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eauclaireliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 12:59 PM
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Venezuela Halts Issuing Visas to Israelis
Venezuela Halts Issuing Visas to Israelis

AL-QUDS, Oct. 23--Venezuela has ceased issuing tourist visas to Israelis, accenting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's harsh criticism of the occupation regime.

Chavez recalled his top diplomat in Israel to protest the "genocide Israel was committing in Lebanon" during the occupation regime's 34-day invasion of Lebanon.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
gestures at Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
Chavez has termed Israel's occupation of
Lebanon as a "new Holocaust".


He also termed the occupation regime's military offensive in Lebanon as a "new Holocaust".

Such a recall is one of the strongest diplomatic moves short of severing diplomatic relations.

The Zionist regime, in response, briefly called its ambassador to Venezuela to Occupied Palestine for consultations.

He has since returned to his post. But Venezuela's charge d'affaires has yet to return to Occupied Palestine.

Reached on Monday by phone by the Associated Press from Venezuela, Hector Quintero said no tourist visas had been issued since his departure, two and half months ago.
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:02 PM
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1. That's not going to go over well.
:kick:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:03 PM
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2. I doubt there's anything Israel can do about it.
Venezuella isn't within bombing range, and could defend themselves if Israel tried.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:21 PM
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5. How big is Venezuela? How large is its population?
Edited on Thu Nov-16-06 01:22 PM by aquart
A gorilla is screaming about seeing a mouse.

On edit: And you are pretending the mouse is a gorilla. Why is that?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:18 PM
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3. NOT!!
<snip>

But Venezuela's charge d'affaires has yet to return to Israel. Reached on Monday by phone from Venezuela, Hector Quintero said no tourist visas had been issued since his departure, two and half months ago. Quintero said he was unaware of any official policy change in Caracas regarding the entry of Israelis.

He said the visa freeze was related to "technical" issues relating to his absence from Israel, saying it would be addressed if and when he was sent back to Israel.

More:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=115919350425...
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:19 PM
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4. Where are his statements on Darfur?
Get back to me with that.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:22 PM
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6. I'm sure the long lines of Israeli tourists will have nowhere else to visit now
:sarcasm:

He's only hurting himself.
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:23 PM
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7. Israeli tourists and businessmen
Are sometimes Mossad assassins.
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happydreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:27 PM
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8. First thing I thought too. K&R
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:29 PM
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9. The down-side to a military nation-state.
When all of the citizens are members of the military, the are all subject to military authority and military duty.
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INDIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:32 PM
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10. Yeah, and sometimes Muslims are terrorists.
Edited on Thu Nov-16-06 01:47 PM by India3
Should we revoke all tourist visas from Arab countries?

And what has Israel ever done to Venezuela? Looks like Chavez is finding another boogeyman to stay in power now that Bush is lame-duck.

I can't believe you're defending this bullshit.
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-16-06 01:47 PM
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11. I'm going to lock this.
Due to continuing problems, discussion of Israeli/Palestinian issues is limited to the Israel/Palestine forum, and is governed by a special set of rules which are available in that forum. If a discussion is primarily about US policy in Israeli/Palestinian affairs, it is sometimes allowed in other forums. Discussion of other Middle East issues is also sometimes allowed. If a thread is on a different topic, but later goes off-topic and becomes a discussion of Israeli/Palestinian issues, the moderators may move the thread to the Israel/Palestine forum.

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