Updated: 1.17.09 DS added another story; see below
compiled by Cem Ertür
16 January, 2009
1) Ahmadinejad: Israelis should pour into streets
2) Bolivia announces the end of diplomatic ties with Israel
excerpts from: ‘Ahmadinejad: Israelis should pour into streets‘
Press TV, 15 January 2009
“I call on all those who live in the occupied territories, including Jews, Christians and Muslims to pour into the streets,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a Thursday message.
He added that Israelis should show their support for the Palestinian nation by joining the world in demonstrating against the crimes committed by Tel Aviv.
“To the people who live under Israeli repression in the occupied territories, you are human beings no matter your religion, race for faith. It is time that you ponder and ask the leaders of the Zionist regime why it is that the people of Gaza are being treated in this way,” said the Iranian president.
Ahmadinejad also urged Israeli soldiers to disobey their commanders when ordered to fire upon the women and children of Gaza.
“Ask yourself why you have to kill women and children and innocent civilians? It is time that you protest over orders given by your commanders. Disobey their orders to massacre and refrain from killing innocent civilians,” he added.
Ahmadinejad urged protests to continue until “the thoughts that fuel disrespect, abuse and racism dry up”.
Bolivia announces the end of diplomatic ties with Israel
Press TV, 15 January 2009
“Bolivia had diplomatic relations with Israel… Considering these grave attacks against … humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel… The crimes committed by the Israeli government affect peace and stability in the world”
[President of Bolivia Eva Morales, 14 January 2009]
Bolivia to take Israel to The Hague
Fri, 16 Jan 2009 19:35:31 GMT
Bolivia is seeking to take Tel Aviv to International Criminal Court over the brutal atrocities the Israeli forces have committed in Gaza.
The Andean state says it is intended to make regional allies take a unified stance against “the Israeli political and military leaders responsible for the offensive on the Gaza Strip” and make it to stand trial at the international body in the Hague, said Sacha Llorenti, whose portfolio covers civil society.
Bolivia followed in the steps of its ally Venezuela and severed diplomatic ties with Israel over its massacre of the Gazans and snubbing the international calls for an ‘immediate’ and ‘durable’ truce, said the Latin American governments.