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Israeli official called a fascist

July 22, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Israel's foreign minister ran into controversy on the first day of a Latin American trip when an official of Brazil's ruling party reportedly called him a fascist.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that Valter Pomar, secretary of international relations for the Workers Party, called Avigdor Lieberman "a racist and a fascist" during an interview.

The left-leaning Workers Party has long been sharply critical of Israel's policies toward Palestinians, and Lieberman has advocated a tough line on Israel's Arab minority.

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