El Tiempo published an AFP article titled (all translations mine) “Chávez Curses Israel and Describes It as a ‘Terrorist and Murderer’ State” on 2 June 2010.
In an official statement on Venezuelan television, el Comandante called the apartheid state a “terrorist and murderer,” saying I “again condemn, from the bottom of my soul and guts, the state of Israel.”
Chávez was speaking in reaction to Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. In May 2010, 663 activists from 37 nations, members of the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, carried 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including medical supplies and construction materials, on a ship to Gaza—which was (and still is) under an internationally illegal siege by Israel—when the Israeli military reacted with a brutally violent crackdown, killing 10 civilian activists and injuring dozens.
The UN, EU, and countries around the world condemned Israel’s brutality. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas (who is thoroughly in bed with Israel), called the attack a “massacre.” Saeb Erekat, Palestinian chief negotiator, classified it as a “war crime.”
The US, Israel’s closest ally (and largest funder), defended the country’s crime. Numerous senators and representatives wholeheartedly backed the murders. Vice President Biden firmly insisted that Israel had the right to stop the aid flotilla.
Because of this blatant hypocrisy, Chávez said “Obama’s government always condemns terrorism when it’s not they or their allies, Israel, who commit it. They accuse us of sponsoring terrorism when they are the ones who sponsor terrorism.”
During Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 22-day 2008-2009 assault on Gaza that, according to the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem), killed 1391 Palestinians, 759 were civilian, 344 of these children, Venezuela broke diplomatic ties with Israel and called it a “genocidal state.”