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Hamas calls on Brazil to backtrack on opening trade office in Jerusalem

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro give a press conference after holding a meeting at the Copacabana fort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 28, 2018.(Photo by LEO CORREA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 28 December 2018 [LEO CORREA/AFP/Getty Images]

Hamas condemned visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Israel as contradiction to historic stance of Brazilians, who support the Palestinian struggle against the occupation, a statement said.

In the statement, Hamas expressed it shock that the Brazilian President visited Jerusalem and Al-Buraq Wall, which Israel calls the Wailing Wall, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The movement also condemns the plan for setting up a trade office for Brazil in Jerusalem," the statement said, calling on Brazil to backtrack on this move immediately because it is contrary to international law.

"We stress that this policy does not serve stability and security in the region and threatens to put Brazilian ties with Arab and Islamic nations at stake," the statement said.

"Finally, Hamas urges the Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and all international organisations to pressure the Brazilian government to overturn these moves that support the Israeli occupation and provide a cover for its abhorrent crimes and violations against the Palestinian people."

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