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Israel prevents Palestinian-Venezuelans from voting
Published Sunday 07/10/2012 (updated) 08/10/2012 20:40
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President Abbas pictured with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians with Venezuelan citizenship were prevented from casting their vote in the country's presidential elections on Sunday because Israel withheld ballots from the Ramallah representative office, an official said.

"Venezuelan citizens were deprived of their natural and democratic right to participate in elections by a state which claims respect to human rights while denying another people their rights," head of Venezuela's representative office in Ramallah, Luis Daniel Logo, told Ma'an.

Hundreds of Palestinians with Venezuelan nationality went to the representative office to cast their votes, but found that Israeli authorities had not delivered the ballots to Ramallah.

The ballots had arrived in Israel from Venezuela on Sept. 14, and have since been inspected, Logo said. The representative office complied with all Israeli procedural requests but the required voting material was not delivered, he added.

"Even if the ballots arrive now, there will not be enough time for citizens to cast their votes."

Around 3,000 Palestinians in the West Bank have Venezuelan nationality but only 340 have the right to vote. The rest need to obtain identity cards from Venezuela but are prevented from traveling to the country by the Israeli government, Logo added.
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1 ) Paulina / USA
07/10/2012 18:51
Wtf! This is the only chance of change! Let them vote

2 ) Mel / USA
07/10/2012 22:01
Well,that's because Zionists are hoping that Henrique Capriles Radonski,the extreme right-wing Ashkenazi/Catholic Capitalist opponent of Chavez,is going to WIN,& hand Venezuela on a plate to CORRUPT capitalism! Don't forget,Venezuela is on the "regime change"COUP list of the US CFR,PNAC-brigade,along with Iraq,Libya,Syria,Russia and Iran!
Flood the Venezualan/Caracus office with e-mails about your citizen votes being blocked by Zionists who're backing Chavez's opponent,Radonski!

3 ) gabi / australia
08/10/2012 01:31
well, that's a good look for "the only true democracy in the Middle East"!

4 ) Nour / 1-STATE
08/10/2012 07:29
Congratulations to Chavez and all Palestinian-Venezuelans for the triumph of Hugo Chavez which is also the defeat of the American/Zionist imperialist hegemony in the world. Rudonski is of Jewish background so it is no wonder his entire platform was based on mending ties with the (Zionist) US adminsitration and normalization with the apartheid entity.."Israel". I see "Israel"s pathetic prevention of Pal-Venezuelans from voting back-fired. Viva Venezuela...Viva Palestine libre!

5 ) Julie / USA
08/10/2012 07:51
look how izraeli apartheid reaches global proportions, and look at how zionists are ruining world peace

6 ) Rami / Palestine
09/10/2012 08:14
Well....I guess that came back to bite them since Pro-Palestinian Chavez won another term. I think he can return the favor by imposing restrictions on Israeli Venezuelans who intend to vote in the upcoming Israeli elections since Netanyahu's coalition is falling apart.
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