Thursday, July 23, 2009

Brazil: calling a spade a spade...

Viva Brazil! Taragana blog, via As'ad AbuKhalil (Angry Arab).

SAO PAULOIsrael’s foreign minister ran into controversy on the first day of a Latin American trip Tuesday when an official of Brazil’s ruling party reportedly called him a “fascist.”

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Valter Pomar, secretary of international relations for the Workers Party, said that Avigdor “Lieberman is a racist and a fascist” during an interview.

Haaretz reported that Pomar also said that “the Brazilian left is organizing protests” against Lieberman “and against the policy he represents.”

The left-leaning Workers Party has long been sharply critical of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians, and Lieberman has advocated a tough line on Israel’s Arab minority.

He has suggested redrawing Israel’s borders to push areas with heavy concentrations of its Arab citizens outside the country and under Palestinian jurisdiction, while requiring those who remain to sign an oath of loyalty to the Jewish state. Some 20 percent of Israel’s 7 million citizens are Arabs.

Also via Angry Arab: meanwhile the Israeli Government's descent into totalitarianism continues: the Israeli government will remove references to what Palestinians call the "catastrophe" of Israel's creation from textbooks for Arab schoolchildren, the education minister said Wednesday.

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