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Hugo Chavez In His Own Words, 2009

September 24

"This morning they found in a neighbor's home [to the Brazilian Embassy], in the roof of a neigboring home, intercepting equipment - the President told me - made in Israel, one of the latest generation. Israel recognized the [Micheletti] de facto government; I think it is the only government in the world that has recognized it. They have equipment directed to perturbing the mind, trying to cause panic in the few people that are in the Brazilian embassy; they are threatening to incursion in the Brazilian embassy. Do you realise their cavern-like character? I think it is the era of Trucutu. It is the era of the caverns that want to come back here. They will not come back, they will not come back! There are repressed people on the streets. Well, the airports were taken; they are a people that were taken over. Now, who are the coup-backers? It is the Honduran bourgeois, the coup State, the State taken over by the bourgeois, by the rich. Four or five very rich families, they are the owners of the State. We should all read Lenin again: The State and the Revolution, the bourgeois State. They control all, all: the National Congress, the Judicial Power, the Military Force, the State, and the people on the streets are massacred."

(President Hugo Chavez in his address to the UN General Assembly)

September 9

"It is not that the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They are doing it openly. Remember the last Israeli aggression against Gaza. What is it if not genocide?"

"I think that's hard to believe. It was a savage attack against an innocent people. The Israelis were seeking an excuse to exterminate the Palestinians."

"I think we must condemn this aggression and impose sanctions against Israel.

"I am actually a friend of President Ahmadinejad. I am his ally. I thanked him for the technology transfers from Iran to Venezuela. We signed a new agreement last week in Tehran. Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy as France, many countries and why not Venezuela. I speak on behalf of Venezuela and, for me, the use of the bomb would be a disaster. Therefore we must stop and go to a general disarmament."

(Excerpts from an interview with Hugo Chavez in Venice by Etienne Mougeotte of Le Figario)

September 6

"President Assad and I spoke a lot about the situation in the Middle East and the necessary peace in the Middle East and all about the threat of the genocidal State of Israel and its aggressions against the Palestinian and the Syrian people..."

"The State of Israel will continue to be an assassin arm precisely of the Yankee Empire...There are aggressions of the Empire such as announcing the installation of seven military bases in Colombia and they pretend to convert Colombia into the Israel of Latin America."

"..If the US would take to the UN Security Council the case against the State of Israel and the US, and President Obama would be truthful to his [Cairo] words, because if not he would be a bid demagogue...He should take the case to the Security Council and if Israel doesn't comply within a present time, to give back the invaded and occupied territories, or cease its aggression against Palestine, against Gaza, against Lebanon, well then they should do an embargo on Israel. The US should retrieve all the military, economic, and political support. This would be easy, I don't see it as difficult...if the US would do this we woudl see this in the change towards Israel. [For now] it is only rhetoric and under the table the relationship continues with billions of dollars, with nuclear weapons, military support, political support, economic support, ect. The State of Israel will continue to be an assassin arm precisely of the Yankee Empire...There are aggressions of the Empire such as announcing the installation of seven military bases in Colombia and they pretend to convert Colombia to the Israel of Latin America..."

"In Latin America, when the conquerors arrived in the XV century there were 90 million aboriginals living in the region, after 200 years 5 million remained. In addition to that, we have to add the African genocide. It is estimated that 20 million Africans died...This was a genocide, a European genocide. It was a Holocaust, for those who like to talk a lot about the Holocaust..."

(Reporter Hisham Wannous from Syrian National TV interviewed President Hugo Chavez after his trip to Sweida, Syria)

September 4

"The State of Israel has become a murderous lackey at the service of imperialism...It's a genocidal government. I condemn that Zionist government that persecutes the heroic Palestinian people...the people of Israel shouldn't support a genocidal government."

(Hugo Chavez visited Sweida, Syria and made the following remarks in front of about 10,000 people, which were also broadcast on government TV in Venezuela)

September 3

"If anyone wasn't to know how to resist Imperialism in all its forms of aggression, come to Damascus, come to Syria...The State of Israel has become an executor branch of the North American Empire and we demand the return of the Golan to Syria. We demand to stop the assasin and savage blockage against the Palestinians."

(A joint press conference by Presidents Hugo Chavez and Bashar Al Assad)

August 8

"The Israeli Minister who is a crook, a burglar, evil and is one of those crazy people from the extreme right that see an Arab and he wants to kill them. He comes to say that in Latin America there are Hezbollah terrorist cells. That in the Guajira region of Venezuela there are terrorist cells."

(Broadcasted on national TV, Chavez said the following in reference to declarations made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman while visiting Colombia about the presence of Hezbollah operatives in Venezuela)

July 29

"Colombia wants to be the Israel in Latin America. Colombia is an arm of the Empire...that has converted Israel in its military arm and assassin in the Middle East, to obstruct the unification of the Arab world; and it has managed to succeed. And this is how it pretends to convert Colombia into the Israel of Latin America, to try to obstruct the union of the South American world. This is clear."

(Chavez said the following in reference made by Israeli officials who were preparing a tour led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Latin America)

July 23

"We don't want problems with Colombia but they are present through rivers, they are present through the air, they have Israeli airplanes. Yesterday one of the planes fell there [in Colombia] and the Israeli pilots, the same ones who bombard Gaza and kill children every time they send them. They do not have scruples. Those are mercenaries. They are there the Yankees and the Israelis and they say that there are Hezbollah cells. They are preparing for an aggression. Don't you dare because they will find here with us the sons of Bolivar willing to defend this land, this sacred land, this mother land."

(On Chavez's show, Alo Presidente)

July 7

"It is like Israel does not regard anyone, that massacres the Palestinian people, that does whatever it wants...because they are supported by the U.S. government."

(Chavez said the following on a national TV broadcast when talking about the crisis in Honduras, in favor of President Zelaya and the Honduran coup plotters)

July 2

"Zelaya said that if this coup continues one more week he would accuse the world powers and I will accuse the first power which is the United States. Because it is like Israel, the State of Israel, that violates the Palestinians as they wish. Why do they do it? Because they are supported. By whom? The power of the Empire supports them. That is the same thing that happens with the coup plotters fascists in Honduras. They have the support of the extreme right, of CNN, which is an expression of the media, military, industry, financial, terrorist, narco-traffic apparatus, which unfortunately has its epicenter in the U.S. This is a power for evil; this is a warning for Obama. The coup is not against Chavez, the coup is against Obama."

(On Chavez's show, Alo Presidente)

January 11

Chavez noted that no one from the Venezuelan opposition had expressed outrage over the situation in Gaza. According to Chavez, the lack of statements from the opposition means, "The owners of Israel, in other words, the Empire, are the the owners of the opposition."

Chavez reiterated his call to send the President of Israel to the International Criminal Court. He called on "Israelis to put their hand on their hearts and reject the Holocaust against the Palestinian people...Your grandparents were persecuted and the entire world rejects the persecution against the Jews and the Holocaust. Are you going to be quiet? [That would be] the negation of yourselves.

(On Chavez's show, Alo Presidente)

January 6

"There are sectors that justify the assassin government of Israel. The President of Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court together with the U.S. President, if there would be shame in this world...but they accuse us instead."

"From the bottom of my heart, for the love of life, how many innocent Palestinian children are suffering this instant? And what if it was your child? Under bombs during the day and night? They are cowards bombing innocent people. What great soldiers they are! What valor the Israeli army has!"

"I hope that the Jewish community of Venezuela pronounces itself against these barbaric acts. Do it! Don't you reject forcefully any act of persecution? Don't the Jews reject the Holocaust? And what are we living now? Do it! Put your hands in your heart. Be fair. We should all be fair!"

"Among us lives a Palestinian community, that we adore, that we like, as do all of the people of this world. We also like the Jews."

(Remarks at the Latin American Children's Cardiology Hospital in Caracas)

January 5

"How sad is that Israel continues to behave like the assassin arm of the government of the United States...Israel is killing millions of innocent...The government of Israel is a government of assassins, government engaged in genocide."

(Remarks at the Teresa Carreno Theater in Caracas)

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