Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has vehemently criticized Israel’s military actions in Gaza, labeling the state as terrorist and accusing it of committing genocide. His remarks were made via a social media post on Tuesday, amid the escalating conflict that erupted following a deadly surprise attack by Hamas on October 7, which resulted in approximately 1,200 fatalities in southern Israel.
Diplomatic Stance and Humanitarian Concerns
Cuba, which lacks formal diplomatic ties with Israel, has been outspoken in its condemnation of the Israeli offensive against Hamas, the de facto governing authority in Gaza. The military campaign has led to widespread destruction in the region and a reported death toll of over 20,400 Palestinians, as per local authorities. Diaz-Canel, in his message on X (formerly known as Twitter), described the Israeli offensive as “a humiliation for all humanity” and expressed dismay over the lack of international intervention.
In a passionate declaration, he stated,
“Cuba, which will never be among the indifferent, raises its voice for Palestine again and again.”
Cuban Parliament’s Solidarity with Palestine
Recently, the Cuban parliament adopted a declaration of solidarity with the Palestinian people, endorsing their quest for statehood. The declaration labeled the Israeli actions as “genocide” and criticized what it termed “barbaric acts,” pointing to a broader failure in international diplomacy. It also vehemently condemned the United States government for its perceived role and complicity, highlighting the U.S.’s historical use of veto power at the UN Security Council in favor of Israel.
U.S. Stance and Israeli Response
The Biden administration has reportedly expressed concerns over the high civilian casualty count in Gaza and is believed to be exerting private pressure on Israel to alter its strategy. However, senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson Tal Heinrich, have denied any pressure from the U.S., asserting that the relationship between the two nations remains strong and aligned.
Israel maintains that it is taking all necessary precautions to protect civilians and shifts the blame for civilian casualties onto Hamas. A report from +972 Magazine in late November suggested that the Israeli military might be intentionally targeting significant structures in Gaza to create widespread shock and potentially turn public sentiment against Hamas.
The Ongoing Debate and International Repercussions
The situation in Gaza continues to be a point of international contention, with various nations and organizations voicing their perspectives. The Cuban president’s strong words reflect a deep-seated frustration with the ongoing conflict and the international community’s response. As the world watches, the debate over responsibility, strategy, and the path to peace remains as complex and heated as ever, with real and tragic consequences for those caught in the crossfire.