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Cablegate: Sao Paulo Lebanese and Muslim Reactions to Events In

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INFO RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 6509
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RUMIAAA/USCINCSO MIAMI FL
RUEAWJC/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC

UNCLAS SAO PAULO 000782

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR DS/IP/WHA, DS/DSS/OSAC, WHA/BSC
NSC FOR FEARS
DEPT ALSO FOR WHA/PDA, DRL/PHD, DS/DSS/ITA
BRASILIA FOR RSO AND LEGAT; RIO DE JANEIRO FOR RSO
SOUTHCOM ALSO FOR POLAD

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV SOCI ASEC PREL BR
SUBJECT: SAO PAULO LEBANESE AND MUSLIM REACTIONS TO EVENTS IN
LEBANON

REF: (A) SAO PAULO 360; (B) SAO PAULO 779

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The Federation of Muslims Associations in Brazil
sent a letter to the Consul General in Sao Paulo expressing "immense
concern" regarding the recent military actions conducted by Israel
in Lebanon, especially as it affects Brazilians currently in Lebanon
for tourism and to visit family. The letter calls on the United
States to use "as much force as possible" to convince the Israeli
Armed Forces to immediately cease its actions in Lebanon to avoid
further injury to innocent civilians. We have also learned that a
rally is planned for Wednesday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m. in front of the
state legislature, organized by a multi-denominational group of
Lebanese-Brazilians to call on the Brazilian government to take more
action to help Brazilian citizens who are unable to leave Lebanon on
their own. A rally is also scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on July 19 in
the border city of Foz do Iguacu, "in solidarity with the Lebanese
people." END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) The Consul General in Sao Paulo received a letter dated
July 17 signed by Mohamed Hussein El Zoghbi, Director of the
Federation of Muslims Associations in Brazil. The Federation, "in
the name of the Brazilian Muslim and Arab communities" both in
Brazil and in Lebanon, asks that the USG be made aware of the
group's "immense concern" with the "violence, injustice and
indiscriminate attacks" done by the "Government of Israel against
the sovereign state of Lebanon." The letter goes on to describe the
recent actions in Lebanon as "indiscriminately victimizing" innocent
civilians and children, and focuses on Brazilians that are currently
in Lebanon for holiday and visiting family. The letter calls the
Israeli actions "totally unnecessary and abusive," and asks the
Consul General to express the group's distress and complete
disapproval of the "use of force, by any means, against innocent
civilians." The group then asks the United States, "in the name of
World Peace," to express with "as much force as possible" the sense
that the "unjust attacks by the Israeli Armed Forces" should cease
immediately to avoid further injury to innocent civilians.

3. (SBU) We have also learned that members of the greater Lebanese
community in Sao Paulo (ref A) are planning a rally in front of the
state legislature to occur on Wednesday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m. The
goal of this rally seems to be to apply pressure on the Brazilian
government to take more action to evacuate Brazilians currently in
Lebanon.

4. (SBU) A prominent front-page advertisement appeared on July 18
in the local paper Gazeta do Iguacu calling for a rally in
"solidarity with the people of Lebanon" to be held at 4:00 on July
19 at the Colegio Mitre Plaza, in Foz do Iguacu at the border of
Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

5. (SBU) COMMENT: We continue to monitor events and reactions
related to the current situation in Lebanon as per ref. B, and will
report developments. END COMMENT.

MCMULLEN

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