Top row from left to right: Israel’s former honorary consul in Haiti Gilbert Bigio, author Nathalie Handal; bottom row from left to right: Haitian soccer players Frantzdy Pierrot and Djimy-Bend Alexis, Palestinian-Haitian entrepreneur Samir Handal.

As the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict resurged into a full-fledged war Oct. 7, at least 4,150 people have been killed as of Monday, according to official tallies by both states. The Haitian government, which has ties to both countries, added its voice to the list calling for peace.

“Nothing in fact can justify blind and indiscriminate attacks against defenseless civilians, innocent old people, women and children, nor kidnappings,” Haiti’s government stated in an X post on Oct. 10. “The Haitian Government calls on the protagonists to do everything to slow down the escalation in order to avoid a conflagration of the entire region.”


Here are seven things to know about Haiti’s relationships with Israel and Palestine as the neighboring countries trade deadly attacks.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.