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Official inauguration photo of Brazil's President Lula da Silva, Jan. 1, 2023

Brazil’s President Lula da Silva has recalled his country’s Ambassador Federico Mayer from Israel following a reprimand delivered earlier in the day on Monday by Foreign Minister Israel Katz over da Silva’s antisemitic remarks on Sunday accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza.

Brazil’s President Declared ‘Persona Non Grata’ in Israel


Katz declared da Silva “persona non grata” in Israel until he apologizes and retracts his remarks.

Katz chose to deliver the reprimand in Jerusalem at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center to underscore his point that da Silva had crossed the line by trying to compare Israeli military operations in Gaza to the genocide of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War II.

Immediately following the meeting, da Silva ordered the ambassador to return to Brazil.

At the same time, Israel’s Ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Zohar-Zonstein, was summoned to a reprimand meeting with the Brazil’s Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira.

Brazil’s president is deeply supportive of the Palestinian Authority “cause.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.