11 January 2008

11 January 2008 - Hugo Chavez goes after Jews

Hugo Chavez’s, having recently suffered the rejection of Venezuelan voters who denied him sweeping new powers in a constitutional referendum, is looking for new targets to attack. Jews are a tiny minority in Venezuela—but we have seen this sort of behavior before, most recently in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe went after whites, and Jews in particular, after losing a similar constitutional referendum.

From the :

Venezuelan Jews, long uneasy with the Chávez government's alliances with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries that espouse anti-Israel views, are concerned that the government is sponsoring anti-Semitism in this hemisphere, a prominent journalist said Tuesday.

''The situation we have now in Venezuela is that for the first time in modern history we have government-sponsored anti-Semitism in a Western country,'' said Sammy Eppel. ``That is why this is very dangerous, not just for the Jewish community in Venezuela but for the Jewish community as a whole.''

Among the examples offered by Eppel:

Venezuelan government intelligence services twice have raided the country's most important Jewish center in a vague, ultimately unsuccessful search for weapons. Publications of the government's cultural ministry run articles entitled ''the Jewish Question,'' along with a Jewish star superimposed over a swastika.

I think what Chavez needs is another dose of what Spain’s King Juan Carlos dished out earlier this year:


At 2:01 PM, Blogger Thermblog said...

I would not be surprised to find this State behaviour to be echoed in South Africa sometime.

At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have often thought that there were parallels in the position of Venezuela’s Jews and our community. Their life style is also very similar to ours. What has always surprised me is the way in which the leadership of the Venezuelan Jewish community has continued to speak out against Chavez’s government. They regularly issue statements condemning Venezuela’s support for Iran for example. Perhaps it would be an interesting topic to look at for a post.


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