One Latin American woman’s quest to harness the power of the southern sun.
In 2009, Venezuela and Bolivia cut diplomatic ties with Israel, expressing disgust at the country’s actions during “Operation Cast Lead” – a three-week conflict that included an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip and caused heavy civilian casualties.
The following year, after Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara flotilla that killed 10 people, Nicaragua announced it would suspend ties with Israel.
Since the beginning of Israel’s current offensive on the Gaza Strip against Hamas, five Latin American countries – Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Chile and El Salvador – have withdrawn their ambassadors to Israel in protest. Meanwhile, Bolivia has dubbed Israel a “terrorist state” and rescinded its visa-free policy for Israeli travellers, and Chile has also suspended free-trade negotiations with Israel.
Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have also recalled ambassadors to protest Israel’s operation in Gaza Strip.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet waves as she leaves the Itamaraty Palce after the 6th BRICS summit and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), in Brasilia July 16, 2014.
By: Barak Ravid
El Salvador recalled its Israeli ambassador from Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest the military operation in Gaza, making it the fifth Latin American country to do so.
Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.
Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said recalling ambassadors encourages Hamas.
“Israel expresses its deep disappointment with the hasty decision of the governments of El Salvador, Peru and Chile to recall their ambassadors for consultations,” said Palmor. “This step constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognized as a terror organization by many countries around the world.”
Such countries are handing are handing terrorists a prize, said Palmor.
This is the story of Umm Uthman, a Latina convert and daughter of a US military officer, who had the chance of traveling all over the US. Her interest in Islam began after she read about the life of civil rights leader Malcolm X, and she eventually embraced Islam in the year 2000 after meeting a Muslim family. She is now involved in helping other Spanish-speakers learn about the beauty of Islam through her education-based organization Hablamos Islam (We Speak Islam) and its project Hablamos Islam Niños (We Speak Islam, Kids). She has written and published several bilingual children’s books about various Islamic topics, which have been distributed in countries all over Latin America, Spain and the US.