Colombia to cut ties with Israel over Gaza, Pedro says: NPR

Colombian President Gustavo Pedro (center right) attends an International Workers' Day rally in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday.

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Colombian President Gustavo Pedro (center right) attends an International Workers' Day rally in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday.

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Colombia to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over its actions in Gaza

The Colombian president addressed a crowd in the capital Bogota on Wednesday Gustavo Pedro said The country said on Thursday it would “sever diplomatic ties with the State of Israel”, calling its government a “genocide”.

“If Palestine dies, humanity dies and we will not let it die,” he said.

Israel has vehemently denied committing genocide in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

“History will remember that Gustavo Pedro decided to side with the most despicable monsters known to mankind,” said the Israeli foreign minister. Israel Katz said said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Colombia is one of the United States' closest partners in Latin America, and it has previously been a close partner of Israel.

But Colombia's leftist president is one of several Latin American leaders who have been vocal against Israel since the military campaign in Gaza in retaliation for the October 7 attack on Israel led by Hamas.

Bolivia severed ties with Israel on October 31. And Nicaragua has accused Germany of violating the Genocide Convention by supplying arms and aid to Israel at the International Court of Justice. Germany denies the accusation.

A United Nations court in The Hague this week rejected Nicaragua's request to order an end to Germany's arms exports to Israel.

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