Venezuela Halts Issuing Visas to Israelis
AL-QUDS — October 23, 2006
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.
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.
Last updated 17/11/2006