The far-right president has angered Israel, a country with which he has begun to build closer ties since his election.
After attacking homosexuals, women and blacks, Jair Bolsonaro again made highly controversial statements about the Jewish genocide. In front of a parterre of evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian president felt that "we could forgive, but not forget" the Holocaust, reports The world.
In the face of controversy, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro explained in a letter sent to the Israeli authorities on Saturday (13 April) that he had been misinterpreted. "We will always oppose those who deny the truth or want to erase our memory, be it individuals, groups, party leaders or prime ministers – we will never forgive or forget.", he said.
The Holocaust Memorial Center Yad Vashem for its part explained in a statement that "No one can determine whether hate crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven". In his letter sent this weekend to the Israeli authorities, Jair Bolsonaro reiterated having written on the book of this Center de mémoire the sentence "Whoever forgets his past is doomed to have no future"."Any other interpretation interests only those who want to get away from my Jewish friends"he wrote in this missive.
"Forgiveness is a personal thing and does not fit into a historical context like the Holocaust, where millions of innocent people were murdered in a cruel genocide"he concluded. Shortly after visiting Yad Vashem during his official visit to Israel, Jair Bolsonaro had already made headlines, considering that Nazism was a leftist movement, because of the term "socialist" in the denomination of the German National Socialist Party.