Duterte, the first Philippine president to visit Israel, is known for his outspoken rhetoric and policies. Duterte’s hallmark is his anti-drug campaign, which he once compared to the Holocaust, saying that we would be happy to kill drug addicts like Hitler killed Jews.
The landmark visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to israel was accompanied by protests on Tuesday.
According to AP, dozens of demonstrators crowded together outside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s residence prior to Duterte’s arrival. They were reportedly waving Israeli flags, blowing whistles, and chanting “shame, shame, shame. We will not be silent and we will not agree to the selling of weapons.”
Duterte, the first Filipino leader to pay a diplomatic visit to israel since the two countries established ties in 1957, has pivoted away from his nation’s longtime military reliance on the US and is eyeing Israeli-made military equipment for the Philippine coastguard.
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The 73-year-old president, probably best known for his contentious anti-drug campaign, has been accused by campaigners of violating human rights. The international community will eventually conclude that Duterte is “responsible for crimes against humanity,” human rights lawyer Itay Mack said, as cited by AP.
Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that an Israeli firm had turned down an invitation to a business forum to be…