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Wed May 16, 2018, 08:37 AM

Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after U.S. move

Source: Reuters



MAY 16, 2018 / 3:48 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Jeffrey Heller, Dan Williams

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the United States inaugurated its new site in the contested city in a move that infuriated Palestinians and drew international condemnation.

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the administration of President Donald Trump raised tension to boiling point after weeks of anti-Israeli demonstrations.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the embassy’s opening on Wednesday in an office complex in west Jerusalem.

“It’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first. You were always among the first. You were the second country to recognize Israel,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-guatemala/guatemala-opens-embassy-in-jerusalem-two-days-after-u-s-move-idUSKCN1IH0Q7?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

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Reply Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after U.S. move (Original post)
DonViejo May 16 OP
no_hypocrisy May 16 #1
BeyondGeography May 16 #2
pazzyanne May 16 #3
MrScorpio May 16 #4
pazzyanne May 16 #5
MrScorpio May 16 #6
Judi Lynn May 16 #7
hack89 Thursday #8
pazzyanne Thursday #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 08:43 AM

1. Why? B/c Trump threatened its funding if it didn't?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 08:54 AM

2. It's the new Coalition of the Willing

Palau can’t be far behind.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 09:13 AM

3. Why?

They don't have enough political unrest in their country so they have to go looking for it? I don't think so. Sad!

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #3)

Wed May 16, 2018, 12:16 PM

4. Guatemala has a long history of sucking up to the US Govt whenever it lurches to the right

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #4)

Wed May 16, 2018, 12:21 PM

5. Guess that makes sense.

And now they have tRump as a role model. So freaking sad! Thanks for the explanation, MrScorpio.

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #5)

Wed May 16, 2018, 01:10 PM

6. Well, whadyaknow. The CIA's favorite Guatemalan dictator and all around dick, died last month

Rios-Montt... He was one seriously sick piece of work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efra%C3%ADn_R%C3%ADos_Montt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #6)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:38 PM

7. Thanks for reminding people of Reagan's pet mass murderer, Mr. Scorpio. He loved his genocide.

Did Reagan Finance Genocide in Guatemala?
By SANTIAGO WILLS May 14, 2013

On Monday, a Guatemalan court ordered the country's government to apologize to the Ixil population for the crimes of José Efraín Ríos Montt, a dictator who was sentenced to 80 years in prison for his role in war crimes committed between 1982 and 1983.

The verdict concluded that the army, under the command of Ríos Montt, had engaged in a campaign of genocide against the Ixiles, a small Mayan ethnic group. In that sense, it finally offered an answer to the thousands of victims' families who had pleaded for justice since the 1980s.

The trial did not answer all questions, however. For example, it did not place much attention on the extent of U.S. involvement in Guatemala during the 17 months of Ríos Montt's regime. That's in spite of the fact that America reached out to the Central American country offering military aid to combat left-wing guerrillas.

"U.S. military and intelligence units worked closely with the Guatemalan army over the decades of Guatemala's civil war," said Geoff Thale, Central America Program Director at the Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA). "Direct U.S. military aid was suspended during the Carter Administration, but then restored by the Reagan Administration, whose Cold War worldview clearly prioritized the fight against insurgents and their civilian supporters over respect for human rights."

More:
https://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/ronald-reagan-finance-genocide-guatemala/story?id=19179627

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Guatemalan Slaughter Was Part of Reagan’s Hard Line
Greg Grandin
Greg Grandin is a professor of history at New York University and a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is the author of the forthcoming "Empire of Necessity."

UPDATED MAY 21, 2013, 1:54 PM

In 1966, the U.S. Army’s Handbook of Counterinsurgency Guidelines summarized the results of a war game waged in a fictitious country unmistakably modeled on Guatemala. The rules allowed players to use “selective terror” but prohibited “mass terror.” “Genocide,” the guidelines stipulated, was “not an alternative.”

A decade and a half later, genocide was indeed an option in Guatemala, supported materially and morally by Ronald Reagan’s White House. Reagan famously took a hard line in Central America, coming under strong criticism for supporting the contras in Nicaragua and financing counterinsurgency in El Salvador.

. . .

His administration’s actions in Guatemala are less well known, but even before his 1980 election, two retired generals, who played prominent roles in Reagan’s campaign, reportedly traveled to Central America and told Guatemalan officials that “Mr. Reagan recognizes that a good deal of dirty work has to be done.”

Once in office, Reagan, continued to supply munitions and training to the Guatemalan army, despite a ban on military aid imposed by the Carter administration (existing contracts were exempt from the ban). And economic aid continued to flow, increasing to $104 million in 1986, from $11 million in 1980, nearly all of it going to the rural western highlands, where the Mayan victims of the genocide lived.

. . .

The day after Reagan’s endorsement, Guatemalan soldiers arrived at a village called Dos Erres and started killing. The slaughter went on for three days and by the time it was over at least 162 people, including many children, were dead.

https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/05/19/what-guilt-does-the-us-bear-in-guatemala/guatemalan-slaughter-was-part-of-reagans-hard-line

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #3)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:35 AM

8. Latin American countries were some of the earliest supporters of Israel

The Guatemalan UN ambassador was instrumental in the adoption of 1947 partition plan while Guatemala was the first Latin American country to recognize Israel. 11 Latin American counties open embassies in Jerusalem in 1948.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #8)

Thu May 17, 2018, 08:51 AM

9. Thanks, hack89!

Good information. I did not know that.

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