Fidel Castro signs pro-Palestine manifesto

Havana - Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has signed an international manifesto "supporting Palestine", demanding that Israel respect UN resolutions and withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Castro, who will be 88 next week, added his signature to those of intellectuals and politicians to the document "In Defence of Palestine", the official Granma newspaper said on Saturday.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, Argentine artist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso and American writer Alice Walker were also among the signatories.

The manifesto was promoted by the Network in Defence of Humanity, which includes several Latin American groups.

It asks governments around the world to demand Israel respect United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted in the aftermath of the Six-Day War of 1967.

It calls for Israel to withdraw from the territories gained during the conflict.

In recent weeks, Latin America has been at the forefront of condemnation of the Israeli offensive in the crowded Palestinian enclave, offering almost unanimous support to the Palestinians.

Castro himself has accused Israel of engaging in a "new form of fascism" through the deadly military operation.

The conflict has killed at least 1 913 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers, since July 8.

Harsh criticism has also come from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and El Salvador have also recalled their ambassadors to Israel for consultations, while Bolivia, where thousands of people protested on Friday to denounce the conflict, placed Israel on a list of "terrorist states".

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, however, has been more muted in his response, leaving his envoy in Tel Aviv.

Brooklax Mpundus 2014/08/09 11:16:00 PM
Who cares what this shrivelled little olive signs ? Sy tyd is hond !
Makhulu Zulu 2014/08/09 11:46:24 PM
Fidel Castro is a legend.
Helen Sanya 2014/08/09 11:47:30 PM
Yoh! He is still alife!
Kabeya Clement Mulamba 2014/08/10 05:15:41 AM
Amen Dantri, those that r with Israel than those that are with Palestinian. We will support Israel for God's love.
Donald Anthony 2014/08/10 07:01:25 AM
Jerusalem, all of it, and the temple mount belong to Israel. In a few years Israel will celebrate the 50th year of jubilee and then they will hopefully take back what rightfully belongs to them on the temple mount. So Fidel, the old fart can go take a long walk off a short pier, his opinion means nothing
Eddie Murray 2014/08/10 07:05:46 AM
Granma newspaper , hahaha that exsplains it all
Linda 2014/08/10 08:16:57 AM
Is he still alive?
Azana Booi 2014/08/10 08:17:30 AM
I am with Israel on this one!
Andile DopestreetKid Baba 2014/08/10 08:30:37 AM
When the US is not involved there is always a party that will be on the wrng. When are we also goin to ask the US to move outta IRAQ?
Andile DopestreetKid Baba 2014/08/10 08:30:41 AM
When the US is not involved there is always a party that will be on the wrng. When are we also goin to ask the US to move outta IRAQ?