Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elías Jaua said on Thursday that in providing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and defending the human rights of the Palestinian people, Venezuela was abiding by the principle of international solidarity enshrined in Article 152 of the Constitution.
Article 152 reads as follows:
“The international relations of the Republic respond to the goals of the State in exercising the sovereignty and interests of the people; relations are governed by the principles of independence, equality between States, self-determination and non-intervention in domestic affairs, peaceful solutions to international conflicts, cooperation, respect for human rights and solidarity among peoples in the struggle for their emancipation and the well-being of humanity. The Republic will maintain the strongest and most decisive defense of these principles and of democratic practice in every international organism and institution.”
“By the instructions of the President Nicolás Maduro, I am fulfilling Article 152 of the Constitution and its principle of solidarity,” Jaua was quoted as saying during an interview by the Foreign Ministry’s @vencancillería Twitter account.
The Foreign Minister made this statement during a telephone call from Egypt, where he was visiting on Wednesday to coordinate the Venezuelan government’s supp-ort for the Palestinian people, who have been subject to out of control aggression from the state of Israel against the Gaza Strip that has resulted in over 1,900 deaths and 9,000 injured.
Venezuela will soon send 16 tons of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. On Wednesday during a press conference in Egypt broadcast by TeleSur, the Foreign Minister said that six tons of aid came in the form of donations by the Venezuelan people while the other 10 were given by the Bolivarian government.
“To date, we have collected six tons of medical supplies, non-perishable food and blankets that will be sent to the Palestinian people in the next few days,” Jaua said upon visiting wounded Palestinians being treated in Nasser Hospital in Cairo.
The bombing of the Palestinian people became more intense on the morning of July 7, when the bodies of three young Israelis were found on the West Bank. Hama was blamed for their deaths, although their involvement has not been proven.
In 2007, the government of Israel imposed a rigid blockade on Gaza, preventing humanitarian aid, goods and people from entering Palestine, which has led to a decline in the quality of life, unprecedented levels of unemployment and unsparing poverty.
With the support of the United States, Israel has not accepted United Nations recognition of Palestine as an Observer State in the organization, which 138 nations voted for in November 2012.
Israel has maintained an expansionist policy towards Palestinian territories since 1967, in violation of international law and Palestine’s sovereignty.
AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / August 08, 2014