This Wednesday, Evo Morales, the Bolivian President finally declared Israel a terrorist state due to the ongoing “events” in the Gaza Strip. So as of now, Isreali citizens will be required to obtain a visa before crossing the borders to Bolivia. Though according to La Razón, previously under a 1972 agreement, Israelis could freely travel into Bolivia without having to get their hands on a visa, but things have now changed.
Being considered as a “group 3” country, their visa applications now have to be greenlighted by the National Migration Administration in Bolivia. Página Siete even reported Morales saying; “In other words, we are declaring a terrorist state. Israel does not respect the principles or purposes of the United Nations charter nor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Evo Morales, who was a huge admirer of Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president, and his Bolivarian socialism, also broke off any diplomatic relations with Israel as early as 2009, stamping Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians as “a genocide.”
Other South American countries have also shown great support and boldly stated where they stand by taking on huge political and financial standpoints. As of today, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have all called back their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the war in Gaza.
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