The Latin American country of Bolivia has renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its military offensive in Gaza, declaring it a terrorist state.According to a recent Ma’an News Agency report, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the move, on Wednesday, during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba:
It ‘means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,’ he said.
The 1972 immigration treaty previously allowed Israelis to travel freely in between Israel and Bolivia without a visa.
The country broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009, over a previous massacre on Gaza by the Israeli military.
In mid-July of this year, President Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for crimes against humanity.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.