The International Book Fair of Venezuela (Filven) closed its nineteenth edition this Monday with a condemnation of Israel for the ‘genocide’ committed in Palestine, expressed in a statement written by Jews and read on President Nicolás’ weekly television program Ripe.
American academic and sociologist Lucas Koerne read out the text in which “anti-Zionist Jews from all parts of Latin America” condemn the continuity of an “extermination policy” in Gaza, for which they blame Israel and the American government.
“We demand an immediate ceasefire and the lifting of the Israeli siege and economic blockade against Gaza (…) the cessation of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories (…) the investigation and prosecution of Israeli officials for crimes against humanity “Koerne stressed.
This conflict escalated on October 7, when the Hamas terrorist attack took place, killing more than 1,400 people in Israel, a state that launched a military counter-offensive that left more than 13,000 dead in Gaza.
In this context, the Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, considered that solidarity towards Palestine became a “star point” of the Filven, paying tribute to the Palestinian writer Adania Shibli.
The fair had Colombia as host country, and with the president of that country, Gustavo Petro, as one of the exponents, with the presentation of his biography ‘One life, many lives’, which took place last Saturday, prior to a private meeting of the left-wing party with Maduro.
Within the framework of Filven, some 500 activities were carried out, some outside Caracas, including concerts and exhibitions, in addition to presentations of titles and conversations with foreign writers.
Source: El heraldo
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