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Gazette Premium Content Bolivia to require visas for Israeli travelers

Associated Press Updated: July 30, 2014 at 5:33 pm

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation.

President Evo Morales already broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, calling Israel's treatment of Palestinians "a genocide."

The action announced Wednesday will especially hit young Israelis, who often travel for extended periods, with South America a popular destination.

Other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, have recalled their ambassadors from Israel in protest over the fighting in Gaza.

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