Colombia will break relations with Israel over Gaza, Petro says President Gustavo Petro announced his country will break diplomatic ties with Israel Thursday over its actions in Gaza. "If Palestine dies, humanity dies, and we are not going to let it die," he said.

Colombia will break relations with Israel over its actions in Gaza, Petro says

Colombian President Gustavo Petro (center right) attends an International Workers' Day rally in Bogotá, Colombia, on Wednesday. Jair F. Coll/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Colombian President Gustavo Petro (center right) attends an International Workers' Day rally in Bogotá, Colombia, on Wednesday.

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Colombia is set to break diplomatic relations with Israel over its actions in Gaza.

Speaking to a crowd in the capital Bogotá on Wednesday, Colombian President Gustavo Petro said that the country "will break diplomatic relations with the state of Israel" on Thursday, calling its government "genocidal."

"If Palestine dies, humanity dies, and we are not going to let it die," he said.

Israel has strongly denied committing genocide in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

"History will remember that Gustavo Petro decided to side with the most despicable monsters known to mankind," Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Colombia is one of the U.S.'s closest partners in Latin America, and it has previously been a close partner of Israel.

But Colombia's leftist president is one of several Latin American leaders to take a strong vocal stand against Israel since its military campaign in Gaza in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attack on Israel.

Bolivia broke off relations with Israel on Oct. 31, followed by the Central American country of Belize.

Nicaragua brought charges at the International Court of Justice alleging Germany is violating the Genocide Convention by providing weapons and aid to Israel. Germany denies the allegation.

This week the United Nations' court at the Hague rejected Nicaragua's request to order a halt to Germany's arms exports to Israel.