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Abbas bestows Star of Palestine medal on Hugo Chavez

Headline: “The President [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] bestowed the Star of Palestine on ‎the late Chavez and exchanged ‎decorations with his Venezuelan ‎counterpart”‎
‎     “The visit made by President of the State of ‎Palestine Mahmoud Abbas to Caracas ‎yesterday [May 17, 2014], culminated in the ‎signing of two cooperation agreements ‎with Venezuela…‎
In addition, the President awarded the ‎Bolivar leader Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias a ‎Star of Palestine decoration of the highest ‎order in appreciation of his efforts for the ‎Palestinian cause.‎
The decoration was received by the ‎daughter of the deceased, Rosa Maria, at a ‎ceremony held at the Museum of the ‎Revolution, in the presence of the Vice ‎President of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, ‎Fatah Central Committee member Saeb ‎Erekat, [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs ‎Riyad Al-Malki, ‎Diplomatic Advisor to the President Majdi ‎Al-Khaledi, Palestinian Ambassador to ‎Venezuela Linda Sobh, members of the ‎Palestinian community and several senior ‎Venezuelan officials.‎
The order for the bestowing of the medal ‎on the deceased President Chavez stated ‎that the medal was being given ‘in ‎recognition of his principled and firm ‎positions in garnering regional and ‎international support to help the ‎Palestinian people achieve their legal ‎rights to freedom and independence, and ‎in appreciation of his efforts, his humanity, ‎his extensive influence and his struggle to ‎support oppressed peoples in all parts of ‎the world.’‎
In addition, President Abbas laid a wreath ‎of flowers on Chavez’s grave, on the hill of ‎the Military Museum in Caracas.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias (1954-2013) was President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He endorsed a socialist, anti-Imperialist political ideology. Chavez was a vocal critic of America and Israel, calling Israel worse than Hitler in its treatment of Palestinians. His anti-Zionism and close relations with Iran led to allegations of Antisemitism by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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