Venezuela & ALBA News 10.20.2023: Venezuela Sends Aid to Palestine; ALBA Countries Condemn Israeli Genocide

Orinoco Tribune: Venezuela To Send 30 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza We are making important efforts to guarantee the constant supply of the main elements for life,” said Minister Gil. “We are speaking of oil, rice, drinking water, first aid kits, personal hygiene kits, medical-surgical materials, mattresses, power plants, water pumps, [and] gloves.” He condemned the entire siege of Gaza and the support of foreign powers for the crimes of the Israeli regime. “The issue of religion is a smokescreen that they try to use to distract the world’s attention,” said Minister Gil. “Everything that happens there is because they want to use Israel as a military enclave in the east to control the natural wealth of the region from there.”

Ultima Noticias: American Jews take over a US Capitol building calling for a ceasefire A group of Jewish protesters have entered the United States Capitol to protest the war between Israel and Hamas and ask for support for the people of Gaza. The group, made up of several hundred people, according to those responsible, has gathered peacefully inside the Capitol complex with banners in defense of a ceasefire in the Palestinian enclave, and demanding to “let Gaza live.”

Ultima Noticias: ALBA-TCP demands respect for the lives of civilians in the Gaza Strip “In accordance with International Humanitarian Law, starvation of the civilian population as a method of combat is categorically prohibited; It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or disable for this purpose objects essential for the survival of the civilian population, such as food, agricultural areas for food production, crops, livestock, drinking water facilities and supplies and irrigation works.”

Ultima Noticias: ALBA-TCP condemns Israeli bombing of hospital in Gaza The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba-TCP) condemned this Wednesday the brutal bombing by Israel against the Al Ahli Baptist hospital in Gaza, an event recorded on Tuesday afternoon and which It left more than 700 Palestinians murdered, including children and women. “The Alba-TCP once again raises its voice to demand an end to the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine, a consequence of decades of illegal occupation and colonization by Israel, that crimes against humanity against the population of Gaza that flagrantly violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, the Charter of the United Nations, International Law and International Humanitarian Law.”

Ultima Noticias: Venezuela condemns massacre perpetrated by Israel against Gaza hospital The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its strongest condemnation of the massacre carried out by the State of Israel when it bombed the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, causing the death of more than 500 people, including women, children and the elderly. This inhuman and unjustifiable act, which is added to the long list of crimes committed in recent days against the civilian population in Gaza, constitutes a clear violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, and demonstrates, once again, the political of apartheid, aggression and extermination that the State of Israel has been perpetrating against the Palestinian people.

CubaDebate: To point out: The New York Times and its premeditated change of headlines The New York Times headline on the Gaza hospital attack. First the word “Israeli” disappeared, then “bombing”… The manipulation machinery is well-oiled.

Resumen Latinoamerica: Cuba Denounces Genocide in Palestine “From the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, we join our voices to those in the world who have come out to condemn the genocide of the Zionist regime of Israel against the Palestinian population,” said Fernando Gonzalez Llort – president of ICAP – at the beginning of the Tribune of Solidarity with Palestine. “Cuba, which defends peace and the rights of human beings without distinction, strongly condemns the indiscriminate bombings against the civilian population”. He strongly reaffirmed that “it is a crime against humanity that must cease…The recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are causing heavy material losses. The already badly damaged infrastructure that was trying to make possible the survival of more than two million of its inhabitants is seriously threatened and many are pushed to seek refuge outside their territory. However, as tragic as this situation is, it cannot be compared to the merciless massacre of defenseless people in which no distinction is made between combatants and innocents, between children and men, and women, the elderly, the sick and the helpless are killed without regard.”

TeleSur: Venezuela National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez Rejects US Sanctions Removal Blackmail On Thursday, Jorge Rodriguez, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, rejected the statements of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that conditioned the relief of unilateral sanctions on the political authorization of opposition politicians. “We will never accept that anyone interferes in matters that only concern Venezuela,” he said, referring to the agreements reached between the administration of President Nicolas Maduro and the political opposition, which are related to the 2024 presidential elections. “We are not going to accept interference of any kind. They are trying to impose actions that are not supported by the electoral political agreement,” referring to new conditions the US put on suspending select sanctions.

TeleSur: Grenada’s PM Maurice Bishop Was Assassinated 40 Years Ago Taking advantage of the chaos generated by his assassination, Washington invaded Grenada. On October 19, 1983, revolutionary Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and 15 members of his cabinet were executed following a palace coup orchestrated by his deputy Bernard Coard. Their bodies have never been found.

Resumen Latinoamericano: World Day for the Freedom of Alex Saab, a Space for Denunciation Two years after the arbitrary detention of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab by the United States, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry celebrated worldwide the day of denunciation “With the freedom of Alex Saab, let’s give peace a chance”. In Havana the event was attended Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Cuba, its consulate and diplomatic personnel. The Cuban presenter referred to the violations against Saab and the policy of extreme hostility of the United States towards Venezuela and Cuba, and its evident complicity with Israel’s genocide in Palestine.


One Million Signatures to Take Cuba off the US List of State Sponsors of Terror Sign on now if you haven’t done so. Cuba is on the US list, Israel is not.

September 23 – November 18: virtual course, Ben Linder Solidarity School,  9 week class (two hours a week) Topics include: Nicaragua and the Sandinista Revolution; History and current context of Latin America and US imperialism; ATC and peasant organizations / social movements; Food Sovereignty and Agroecology; Solidarity and Internationalism.

Belly of the Beast’s Cuban journalist Liz Oliva Fernández on October-November national tour  See The War on Cuba

October 19-November 9: Virtual Course and Film Festival on Indigenous and Afro-descendant People’s Rights This four-part course will take place over zoom from October 19-November 9, and is free of charge. We will hear from Indigenous and Black activists in Nicaragua and the Americas, learn about Nicaragua’s two Autonomous Regions, and see beautiful films about the culture and landscape of these Regions. Watch for notices with details about how to register, or check the websites and for details about how to join!

October 21-22: (Madrid) Encuentro Sandinista de Solidaridad con Nicaragua Organizations from different parts of the Spanish state in the Sandinista Meeting of Solidarity with Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Webinar October 22, 3 pm ET: “Church & State in Nicaragua: Probing the Relationship” This webinar will confront allegations that the Nicaraguan government is conducting “a cutthroat campaign to silence its opponents, targeting religious orders, Catholic institutions, and media in addition to ordinary people of faith….” (Newsweek, Oct. 3) The speakers will also provide troubling evidence about some church leaders’ anti-government activities. Join us for other viewpoints and in-depth discussion, with ample time for your questions during Q&A. Featured speakers: Becca Renk, community development worker in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua, for over 20 years, who has written several articles on the church in Nicaragua; Dr. James J. Phillips, former Jesuit, author of books and articles on Honduras and Nicaragua, who lived in Nicaragua for several years and maintains ties there.

October 26: Lobby Day in Congress (both virtually and in-person) against Sanctions in the Americas.

October 28: NYC Protest Washington’s bipartisan economic and political war on Cuba

January 27, 2024: Latin America conference in London 18th annual conference in solidarity with Latin American progressive movements.

Upcoming Delegations to Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela

Upcoming Witness for Peace delegations to Cuba

November 20-29: Bolivia, Food Sovereignty, Popular Democracy & Indigenous Resistance 

Casa Ben Linder Nicaragua delegations: January 6-14, January 20-February 1, and February 10-19

April 9-19: Venezuela: Celebrating Popular Sovereignty and Power

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