Brazil: new President Lula Da Silva has dismissed the ambassador to Israel

In a step that is expected to indicate a shift in his country’s policy toward Israel, new President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva has dismissed Brazil’s Ambassador to Israel, General Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas.

This dismissal was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mauro Vieira in one of the first major steps taken by Brazil’s newly-elected president since taking office.

The minister explained that Ambassador Freitas was a general in the Brazilian Army with no previous diplomatic experience.

Freitas was appointed as ambassador to the occupation state by former President Jair Bolsonaro in September 2020.

The one-time head of the Military Command at the Presidential Palace was the manager of Institutional and Governmental Relations at the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) before being named ambassador.

“Brazil’s Ambassador to Israel played a role in deepening the relations between his country and Israel during the Bolsonaro era,” local media have reported.

“These ties saw Bolsonaro announce his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

Indeed, under Bolsonaro, Brazil became Israel’s new best friend.

He asked the apartheid state for help during the coronavirus pandemic and raised the Israeli flag in public.

His presidency took a different approach towards relations with Israel, steering the country away from the policies of previous left-leaning governments.

The impact was even felt at the UN.

“The dismissed ambassador had a role in the decision that Brazil’s representatives at the UN did not vote in favour of the Palestinian proposal to obtain the opinion of the International Court of Justice regarding the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories,” reported Globo Newspaper.

Lula´s decision to dismiss Freitas takes us back to the government of the Workers’ Party (2003-2016) when Brazil adopted a remarkable stance towards Israel’s 2014 military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza.

At the time, the Brazilian foreign ministry condemned the “disproportionate” force used by Israel and recalled the ambassador from Tel Aviv for consultations.

When Brazil described what was happening in Gaza at that time as a massacre, the Israeli foreign ministry responded by calling the South American country a “diplomatic dwarf”.

The following year, Brazil rejected Dani Dayan’s nomination as Israeli Ambassador to Brasilia because of his senior position in the Yesha Council, the representative body of Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Earlier this week, Bolsonaro’s supporters stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court and Presidential Palace in Brasília in scenes resembling the insurrection at the US Capitol two years ago.

Many countries have condemned the protestors’ violence and expressed support for the Brazilian authorities, including the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Russia, calling the act a direct attack on democracy.

In Israel, however, one journalist described the attack as a “curse” because Lula supports the people of occupied Palestine.

“The curse of the Palestinian cause haunts everyone who sympathises with this fake cause,” tweeted Edy Cohen.

“Now it is the turn of the President of Brazil, Lula da Silva. Hundreds of Brazilians stormed his palace and parliament, and the coming is greater.”

It was no surprise, therefore, to see some of Bolsonaro’s supporters wearing the blue and white colours of the Israeli flag that have come to symbolise the strong friendship of the extreme right-wing Bolsonaro and his equally far-right allies in Israel.

With the dismissal of the Brazilian ambassador to Israel setting the tone, it is reasonable to assume that support for Palestine will be a pillar of the new Lula government.

The Rise of the Brazilian Evangelicals Exposed

Brazil’s Bolsonaro, arriving on first visit, declares in Hebrew: ‘I love Israel’

In first, Brazil’s president celebrates Israeli Independence Day

The Story Begins Here: The Rise of the Brazilian Evangelicals

RIO DE JANEIRO — The elevation of a centrist vice president and Lebanese Christian Zionist , Michel Temer, as Brazil’s president amid the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff is expected to result in a less strained relationship between Brazil and Israel, as well as its Jewish community, Jewish leaders said.

*Many Christians in Lebanon have traditionally aligned themselves with Israel. Both Lebanese Christians and Jews were ethnic and religious minorities vying for power amid Arab statehood movements. Both had a foot in Western culture as European-influenced merchants and traders who lived along the Mediterranean.

Lebanon in 1982- the Sabra and Shatila massacre by Christian Phalange militiamen who “raped, killed and dismembered at least 800 women, children and elderly men while Israeli flares illuminated the camps’ narrow and darkened alleyways”.

Temer has also opened the doors to the “Christian” Zionist scourge that has infected much of America, as well as other Western nations–albeit to a lesser extent–like Canada, the UK and Australia.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, arrived in Brazil mere days after Rousseff’s overthrow and just concluded its trip 24 hours ago. Rabbi Eckstein’s gang  was on a mission to turn every major “mega-church” in Brazil into even stronger supporters of the usurping Zionist entity for the “cause” of combating “anti-Semitism”.

The good “rebbe” and Temer aren’t strangers and thus, this entire event should be looked at not just as a consequence of the Zionist coup against the Workers’ Party (PT), but part and parcel of it.

Furthermore, Rabbi Eckstein’s subversive visit should be seen in the greater context of “Christian” Zionist penetration into Brazil and Latin America as a whole.*-Welcome To Post-Coup Brazil, Where Jews and “Christian” Zionists Run Wild 

The catastrophe of this story is that Brazil’s right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is well ahead in the polls, and has turned out to be so extreme in his reactionary views that he is looking more like a neo-Nazi than an American style neo-con.

Bolsonaro has taken the most outrageous positions, such as calling Brazil’s indigenous people parasites and advocating discriminatory eugenically devised forms of birth control.

He has previously called people from Haiti, Africa and the Middle East the “scum of humanity,” saying the army should take care of them.

Bolsonaro has characterised Afro-Brazilians as obese and lazy, and said “I don’t think they’re even good for procreation anymore.”

Bolsonaro has proved to be the quintessential misogynist, reportedly saying to one member of the National Congress, “I would rape you but you don’t deserve it.”

He believes that women should not get the same salaries as men, and claims that he had a daughter “in a moment of weakness” after fathering four sons. 

Netanyahu embraces Brazil’s far-right Bolsonaro in Israel

But beyond his racism and misogyny, Bolsonaro is the antithesis of a democrat. He has said publicly, “You won’t change anything in this country through voting, you will only change things through a civil war, and by doing what the military didn’t do…killing 30 000.”

He has expressed enthusiasm for the country’s military rulers from 1964-85, and has public admiration for the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, as well as Carlos Brilhante Ustra, a colonel who ran a military torture squad in the 1970s.

Bolsonaro has chosen a military general for the deputy presidency, and has promised to fill his cabinet with other generals. 

This is not to mention how such a leader would destroy one of the world’s most precious natural sanctuaries – the Amazon.

This aspiring strongman wants to privatize and develop the Amazon. 

 What beggars belief is how a majority of Brazilians have been conned into supporting him when many still have affection for Brazil’s former left-wing President Lula da Silva.

But the same tactics that were used in the American election campaign were used in this campaign, likely under Bannon’s tutelage – an appeal to the ingrained racism and xenophobia in society, a push back against the establishment and corruption, and a notion that a strongman would be able to fix the country’s problems.

 But the danger of Bolsonaro’s sudden rise to power is not only for the future political and social trajectory of Brazil, but also for the trajectory of many other countries, as a decisive win for Bolsonaro will embolden neo-fascists worldwide. 

 These political developments will also impact on South Africa in that having a neo-fascist as one of the five BRICS leaders will have severe ramifications for the ability of the grouping to align their foreign policies.

If this is what lies on the horizon, BRICS may revert to merely being a grouping of countries that promote trade and investment, devoid of any common political vision or policy positions.

That is if the grouping even survives the entry of such a leader, the likes of which the world has not seen since World War II.

In first, Brazil’s president celebrates “Israeli Independence” Day

BRASILIA –- Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil’s first president to attend an Israel Independence Day ceremony this week.
An ardently pro-Israel Christian, the right-wing politician was honored at a Wednesday event marking Israel’s 71st anniversary at the Israeli embassy in Brasilia, where he received a commemorative plaque.

If Brazil and Venezuela are to survive this dark, dark period, the peoples of these respective great nations must come to terms with the simple fact that it is not merely “Imperialism” which is seeking to destroy their nationalist-socialisms and impose economic neoliberalism on their societies, but International Jewry’s ZIO-IMPERIALISM which is seeking to impose TOTAL neoliberalism on their societies in the political, financial, cultural and even spiritual sectors, hence the blatant “Christian” Zionist surge as of recent.

Resistance on all fronts is the only antidote to this growing poisonous trend, and if it is not fiercely engaged in, as Venezuelan President and Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro is desperately attempting to do now, then the darkness is not only going to continue, but worsen to levels not seen since Guatemala in ’54, Brazil in ’64, Chile in ’73, Argentina in ’76 and in more recent times, Honduras in ’09, ALL PUT TOGETHER. Our full solidarity with the Latin American peoples in the face of Empire Judaica’s storm.* Welcome To Post-Coup Brazil, Where Jews and “Christian” Zionists Run Wild

Amid flourishing ties between Jerusalem and Brasilia, Jair Bolsonaro joins country’s supreme court president and senate president at Israeli embassy event
When Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil there were people on the nationalist right who lauded him as ‘Brazil’s Trump’ and some kind of ‘Nationalist’.

(1) The problem with that thesis is that Jair Bolsonaro is a man completely beholden not to Brazil’s national interests but to those of Israel.

Bolsonaro is an evangelical Christian along with his wife

(2) and a significant part of his support base are members of the Brazil’s rapidly growing community of evangelical Christians.

(3) – in addition to a significant number of converts to Judaism –

(4) that are indoctrinated by the ‘Israel Right or Wrong’ attitudes of so-called ‘patriotic’ evangelical Christians in the United States.

(5) He also happens to be a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

(6) and has openly prostrated Brazil’s national interests to vote however Israel wants him to on issues regarding the Middle East at the United Nations.

(7) He also claims that Palestine ‘isn’t a state’ and has moved to close the Palestinian embassy in Brazil’s capital of Brasilia on this spurious basis

(8) – which was immediately walked back by his advisers but he is now being pressed to enact it in person by the Israeli Prime Minister

(9) with the latter confident he can force his puppet to do his bidding –

(10) and even Israeli media – such as the leading newspaper ‘Ha’aretz’ – has pointed out that Bolsonaro’s election is a significant boon for Netanyahu’s government given that current Israeli ambassador to Brazil – Danny Dayan – is an Israeli settler and the previous left-wing Brazilian government of Dilma Rousseff refused to recognize him as a result.

According to the Brazilian people, Israel is an oppressor, an illegitimate country, and the occupier of a Palestine that encompasses all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. It is not a coincidence that in the 2010 presidential elections, Brazilians living in the Palestinian territories voted for Workers’ Party candidate Dilma Rousseff, while those living in Israel voted for her opponent.

A Zionist coup  replaced Dilma Rousseff  with  President Michel Temer later charged with racketeering (surprise?) etal. I was surprised when he was actually held accountable. So Israel kept trying.

(11)  Therefore it is no surprise to read ‘World Israel News’ reporting that:

‘To underline Israel’s importance to his supporters, president-elect Bolsonaro has vowed to include the Jewish state on his first presidential trip abroad. He gave his first foreign press interview to the right-leaning Israeli daily Israel Hayom.’

(12) So in effect Bolsonaro not only is to visit Israel first in his presidency – scheduled for March 2019 –

(13) but also gave his first interview as President-Elect to ‘Israel Hayom’ (literally ‘Israel Today’) which is owned by jewish neo-conservative sugar daddy and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and was ghost-edited by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until it was exposed by the questioning of Arnon ‘Noni’ Mozes – owner of the competing Israeli newspaper ‘Yedioth Ahronoth’ – and has been the subject to an ongoing corruption investigation ever since.

(14) Another good example of Bolsonaro attitude is that when he was stabbed in the street while successfully campaigning for election to the presidency.

He refused to be treated by Arab or Muslim doctors and demanded only jewish doctors treat him because ‘he is a Christian’ (15) and Netanyahu attended Bolsonaro’s inauguration in person.

(16)  Others are that Bolsonaro has immediately forced through a law requiring that jews in Brazil get every jewish holiday off as if it were a national holiday

(17) and spent millions of taxpayer dollars purchasing drones from corruption scandal plagued IAI (‘Israel Aerospace Industries’) to be used by the Brazilian agricultural sector. (18)

Add to that the fact that Bolsonaro has a Hebrew first name ‘Jair’ – which means ‘To Spread Light’ –

(19) and that his son Brazilian congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro is close to titular ruler of the United States Jared Kushner

(20) and acts as diplomatic back channel between the jewish-dominated US administration of Donald Trump and the incoming Bolsonaro administration in Brazil.

(21) In essence then it is easy to see that despite gaslighting by so-called ‘nationalists’ claiming that Bolsonaro is a ‘nationalist’. The Brazilian President-Elect is a willing agent of the Israeli state not a Brazilian nationalist who wants to put the Brazilian national interest first.

Brazil’s national museum Burns: A capitalist crime against the heritage of humanity

Brazil tasks Israeli-born central bank head with overhauling economy

The moment Brazil showed interest for the BRICS, Wall Street retaliated and undermined the effort. What we have  with Michel Termer is nothing more than a civilian version of a military coup d’etat, where Brazil’s Parliament was used to overthrow a legally elected president using trumped up charges. Its so obvious. A simple con job.

Michel Temer: The accusation of wide-scale obstruction of justice raised the stakes in a crisis threatening to topple Mr Temer barely a year after the center-right politician took over from impeached leftist president Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil is in the hands of a multi-millionaire president, Michel Temer, who has worked for the CIA and its friends.

Even as it starved the national museum for funding, the Brazilian government poured millions into structures for the World Cup and the Olympics, which generated lucrative contracts and kickbacks for the ruling PT and other sections of the ruling establishment.

Demonstrators, most of them students from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, forced their way onto the site of the destroyed museum on Monday to protest the Brazilian government’s protracted cuts to funding for science and education that found their disastrous expression in the burning down of the museum. Police attacked the students with pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades.

Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was gutted Sunday night by a massive fire that consumed not only the historic 19tth century palace that housed the institution, but a vast and irreplaceable collection of what was by far the largest natural history and anthropology museum in Latin America. The majority of the 20 million items it contained were destroyed.

While the immediate cause of the blaze is still unknown, this catastrophe and the irreparable loss to human culture were the product of policies of austerity and the diversion of vast social resources to feed the profits of international finance capital and a rapacious and culturally backward Brazilian capitalist ruling class.

Starved for resources by the Brazilian government, the museum was a disaster waiting to happen. Firefighters who arrived to fight the blaze were ill-prepared thanks to relentless budget cuts, lacking necessary ladders and other equipment. They found that hydrants near the museum had no water and they were forced to try to pump water from a badly polluted lake nearby.

Museum workers and scientific researchers rushed into the burning building in a desperate attempt to save what little they could. Local residents brought water to the scene and did what they could to help. Many workers, devastated by the scene of destruction, were in tears and embracing each other.

Luiz Duarte, one of the museum’s vice-directors, told TV Globo: “It is an unbearable catastrophe. It is 200 years of this country’s heritage. It is 200 years of memory. It is 200 years of science. It is 200 years of culture, of education.”

Destroyed by the fire was the oldest ancient Egyptian collection anywhere in the Americas, along with Greek artifacts and Roman frescoes that had survived the volcanic destruction of Pompeii.

The blaze also consumed what were the oldest human remains discovered in Latin America, those of “Luzia”, known as “the first Brazilian,” estimated at between 12,500 and 13,000 years old. Likewise destroyed was the 44-foot reconstructed skeleton of a Maxakalisaurus, a plant-eating dinosaur that lived in what is now Brazil 80 million years ago.

The museum also housed a priceless collection of some 100,000 pre-Columbian artifacts from Brazil and elsewhere in the Americas, including Andean mummies, textiles and ceramics.

Also contained in the museum were historic documents chronicling two centuries of Brazilian history. Burned remnants of these priceless papers were found as far as 3 kilometers from the museum after the fire.

The building that housed the museum, the São Cristóvão palace, is one of the most historic structures in Brazil. It became the residence of the royal family of Portugal, which had fled the invasion of Napoleon’s armies for Brazil. It was in the palace that Brazilian independence was declared in 1822, and in which the first Constituent Assembly of the Brazilian Republic convened in 1890, marking the end of the rule of the Portuguese emperor.

Under the management of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro since 1946, the museum was also a research facility in which Brazilian anthropologists conducted studies that derived from human remains evidence of migration from Polynesia to what is now Brazil. The museum also contained vast collections of flora and fauna specimens, including from extinct species.

The museum was also engaged in training scientists for an expedition to Antarctica to study fossils on the continent.

Professor Paulo Buckup, an expert in fish science at the museum, told the BBC that he was able to rescue a “tiny” part of the museum’s collection of thousands of specimens of mollusks.

“I don’t know how many tens of thousands of insects and crustaceans were lost,” he said. “I feel very sorry for my colleagues, some of whom have worked here for 30 or 40 years. Now all evidence of their work is lost, their lives have lost meaning, too.”

Demonstrators, most of them students from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, forced their way onto the site of the destroyed museum on Monday to protest the Brazilian government’s protracted cuts to funding for science and education that found their disastrous expression in the burning down of the museum. Police attacked the students with pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades.

The burning down of a museum that contained a significant share of the heritage of humanity in the Americas and worldwide was the entirely predictable and preventable outcome of the policies pursued by Brazil’s governments in the face of the onset of the country’s economic crisis in 2014, both under the Workers Party (PT) administration of President Dilma Rousseff and, following her 2016 impeachment on trumped-up charges of budgetary malfeasance, her former right-wing vice president and successor, Michel Temer.

The museum went from receiving a budget of $310,000 in 2013 to just $132,000 in 2014. However, over the last three years it has received 60 percent or less of this amount. The cuts were first imposed under Rousseff’s PT government and then intensified under Temer.

The museum had submitted a report in 2015 saying that it needed 150 million reais (US$36 million) to repair the building, which lacked a sprinkler system and even any basic electrical wiring diagram for the centuries-old structure.

In 2015, the museum was forced to close its doors entirely because it lacked even the funding to pay staff or for minimum service from contractors. The closure had a lasting impact on attendance, which remained at record lows.

The museum marked its bicentenary in June under conditions in which massive budget cuts inflicted by successive governments had left it in a state of advanced decay, with a third of its exhibition halls closed, including some of its most popular, like the one containing the largest dinosaur discovered on Brazilian soil, its base having been eaten away by termites.

In an article on the bicentenary published by Folha de S. Paulo, the reporter noted that “the physical decay of the building that houses the museum … is visible to visitors, who pay 8 reais [less than US$2] for a full-priced ticket. Many of its walls are peeling, there are electrical wires exposed and generalized poor maintenance.”

In the absence of even the most minimal budgetary allocations from the Brazilian government, the museum had launched an internet crowd-funding campaign to raise enough money to reopen its main exhibition hall.

Even as it starved the national museum for funding, the Brazilian government poured millions into structures for the World Cup and the Olympics, which generated lucrative contracts and kickbacks for the ruling PT and other sections of the ruling establishment.

The burning down of Brazil’s national museum and the obliteration of a significant share of the heritage of humanity stands as an indictment of a world capitalist system and a Brazilian national bourgeoisie that subordinates all questions of social policy to the imperative that a handful of individuals continues to accumulate immense riches.

In a country where the wealth of six men is equivalent to that of 50 percent the population, the destruction of culture is an inevitable byproduct of social inequality. Brazil’s super-rich have no interest in anything other than what they can own, pouring their money into helicopters that fly them over the country’s favelas to their offices in Rio and Sao Paulo and into Miami real estate and the global stock markets.

The destruction of the Brazilian National Museum stands as a stark warning to working people in Brazil and throughout the world. The defense of culture, history and the entire legacy of humanity depends upon the building of a mass movement of the international working class directed at putting an end to the irrational, destructive and selfish system of the capitalist ruling class.