YIDDISH in Venezuela
Venezuela: Rabbi warned that “Chavez is indifferent” to Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial
… Speaking to the Jewish Agency for News, the priest said “almost impossible” for the resumption of relations between Venezuela and Israel if Chavez remains in power. He confirmed that following the official media offensive against the Jewish state and warned that repetition of messages against Israel can stimulate further antisemitismo. … describing the state of relations between the Jewish community and the Governmentas “nonexistent” and … constant attacks by the official media against Israel. … With regard to the levels of anti-Semitism, Brener said, “the Venezuelan people is extremely tolerant.”
“There was never important manifestations of antisemitism, there may be individuals who have a grudge against the Jew. Here the Jewish and Arab community have always lived in harmony and without problems. …
“We wanted to invite the Chief Rabbi of Israel, but there is a problem and we do not even know if he can come because he may be considered as ‘an agent of Israel’. The Chief Rabbi of Israel was in Brazil and Colombia, and we wanted him to visit here but that has become very difficult”.
Relations between Israel and Venezuela became strained over the IDF operation in the Gaza Strip.
Caracas severed its diplomatic ties with Israel after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
slammed Israel’s actions as “inhumane”.
Caracas synagogue vandalized
Venezuelan Jews alarmed by increasing anti-Semitism after
vandals daub ‘Jews get out’ on synagogue walls
|Published:||01.31.09, 16:42 / Israel News|
“We don’t want Jews here” and “Jews get out” were the slogans daubed on a Caracas synagogue’s walls Saturday. … a number of assailants broke down the synagogue’s door and threw scripture books on the floor, then proceeded to graffiti the hateful slogans on the walls. … “We found the guard on the floor, he had been threatened with a gun,” … “Until 3 am they destroyed the offices, opened the Ark of the Covenant, and threw the Torah books on the floor.” the Jewish community had filed an official complaint with the police. “This is a very complicated situation for the Jews in Venezuela. The slogans were not against Israel but against the Jews,” … the community has been troubled by numerous anti-Semitic acts over recent years, and a spokesman for the Federation of Jewish Communities in Venezuela, Daniel Ben-Naim, said the incident testified to the increasing hatred of Jews in the country. … “We were afraid something like this would happen. The official press was becoming more and more anti-Israeli and anti-Jews. There are hundreds of anti-Semitic articles, ads, and fliers.”
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