Press Release: Center for a Free Cuba condemns terrorism against Israel [UPDATED]

Press Release

Center for a Free Cuba condemns terrorism against Israel

Calls on democracies to oppose attack by the terrorist international, condemns Cuba’s support for Hamas, Hezbollah terrorists

Washington, DC, October 8,  2023                 

Contact: John Suarez  (612)-367-6845 and Janisset Rivero (786)-208-6056 

Center for a Free Cuba. October 8, 2023. Washington DC. The Center for a Free Cuba issued a statement condemning Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel. Major terrorist attacks against Israel began on Saturday, October 7th at 6:30am (local time) that resulted in at least 700 Israelis killed, nearly 2,400 wounded, and over a 100 civilian hostages taken, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The number of casualties continues to climb.

Earlier today, reports emerged that Israeli soldiers continued to battle Hamas terrorists in the streets of southern Israel, while Hezbollah terrorists launched operations against Israel in northern Israel, sparking worries of a larger clash.

“We condemn this barbaric act of terrorism against the Israeli people, mourn and pray for the victims, and those taken hostage. We stand in solidarity with Israel, and call on the international community to take stronger actions against these terrorists,” said John Suarez, executive director, Center for a Free Cuba.

This major terrorist strike on Israel occurred fifty years after the beginning of the Yom Kipppur war in which Cuba was involved, that killed 2,656 Israelis and wounded 9,000.

October 6th of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War, a war of aggression by Syria and Egypt, with expeditionary forces from eight Muslim states. Three thousand Cuban troops supported Syria during the 1973 Yom Kippur War inflicting heavy casualties on Israeli forces. Cuban tank crews fought with Syrian troops. 180 Cubans were killed and 250 were injured.

Cuban official media spokespersons, Leticia Martinez, head of communications for Miguel Diaz-Canel, and “El Necio” posted statements celebrating a “Free Palestine” and justifying the terrorist attacks over their social media.

 The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations today issued a statement blaming the “impunity of Israel” calling the Jewish state an occupying power and the United States historically complicit. 

Dictator Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Dictator Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua , President and former M-19 terrorist Gustavo Petro in Colombia refused to condemn the terrorist attacks on Israel, while calling for the end of the “illegal occupation of Palestine.”

Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad revealed to the BBC that several countries had assisted Hamas, not just Iran.

“The Cuban dictatorship has waged war against Israel. Havana continues to support and engage with both Hamas and Hezbollah. This includes allowing Hezbollah to set up a base in Cuba. This sponsorship, and harboring terrorists by Havana must not be ignored,” said John Suarez, executive director, Center for a Free Cuba.

The Center for a Free Cuba on October 7th released the following statement:

Statement on terrorist attacks against Israel

The Center for a Free Cuba strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out against Israel by Hamas and calls on all democratic nations to unite in opposing this latest outrage by the terrorist international. 

Not only Hamas, but Iran’s Islamic Republic, and Cuba’s Communist dictatorship are allies in terrorism against Israel. They have a long history of conducting terrorist acts against the Jewish state. 

The Castro regime has been an open enemy of Israel since Havana severed diplomatic relations with Israel in 1973.

October 6th of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War, a war of aggression by Syria and Egypt, with expeditionary forces from eight Muslim states. Three thousand Cuban troops supported Syria during the 1973 Yom Kippur War inflicting heavy casualties on Israeli forces. Cuban tank crews fought with Syrian troops. 180 Cubans were killed and 250 were injured. 

This hostility towards Israel did not end when Cubans left Syria in 1975, but the Havana regime continued to aid and train terrorists in the Middle East, and allowed Hezbollah to set up a base in Cuba. 

Today, Cuba directly and through Venezuela continues to provide intelligence to Hamas as it has for decades. 

In February of 2023 a Hamas delegation visited the Cuban Ambassador in Lebanon.  On June 15, 2023 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met with Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana. Raisi had visited Cuban client states Venezuela and Nicaragua prior to arriving in Cuba.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards fund Hamas to attack Israel, and at the same time is sending drones to Putin to kill Ukrainians.

The Cuban communist dictatorship provides intelligence to Hamas to attack Israel, and at the same time is sending soldiers to Putin to kill Ukrainians.

Terrorists are united, but democracies are not. The European Union refuses to place the Islamic Revolutionary Guards or the Communist Party of Cuba on the list of terrorist organizations. Moreover, the EU is one of the main aid providers and trade partners of the Cuban communist dictatorship. This should be a wake up call for democratic nations to unite and take stronger actions against this terrorist axis.

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