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article imageIranian regime and Palestinians pay tributes to Chavez

By Paul Iddon     Mar 6, 2013 in Politics
Palestinian and Iranian leaders who were close friends to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have paid warm tributes.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described his late friend and political ally Mr. Chavez as a man who kept Palestine "in his heart" and served as a symbolic opponent to those "scarred by imperialism." Iran has announced a day of national mourning for the Venezuelan leader who was a close ally of the Iranian regime and once vowed that his Venezuela would "stay by Iran at any time and under any condition" adding that Venezuela under him is "with Iran forever."
Ahmadinejad declared that, "Hugo Chavez is a name known to all nations. his name is a reminder of the cleanliness and kindness, bravery . . . dedication and tireless efforts to serve the people, especially the poor and those scarred by colonialism and imperialism."
The Iranian president may travel to Caracas to attend Mr. Chavez's funeral on Friday. (Jerusalem Post, March 6 2013)
In Palestine senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath declared that, “Today we remember the words of Simon Bolivar ‘I desire to see (Latin) America fashioned into the greatest nation in the world, greatest not so much by virtue of her area and wealth as by her freedom and glory.’ President Chavez endlessly worked not only for freedom and glory for his beloved Latin America, but for all oppressed peoples, including Palestine, a country he kept in his heart."
Many Palestinians are genuinely grieving the loss of the Venezuelan leader, many bidding farewell to a "friend who passionately defended our right to freedom."
As the case with Fatah's late Yasser Arafat Palestinian supporters of Chavez like their Venezuelan counterparts believe his death was an assassination through poisoning. (Israel Today, March 6 2013)
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