The Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made a controversial statement during a ceremony a Brazilwelcoming Brazilians and Palestinians evacuated from the Strip Gaza. He compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to those of Hamas during his October 7 attacks, calling them both serious. Lula has harshly criticized Israel for what he considers disproportionate strikes, which have resulted in the deaths of many innocent people, including children. These comments provoked an immediate and critical reaction from the Brazilian Jewish community.
Lula’s statement comes amid heightened tension following Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, which killed around 1,200 people, most of them civilians. In response, Israeli attacks on Gaza were massive, with a death toll of 11,240, including many civilians and 4,630 children, according to Gazan sources.. Israel, however, refutes accusations that it deliberately targets civilians, accusing Hamas of using civilian infrastructure for its operations.
The Jewish community of Brazil, representing about 120,000 peoplecriticized Lula’s comments, calling them “wrong “I” dangerous“. They insisted on efforts” visible and proven » of Israel to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties, and called for a more balanced approach from Brazilian authorities in their comments on the conflict.
Finally, Lula expressed his solidarity with the Brazilians and Palestinians affected by the conflict, highlighting the efforts made for their safe repatriation. His remarks reflect the complexity and challenges of modern diplomacy, where humanitarian issues often collide with political and military realities.