- Hans Weber
- March 1, 2024
Embassy of the State of Palestine – Czech Republic – Prague
Chilean president Boric refused to accept new Israeli ambassador to protest Israeli crimes
Chilean President Gabriel Boric Font refused to accept credentials of Israeli Ambassador Gil Artzyeli yesterday at La Moneda Palace.
The diplomat was supposed to hand over his credentials to the Chilean president, but the Israeli diplomat’s decision not to accept it was after he had just learned of the killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian young man by Israeli occupation forces in Janine. As another reason, the president cited the recent Israeli aggression on Gaza.
According to Israeli media, Artzyelli was already at the Chilean Presidential Palace for a planned meeting with Boric, when Chilean Foreign Minister Antonio Urrejola told him that his credentials would not be accepted that day and that the ceremony was postponed and the next month.
This development came after medical sources said a seventeen-year-old Odai Trad Salah boy was shot to the head by an Israeli army bullet during clashes in the village of Kafr Dan near the city of Jenin in the West Bank on Thursday morning.
Artzyeli, who took office in July, was also reportedly summoned for an interview with the Chilean foreign minister earlier Thursday.
Chilean President Gabriel Boric has long been an open advocate of the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation.
During his presidential campaign, he once called “Israel” a “killer state” and expressed support for bills calling for a boycott of goods, services and products from Israeli settlements.
His anti-Israel stance made him unpopular among Zionist groups in Chile, but gained him great support from left-wing and pro-Palestinian followers, especially 350,000 Chilean Palestinian diasporas.