Israel Condemns Ecuadorian Ambassador who Compared Palestinian Conflict to Nazi Genocide

By: Karina Martín - Dec 6, 2016, 2:41 pm
Israel officials called the speech “atrocious revisionism.” (cristianosporelmundo)

Español Israeli officials expressed their disapproval this week of a speech given by Ecuador Ambassador Horacio Sevilla in the United Nation in which he criticized Israel’s relationship with Palestine.

The Israeli government described the speech of the Ecuadorian ambassador in which he compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi regime as “inaccurate” and “plagued with historical deformations.”

“Such comparisons distort history and trivialize the genocide in which more than six million Jews were systematically killed, together with other minorities like gypsies, homosexuals, the handicapped and the political opposition,” a statement read.

“By order of the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Exterior Benjamin Netanyahu … the Commissioner of Business Enrique Ponce has been summoned to an urgent meeting about the shameful speech given by the Ambassador of Ecuador Hoarcio Sevilla this weekend,” the statement said.

Both Director of International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Shimon Samuels and Representative for the Latin American Simon Wiesenthal Center Ariel Gelblung decided to express their indignation to President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, in hopes that he would publicly apologize for Ecuador’s slander of the Jewish people.

For his “atrocious revisionism, Sevilla should be expelled from diplomatic service.”

Samuels explained that there has never been a Palestinian state and that if the Arabs of the British Mandate had accepted the 1947 resolution of the partition of the United Nations, they would be approaching their 69th anniversary with the State of Israel.

“Eight hundred and sixty thousand Jews were subsequently expelled from Arab countries where they had resided for 2,000 years. Only the Palestinians were left as refugees by their fellow Arabs in order to perpetuate a conflict with Israel.”

Executive Director of the Latin American Jewish Congress Claudio Epelman also commented about what happened, saying that that the Ambassador’s speech demonstrated absolute ignorance “of what happened in Germany and the situation in the Middle East, as well as hurting the feelings of Holocaust survivors and families.”

“We are surprised that a person that has such a high responsibility like representing his country before the world could make such a trivializing declaration about the worst tragedy in human history; in this sense, it would be ideal that the Ambassador reflect on his words.”


Sevilla’s speech to the United Nations

Sevilla gave the speech during a celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

He demanded “the immediate establishment of the independent state of Palestine, which must have the pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital and coexist with the State of Israel in conditions of peace and security.”

The speech also included quotes from Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro’s speech to the United Nations in 1979:

“We repudiate with all our force the persecution and genocide that in the past unleashed Nazism against the Hebrew people. But I cannot remember anything more similar in our contemporary history than the persecution and genocide that is carried out today by imperialism and Zionism against the Palestinian people.”

Sources: La República; El Comercio; Radio Sucre.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Argentina Excluded from Global Education Ranking, Chile Leads LatAm

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Dec 6, 2016, 1:12 pm

EspañolArgentina has not been included in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's ranking of education quality because the information provided by the country was deemed insufficient. The OECD-designed PISA test evaluates the academic performance of 15-year-olds in 71 countries around the world in math, science and reading comprehension. It's been conducted every three years since 2000. In the 2015 PISA, 7,500 Argentinean students participated from 238 different schools, but the results won't be counted. It's the first time that the country has been excluded. Argentina has participated every year since 2000 except for 2003, following the economic crisis between 2001 and 2002. "In Argentina, the PISA test was implemented in accordance with the OECD's operating standards and guidelines. However, there was a significant decrease in the proportion of 15-year-olds that took the assessment, both in absolute and relative terms," the 2015 PISA report said. The report said there was a re-structuring of secondary schools in the country, and for this reason the number of schools listed in the sample decreased. The OECD said that because there were modifications to the sample, the results for PISA 2015 would not be comparable with those of other countries, nor with those from previous tests in Argentina. On Monday, December 5, OECD Director of of Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher told the newspaper La Nación that the omission of schools from the sample framework presented by Argentina had the potential to affect students represented in the sample. Five months months ago, when the OECD started the sampling, suspicions arose regarding the reliability of Argentina's results. Officials in President Mauricio Macri's administration had already been made aware the OECD was questioning Argentina's numbers. Read More: The Chavista Cronies Who Staff Venezuela’s Embassies Read More: Bankrupt Venezuela Can’t Pay its Diplomats Around the World The OECD's report does, however, present results for Buenos Aires, which provided its own separate results. The city placed 38, above other Latin American countries like Chile, but far below countries like Singapore, which placed first. Buenos Aires students had the greatest improvement among all PISA participants in the sciences, which school administrators reportedly prioritized. Minister of Education Esteban Bulrich said they made a "serious mistake" in their testing methodology during the Kirchner administrations. "We have worked since President Macri took office to be committed to the truth," he said during a press conference. "And (previous results) resemble a country that had no commitment to statistics and truth." Manipulation of data Former Minister of Education Alberto Sileoni, who served under former President Cristina Kirchner, said there was no manipulation of data resulting from PISA tests. The evaluation was taken last year during his term. "We sent less schools (than in 2012) because there were schools that no longer existed," he said. "That is the explanation ... We gave this explanations to PISA." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "The schools that are missing were not selectively dropped," he continued. "There was a decrease in students, but never a reason to suspect manipulation." The former Minster also questioned the extremely positive results provided by Buenos Aires. "The city of Buenos Aires has improved like no other in the history of PISA," he said. "It is difficult to justify these standards when last week, there was a different test in which it came in last." Rankings Chile placed first among education systems in the region, having moved from third place in 2000 to remaining in first place since 2006. Uruguay placed 47, Costa Rica placed 55, Colombia placed 57, Mexico placed 58, Brazil placed 63, Peru placed 64 and the Dominican Republic placed 70. Of the 71 countries that participated in the evaluation, Singapore placed the highest, seven points higher than its previous score in 2012. Following it were Japan, Estonia, China Taipei, Finland, Macao (China), Canada, Vietnam, Hong Kong and PSJG (Pekín, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Guangdong in China). Other countries excluded from PISA 2015 were Albania, Malaysia and Kazakhstan for mistakes in obtaining data or for having a low rate of responses. Sources: Clarín, La Nación.

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