Ione Belarra of Spain urges Israel to cease the alleged “genocide” of Palestinians in Gaza.

During an interview with Al Jazeera, the politicians of the left-wing ideology expressed their concern over the lack of action by global leaders in response to Israel’s aggressive actions.

During an interview with Al Jazeera, Ione Belarra, the Spanish minister for social rights and leader of the far-left Podemos party, urged the international community to impose sanctions on Israel. Belarra accused Israel of committing a “planned genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza. Additionally, she criticized world leaders for their apparent double standard, pointing out that while human rights abuses in Ukraine have been condemned, there has been a “deafening silence” regarding the victims of Israeli bombardment.

Belarra expressed on Wednesday that the Israeli state should cease its orchestrated genocide targeting the Palestinian people. She questioned why we are able to impart lessons on human rights in other conflicts, yet fail to do so when the world is witnessing this horrifying situation. The loss of numerous innocent children’s lives and the anguished cries of mothers witnessing the brutal killing of their offspring further emphasize the urgency of this matter.

It is imperative for Spain and other countries to sever diplomatic ties with Israel as a form of protest against their attack on Gaza, as stated by the speaker.

Israel initiated a relentless bombardment of Gaza, a highly populated region, with the objective of quashing Hamas, the Palestinian group governing the Gaza Strip. This military action resulted in the loss of over 10,000 lives, including numerous innocent children, as well as causing extensive destruction.

According to diplomatic sources cited by El Pais newspaper, Ivan Illarramendi, whom Hamas abducted on October 7, has reportedly passed away. He resided in a kibbutz. Spain, like other Western countries, is making efforts to evacuate its citizens from Gaza amidst the crisis.

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Europe needs to seize the opportunity to take action.

Shortly after the commencement of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of the previous year, the European Union promptly imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his associates.

Belarra proposed that the European Union replicate its expeditious response when dealing with Israel.

They responded to the Ukraine war with a sense of urgency.

“We are missing out on a valuable chance. Currently, there are numerous actions we could take,” she expressed, suggesting the implementation of economic sanctions on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom she labeled as a “war criminal,” and his associates.

Those politicians accountable for authorizing bombing campaigns that deliberately harm innocent civilians, she asserted, should be summoned to the International Criminal Court and face trial for their actions, which she deemed a blatant violation of human rights.

She expressed her strong desire for both her country and other nations to sever diplomatic ties with Israel. She believed such a move would effectively convey the desired political message, emphasizing the collective disapproval of having any association with a leader deemed a war criminal. Despite acknowledging Israel’s significant power and influential alliances, she emphasized the urgent need for resolute action.

Spain’s acting left-wing coalition government, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, includes Podemos, the junior partner in Belarra’s party. The release of over 200 hostages taken during the Hamas attack has been demanded by Spain, along with a call for a truce. Additionally, Spain is urging the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, where the scarcity of food and the imminent collapse of health and water services are major concerns.

On Wednesday, Spanish television RTVE was informed by José Manuel Albares, the foreign minister of Spain, that Madrid intends to increase its assistance to the civilian population of Gaza to $43m, effectively doubling the previous aid amount.

More dignified position’

The demand for a ceasefire in the ongoing war has led to political polarization across Europe, with protests taking place in various cities.

 Unlike some neighboring countries, Spain has not imposed any official restrictions on pro-Palestinian marches, which have been held in Madrid, Barcelona, and other cities. While Spain has a significant Muslim population, it also has a sizeable Jewish community.

The Spanish government has been more sympathetic towards the Palestinian cause than some other European countries, but its stance has been more balanced than that of some politicians. Spain’s foreign policy expert, Ignacio Molina, has noted that the country has a good relationship with Israel, but it has also made sympathetic gestures towards Palestine. 

Recently, Spain offered citizenship to Sephardic Jews who were expelled from the country in 1492. The Spanish government has also honored United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has been criticized by Israel for his remarks on the Hamas attacks.

Sources Al Jazeera.

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