Foreign Minister Declares Brazilian President ‘Persona Non Grata’ in Israel

By Aryeh Stern

Brazilian ambassador to Israel Frederico Meyer (C) and Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (L) tour at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Yerushalayim, Monday. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz on Monday said that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was not welcome in Israel until he takes back his comments likening the war against Hamas terrorists in Gaza to the Nazi genocide during World War II.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gives a speech during his visit to the Arab League headquarters, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abdel-Ghany)

Israel has accused Lula of trivializing the Holocaust and causing offense to the Jewish people, and Katz had summoned the Brazilian ambassador for a reprimand over the remarks.

“We will not forget nor forgive. It is a serious antisemitic attack. In my name and the name of the citizens of Israel, tell President Lula that he is persona non grata in Israel until he takes it back,” Katz told Brazil’s ambassador, according to a statement from Katz’s office.

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