but together can shape the future, and today, with special
support from IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa), Brazil, a country that has served
the most number of years as an elected member of the UNSC than any other
country, is aiming at establishing an independent State of Palestine, recognized
by all member states of the United Nations.
Brazilian Leaders Strongly Support Creation of
Palestine Brazilian leaders from across the political field strongly supported
Palestinian's right to exist in the face of Israeli attacks on the occupied
Palestinian territories. The Workers Party of the Brazilian Government said the
attack by Israel in Gaza is criminal. The military actions of the Jewish state
can only be characterized as state terrorism. Attacks cannot be answered through
actions against civilians. Retaliation against civilians is a typical practice
of the Nazi army: Lídice and Guernica are two examples. The Foreign Ministry
said the Brazilian Government deplores the land invasion of Gaza by the Israeli
Army. President of the Republic Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Reaffirmed the
position of Brazil favoring the existence of both Palestine and Israel.
Deputy Pedro Wilson Stresses Support for Palestine Deputy Pedro Wilson (PT-GO) in January 2009 defended the actions of the
government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in finding a
solution for peace in the Middle East and the immediate cease-fire between
Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, reported Congresso em Foco. He retorted the
criticism of former foreign ministers Celso Lafer and Luis Felippe Lampréia,
both of the FHC government, which questioned the influence of Brazil in the
negotiations and the validity of the visit of Minister Celso Amorim. "Only those
who do not believe in Brazil can make a comment like this, we live a new time
and our international credibility is immense", he said. He reaffirmed the
Brazilian Government, which follows with concern the intensification of
limitless attacks of Israel on the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza,
through a message from President Lula, proposes that the UN intermediate
Government of Brazil Continues to Build Palestine by
Seeking a Seat in the UNSC A major breakthrough in peace negotiations is still not expected between Palestinians and Israelis, unless Israel ends the colonization and abandons the occupied territories. However, the moment of opportunity to achieve concrete progress in building the Palestinian state is now, and the participation of Brazil in the the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will give greater legitimacy to the peace process, and help find a negotiated political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Brazilian government in 2007 and 2008 has announced several measures that would help the country join the UNSC, specifically related to advancing the path of national independence for the Palestinians and security for the Israelis, and has consistently spoken in favor of a ceasefire, and against mutual acts of hostility.
Brazil extends its solidarity to the families of the victims in Gaza The Brazilian government criticized the decision of Israel to conduct
aerial bombing on the Gaza Strip, and extended its solidarity to the families of
the victims of the bombings. The escalation of violence in the region after the
cease-fire between Israel and Hamas undermines efforts for a peaceful negotiated
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, noted the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Brazil on Saturday, December 27, 2008. What Israel is doing in one of
the most densely populated tracts of land in the world, at the end of 2008,
where the unemployment rate is higher than anywhere else in the world, is a war
crime. The Government of Israel must end the siege and the war in Gaza, for the
sake of its neighbors, for the sake of the average Palestinian citizen, for the
sake of the average Israeli citizen, and for the sake of peace. The vicious
cycle must end, sooner than later. Destruction and depopulation of Palestinian
towns and villages has been occurring over the past 60 years.
No Israeli Policy Change on Palestinian Genocide Israel has yet to change its policy on the deliberate and systematic
destruction of 5,000 years of Palestinian heritage and culture, and continues to
build a wall surrounding Palestinian villages and towns and saying that it is up
to historians, not politicians, to discuss issues related to genocide. The
wall, which is being built on 80% Palestinian land, is designed to isolate
Palestinian villages in the West Bank and specifically in East Jerusalem, in
turn forcing thousands to leave their homes as they would then be considered a
security threat. Due to Israeli Genocide policies, poverty is approaching
60% in occupied Palestine, with as high as 80% in Gaza. 450,000 illegal Israeli
settlers now live in more than 150 illegal settlements in occupied Palestine.
Checkpoints and road blocks are now totaling more than 561, which is a primary
tool for Israel to inflect poverty on the Palestinians and deliberately
corrupting the Palestinian economy.
Brazil: Hamas is Not a Terrorist Organization According to Brazilian Ambassador Antonio Patriota’s statement at a
roundtable discussion hosted by George Washington University’s Homeland Security
Policy Institute, on July 29th 2008, Hamas has a political wing that funds
social welfare programs in the Middle East, and unlike the United States, Brazil
does not recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization. "This is something that
was exhaustively examined", Mr. Patriota said. He referred to concerns of the
United States as a "myth", saying the "Three Plus One" initiative that pools
intelligence resources from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the United States
has turned up no evidence to support them. "It cannot be presumed and it has
never been shown that any financing has gone to any military or violent
initiative," he said. Furthermore, Mr. Patriota labeled as unfair assertions
from some national governments and media outlets that Brazil has ungoverned
space. Learn more
Brazil Sent a Note of Protest to Israel Brazil sent a note of protest to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Israel condemning the action that kept the
daughter of ambassador of Brazil Pedro Motto Pinto Coelho in
Tel Aviv, arrested for about three hours in the immigration
of Ben Gurion international airport in Lod-Israel, reported
the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations.
The ambassador of Israel in Brasilia, Tzipora Rimon, was
also called by the head of the department of the Middle East
at Itamaraty, Sarkis Karmirian, to provide information on
the episode. The diplomatic incident occurred in the early hours of 7/17/2008,
when the ambassador's daughter, Laila Pinto Coelho, 25, was detained for
investigations upon arrival in Israel for a month long visit. After being
informed of the detention, Mr. Motta came as a diplomat and asked that his
daughter be freed. He was rudely received and later expelled from the room.
In Memoriam: Farewell Mahmoud Darwish Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish has died after open heart surgery at
13h35 GMT, 8/9/2008. Best known for his work describing the Palestinian struggle
for independence, the experience of exile and factional infighting, Mr. Darwish
was a vocal critic of Israeli policy and the occupation of Palestinian lands.
Last year, Darwish recited a poem damning the deadly infighting between rival
Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah, describing it as "a public attempt at
suicide in the streets". Identity Card by Mahmoud Darwish: Record! I am an Arab.
And my identity card is number fifty thousand. I have eight children. And the
ninth is coming after a summer. Will you be angry?
President Lula: Support to Palestinian Government is
Vital Brazil is determined to find a way towards a resolution that will end the
Israeli occupation of Arab land, and continues to shore up support for a
durable, negotiated land for peace deal between Palestinians and Israelis. A
peace that will lead to a sovereign, democratic, cohesive and economically
viable Palestinian State in the territories occupied since 1967. Brazil, a
country that has served the most number of years as an elected member of the
UNSC than any other country, is capable of developing a foundation for a
disengagement plan, and a proposal for abandonment of the Israeli military
system and all settlements from the West Bank. Recent actions by Brazil have
included the sending of a 20 person delegation to the Palestinian territories to
start making real progress towards the creation of a Palestinian state, and make
a real contribution towards peace in the Middle East.
IBSA: Negotiations Must Bring an End to the Israeli
Occupation In Cape Town at the Ministerial Meeting of the India-Brazil-South Africa
(IBSA) Dialogue Forum, May 11, 2008, the Ministers of the three nations
supported negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to bring an end to
the Israeli occupation. The Ministers expressed their continuing support for the
Annapolis Peace Process as well as the Arab Peace Initiative, and the recent
Yemeni initiative aimed at restoring Palestinian unity. The Brazilian Foreign
Minister, Ambassador Celso Amorim, reiterated what was said at the Annapolis
Peace Conference. Learn more
BPNIC Denounce and Condemn Israeli Measures on Holy
Saturday During the Orthodox Easter celebrations, Palestinian Christians were
denied their right to worship freely in Jerusalem; they were not allowed to
arrive to the Orthodox Patriarchate where celebrations normally take place, and
they were not allowed to reach the St. Jacob Cathedral near the Christian
Quarter of the Old City. The Israeli police had set up barricades at the Gates
of the Old City, and when Christian worshipers arrived the Israeli police
started shouting at them and pushing them, and there was an incident when the
police threw tear gas and beat the Christian worshipers with clubs.
Brazilian Administration Rejects Israeli Violence in
Gaza The Brazilian Administration received with distress the news about the
recent Israeli Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip, with at least twenty
Palestinians dead, of which included civilians, five children and a press
professional. The Brazilian Administration rejects the Israeli violence in Gaza,
which also caused the loss of life of three Israeli soldiers, close to the kibbutz Be'eri. The Brazilian Administration reiterated the rejection to any
violent actions, reported the Ministry of Foreign Relations on 4/17/2008. Brazil
exhorts that all involved parties exercise moderation and the preservation of
innocent civilians' life in pursuit of peace efforts, based on the understanding
reached at the Annapolis Conference.
Brazil Invites Palestinian Government to Join
Mercosul Led by Evandro Didonet from Itamaraty, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Department of International Negotiations, a Brazilian delegation visited
Ramallah for a round of meetings with Palestinian government officials and
policy makers on April 7th, 2008. Desiring to promote mutual relations and
improve friendship between them, both nations determined to strengthen and
develop the economic relations by allowing the Palestinian National Authority to
join a free trade agreement with Mercosul. Diplomat Mufid Shami,
responsible of the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also present.
Also during the Ramallah meetings, the Palestine Liberation Organization reaffirmed
Palestinian interest to promote cooperation in areas which are of mutual interest
by signing a free trade agreement with Mercosul.
Brazil Continues Promoting Middle East Peace and
Dialogue Brazil continues promoting Middle East peace and dialogue and at the
invitation of the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, the
U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, visited Brazil March 13 and 14, 2008,
and both governments reaffirmed: Are committed to the process initiated at the
Annapolis Meeting to promote Middle East peace. They exchanged ideas on ways of
providing support for Israeli and Palestinian efforts to realize the shared
vision of two states, living side-by-side in peace and security. Their
determination to maintain a strategic dialogue on global issues through biannual
consultative meetings. Their intent to maintain a dialogue to address
issues related to peace, security, and economic well-being in Africa and the
Middle East. Learn more
Brazil and Members of the ASPA Affirm Commitment to
Palestinians Brazil's Celso Amorim along with other Ministers of Foreign Affairs of
South America and Arab countries (ASPA) gathered in Buenos Aires on 20 and 21
February 2008. ASPA member states reaffirm the need to intensify existing
efforts to resume the peace process in order to reach fair, lasting and
comprehensive peace in the Israeli-Arab conflict on all tracks on the basis of
relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the General Assembly of the
United Nations, as well as the Madrid Framework, in particular the "Land for
Peace Principle", the Road Map, and the "Arab Peace Initiative" adopted at the
Beirut Summit (2002), and reactivated at the Riyadh Summit (2007) and the
Annapolis Conference (2007).
Brazil-Palestine Sign BPNIC Fostered Agreement for
Joint Political and Economic Cooperation Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and Palestinian Foreign Minister
Riyad al-Malki sign a BPNIC fostered agreement that designates Palestine as a
major Arab League ally of Brazil. The memorandum comprises one of the most
comprehensive agreements ever signed between the two countries, marking a major
turning point in their relations. The agreement emphasizes the importance of
working together to be aware of the value of their distinctive dialogue and
agree to regular discussions and periodic meetings between the presidents,
between the ministers of foreign affairs, and between the council of ministers
and executive committees of both nations.
Palestinian National Authority Hosts a Two Day Visit by
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim For two days, the Brazilian government of President Lula, is sending
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim to the occupied Palestinian city of Ramallah.
Several sessions will be held from February 12th - 13th which will include Mr.
Amorim, President Abbas, and several Palestinian and Brazilian congressional
staffers and policy professionals. Minister Celso Amorim, following
several discussions which already took place amongst Brazilian parliament
leaders, will discuss ways to provide Palestinians with more opportunities for
economic development while providing Israelis with security for their nation.
Military Operations in Gaza Similar to Terrorist
The Israeli military operations in Gaza, which began at around the start of the
second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, closely resemble the actions of
the Zionist terrorist organization Irgune, which operated in Palestine between
1931 and 1948. Irgune, shorthand for the National Military Organization in
the Land of Israel, a predecessor to today's Israeli Likud party, included
attacks against Palestinians and British, and expressed the ideology that every
Jew had the right to enter Palestine.
Brazil May Receive More Palestinian Refugees
Brazil may receive a new group of Palestinian refugees in 2008, reported Agência
Brasil and the Brazil-Arab News Agency. The statement was made by the president
of the National Committee for Refugees, Conare, Luiz Paulo Barreto, who asserted
that one of the lines of work of the committee will consist of evaluating the
integration of the 108 Palestinians that arrived in Brazil last year.
Mercosul-Israel Agreement Reinforces Peace in the
The signing of a free trade agreement between Mercosul and Israel and the recent
contribution of R$ 5.4 million from Brazil to the Palestinian government’s economic
reforms program, reinforces peace and equality in the
Middle East, according to the opinion of Husam Bajis, executive director of the
Brazilian Palestinian National Interest Committee.
Farouk Kaddoumi: Refugees are Key to Palestinian
Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi, Chairman of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement
(Fatah), Secretary General of the Fatah Central Committee and head of the
Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), reiterated
in Damascus-Syria, that Palestinian Refugees' Right of Return is his top
priority and key to establishing a Palestinian state.
Congress Supports Lula in the Rebuilding of Palestine
During the International Donors’ Conference for Palestine in Paris, on December
17, the delegation of Brazil, led by the Undersecretary-General for Commercial
Cooperation and Promotion, Ambassador Ruy Nunes Pinto Nogueira, confirmed
President Lula Da Silva's campaign in the Holy Land, and announced a
contribution of US$3 million (R$ 5.4 million) in the next three years, to the
Palestinian government’s economic reforms program.
Speaker of the House to UN: You did Not Partition Palestine
"On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the UN approved a
resolution for the partition of Palestine, however this partition did not
happen", stated the Speaker of the House, Arlindo Chinaglia (PT-SP), Agência
Câmara reported. The UN, according to Mr. Chinaglia, has the
commitment to create a Palestinian State, since Israel has already been
Celso Amorim To Attend Peace Conference in Annapolis
The Department of State on Wednesday, November 21 2007, announced that it is dispatching
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim to the US-hosted peace conference in
Annapolis, Maryland on November 27, the Agence France-Presse reported. The
announcement by the Department of State follows weeks of discussions amongst
Brazilian leaders including House Representatives Vieira da Cunha, Aldo
Rebelo and Nilson Mourão. Learn more
Israel Deports Christian Clergy from Ramallah
The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) in Jerusalem has
reported on September 23rd 2007 that Israel has stopped issuing re-entry
visas to Christian ministers. HCEF also reported that Rev. Fares
Khleifat, a Christian minister and the only Greek Melkite priest in
Ramallah, was deported on September 14, 2007.
Lula’s Government Continues to Build the Bridge to Palestine
The Brazilian government of President Lula Da Silva decided to step up
its campaign in the Holy Land by appointing a new ambassador to Palestine.
Ligia Maria Scherer will be the next head of the Brazilian representative in
Ramallah and will assume responsibilities in the month of October.
BPNIC Director Meets with Brazilian-Palestinian Owned Companies
BPNIC Executive Director, Husam Bajis during the month of August toured
the state of Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte meeting with
Palestinian-Brazilian owned companies in order to establish relations with
U.S. based industries and begin export.
Brazil Wants Improved Life Conditions for Palestinians
The Brazilian government received with satisfaction the news of
release of 255 Palestinian prisoners by the government of Israel, on July
20th. Learn more
Brazil’s Public Opinion Favors Palestinians
After the 40 years following Israel’s annexation of Palestinian lands, more
Brazilian’s have placed their sympathy with the Palestinians than with
Israel, according to a BBC World Service public opinion poll.
Palestinian Teenagers Died from Israeli
After living under forced Israeli poverty for 12 years, two teenage
Palestinian boys having the same age died of wounds they received from
bullets that struck them in their bodies as they were scavenging metal to
sell for food for their families in Gaza, the Palestine News Agency
reported. Learn more
Brazil concerned about Palestinian Parliamentarians in Israeli Jails
The Brazilian Government on May 25th received with concern
news about the detention of Palestinian authorities
and parliamentarians by Israeli Defense Forces, in
operations carried out in Gaza and the West Bank.
Brazil Renews its Confidence in the National Unity Government
Brazil on Friday May 18th renewed its confidence in the formation of the new
Palestinian national unity government.
Brazil Welcomes New Palestinian National Unity Government
The Brazilian government expects the new government and dialogue between the
Palestinian parties will decrease differences of opinion, and smooth the way
for normalization of relations between the Palestinian National Authority and the
PLO Issues a Report Indicating Israel has Stepped Up Operations
The PLO issued a report indicating since September 29, 2000 (the start of the second Palestinian upraising against Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands) until the end of February 2007, Israeli armed forces have killed 4,698 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The PLO Reaches an Agreement
The PLO Executive Committee briefed the United States that an agreement
within the PLO was reached to remain committed to the Road Map and the
vision of President Bush of two states.
Brazilian Leaders Strongly Support Creation of Palestine
Brazilian leaders from across the political field strongly supported
Palestinian's right to exist in the face of Israeli attacks on the
occupied Palestinian territories.