President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stated that it is unacceptable that the world cannot find a humanitarian solution to the violence of the war declared by Israel in the Middle East. In a live broadcast on the internet, Lula highlighted that it is necessary to change the actions of the United Nations (UN).
He recalled the Brazilian proposal, presented at the UN Security Council last month, which called for humanitarian pauses in attacks on Palestinian territory to allow aid to enter the region. The text was endorsed by 12 countries, but the United States, which has veto power in the body, defeated the document with just one vote.
“Only one country had the right to veto and vetoed it. This is incomprehensible, it is not acceptable. That’s why we fight to change the UN. The UN of 1945 is no longer worth anything in 2023. That’s why we want to change the number of people, the way it works and end the right of veto.”
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The statements were made the day after the reception of Brazilian families who had been trapped in the Gaza Strip for a month, awaiting repatriation. After many comings and goings, the group arrived in Brazil this Monday (13) and was welcomed by President Lula himself.
“Yesterday was a happy night. I’m very happy. I hope we have the competence to take care of these people. There are young people who are studying, girls and boys who are going to study, children who will have to go to school. We, state governments and municipal governments have to help. What happened yesterday was a godsend.”
In the same speech, Lula criticized the violence of the confrontation and repeated that Israel’s actions against children, women, hospitals and schools also resemble terrorist acts. The president classified the war as insanity.
“Finally we were able to welcome the children of Brazil, who were outside Brazil and who were victims of an insane war. I’ll repeat, an insane war.” Still according to Lula, at a time when the world needs to think about reversing the climate crisis, environmental destruction and inequality, a conflict of this magnitude makes progress impossible.
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“In the 21st century, when we need peace for economic growth, to end inequality, so that we can take care of the climate issue. We’re here, fighting, to prevent deforestation, fires, to reduce greenhouse gases and the guys keep throwing bombs all the time. How much greenhouse gas is in those bombs? How much money is spent on a war, when we have 735 million children starving in the world.”
Lula defended that the UN convene some special mechanism to end the war and highlighted the signs that Israel has been giving that it intends to occupy the Gaza Strip after the attacks. “This is not right, it is not fair. We must ensure the creation of a Palestinian state so that they can live in peace with the Jewish people. May they be good neighbors and only peace can guarantee that.”
The president also said that the government will continue searching for Brazilian men and women who, eventually, are still in the attacked territories and intends to also help relatives of Brazilian citizens who want to come to the country.
“We have a responsibility to look for more Brazilians who are there or try to see if we can release relatives of Brazilians who are there and want to leave. It’s the least we can do. It’s being human, at a time when humans need humanism. This is what Brazil has to do. Brazil will continue fighting for peace, it is unacceptable that we have not found a solution for this.”
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Editing: Vivian Virissimo