Lula de Silva has made a historic comeback to Brazilian presidency yesterday as he secured 50,9% surpassing his right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro.
Meanwhile, Palestinians have warmly welcomed the victory as the new president is known for his positive stance towards Palestinian Cause and his opposition to Israeli regime.
Lula has been noticed many times wearing Koufya –Palestinian resistance symbol—while visiting Palestine in 2010.
During the same visit, the Brazilian president refused to pay tribute to Theodor Herzl’s grave, yet he laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s grave in Ramallah.
What’s more, he recognized a Palestinian state, setting off a wave of such recognition in South America. He also supported Palestine’s bid to become a UN member.
“Palestinians deserve our full attention and solidarity,” Lula said in a statement.
Around 60.000 Palestinians living in Brazil praised the remarkable victory as the Brazilian Palestinian federation welcomed da Silva’s victory: “Long live the Brazilian people, who chose the path of freedom and democracy instead of hatred, intolerance, fascism. A heartfelt thank you from this Brazilian-Palestinian diaspora.”
The new president is a close friend to the Latin American resistance symbol Fidel Castro, who was relentlessly fighting for his country’s freedom against US Imperialism.
As such, Lula tends to follow suit and stand against the US in the Middle East. Unlike former president Jair Bolsonaro who is a dedicated ally of the Israeli regime.
As the Latin American country has a considerable impact on the global stage, Palestinians take such a victory as a step ahead towards the recognition of the Palestinian state.
However, Palestinians realize well that “It takes two to tango” and Brazil alone would not make a big difference unless other several powerful countries follow in their footsteps.