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Published on: February 4, 2010 03:34 PM
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Caracas - About 30 Jewish families from Venezuela are expected to leave their country and move to neighboring Colombia in 2010, Marcos Peckel, the head of the Bogota’s Jewish community, has told the Jewish news agency AJN. Peckel said a special committee has been established to receive Venezuelan Jews. He confirmed that the Colombian Jewish community was worried about the worsening situation of Jews in Venezuela..

Several dozen Jewish families have reportedly moved to Colombia following the political situation in the country and the economic crisis that has hit Venezuela.

Peckel told AJN: “We are worried about the situation in Venezuela, and there are members from the Jewish community that already live in Colombia.” He added that although immigration was not massive”, estimates showed that “by the end of 2010, around 20 or 30 families from Venezuela will be living in Bogota,” Colombia’s capital.

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The special committee would provide logistical help for the families and to students from Venezuela. “We help them find an apartment; we show them videos from schools, the synagogue and the sports club. We also help them get a cell phone or open a bank account. As there are many legal requirements, in most cases we act as guarantors”.

Peckel said the project was just beginning. “For Venezuelans, Colombia wasn’t a preferential destination; they would rather go to Panama, Israel, or Miami. But now, they are thinking of Colombia, too”.

“We are not promoting that Venezuelan Jews come here because such a thing wouldn’t be fair to Venezuela’s Jewish community. But we have to take care of the situation and we have set up telephone lines so they can be in touch with us whenever they want.”
Regarding diplomatic ties among Venezuela and Colombia, Peckel said that Jews were “as worried as any other Colombian citizen… If we add to that the belligerent language of [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chávez against Colombia, considering it as the Israel of Latin America, which for me is good, it could end in madness”.


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 Feb 04, 2010 at 03:49 PM south american jew Says:

in 1979 the west and israel warned iranian jews that the ayatollah would harm them. they lied but it stirred such a panic many left. those who stayed realized it was a hoax. they also said the same thing about castro and it was a lie. if you also notice just before yemen became a new "terror" nation, the security of jews suddenly became perilous.if the jews would trust and support chavez and venezuela more and the west and israel less, they will see he is only looking to keep the west from exploiting his oil reserves.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 04:35 PM JANCSI Says:

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south american jew Says:

in 1979 the west and israel warned iranian jews that the ayatollah would harm them. they lied but it stirred such a panic many left. those who stayed realized it was a hoax. they also said the same thing about castro and it was a lie. if you also notice just before yemen became a new "terror" nation, the security of jews suddenly became perilous.if the jews would trust and support chavez and venezuela more and the west and israel less, they will see he is only looking to keep the west from exploiting his oil reserves.

are you for real this chavez is a nut case mentally unstable he is fabricating situations to justfy his warlike attitude to colombia and the hate towards america he is infinitly more dangerous to his own country then anyone can be in yemen they there was a murder that took place of a jew you conveniently forget that, and in iran they are too scared to say anything where the regime murders its own people as was and is the case with the demonstrators youre off you rocker to have so much blind hate towards usa you dont make sense they get the spot price for their iol what exploitation are you talking about the only exploitation here is by chavez on his own people whom he also terrorizes

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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south american jew Says:

in 1979 the west and israel warned iranian jews that the ayatollah would harm them. they lied but it stirred such a panic many left. those who stayed realized it was a hoax. they also said the same thing about castro and it was a lie. if you also notice just before yemen became a new "terror" nation, the security of jews suddenly became perilous.if the jews would trust and support chavez and venezuela more and the west and israel less, they will see he is only looking to keep the west from exploiting his oil reserves.

Yeh, a Jew in Yemen could wear his yarmulka and Payot in downtown Sanna just like in Boro Park and a Jew in Teheran could wear his Yarmulka in Downtown Shiraz just like a Jew in Monsey I also have the Brooklyn bridge to sell you, are you intrested?

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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south american jew Says:

in 1979 the west and israel warned iranian jews that the ayatollah would harm them. they lied but it stirred such a panic many left. those who stayed realized it was a hoax. they also said the same thing about castro and it was a lie. if you also notice just before yemen became a new "terror" nation, the security of jews suddenly became perilous.if the jews would trust and support chavez and venezuela more and the west and israel less, they will see he is only looking to keep the west from exploiting his oil reserves.

right!!!! Because the jews that stayed in iran have had such a great time and which jew dosnt want to run to cuba to spend some time with our best friend castro
oh by the way, bad bad "the west" exploiting all the the oil reservs

(SARCASM)

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 04:54 PM Anonymous Says:

The jews in Hungary that didnt listen to warnings about hitler did real well too....

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 04:58 PM Sara Fuerst Says:

To south american jew:
Which world did you come from? Are you for real????
Are you saying that the jews in Iran and Yemen are doing ok? What about the ones in Cuba? if there are any left...they're all intermarried because there is no freedom of anything in any of these places....I have a great idea !!! Why don't you go to Venezuela and Support Chavez with his revolution (robolusion)!!!! As long as you do what he wants and he still has the money to pay you off, you will both be happy.Talk about exploiting the Venezuelan's oil (not his).
Wake up and smell REALITY. Nobody loves us especially all these dictators.
A venezuelan Jew.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 07:10 PM Anonymous Says:

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south american jew Says:

in 1979 the west and israel warned iranian jews that the ayatollah would harm them. they lied but it stirred such a panic many left. those who stayed realized it was a hoax. they also said the same thing about castro and it was a lie. if you also notice just before yemen became a new "terror" nation, the security of jews suddenly became perilous.if the jews would trust and support chavez and venezuela more and the west and israel less, they will see he is only looking to keep the west from exploiting his oil reserves.

I am not sure. And i'm also south American. No estoy tan seguro y yo tambien soy sudamericano

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:09 PM jancsi Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The jews in Hungary that didnt listen to warnings about hitler did real well too....

are you normal you compare the natzi era to todays situation with chavez my parents are from hungary they were in the concentration camps and youre saying they knew all that was going on and didnt resist or run away what are you saying by comparing the holocaust with this idiot in south america please explain because you sound rediculous

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:18 PM Charlie Hall Says:

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south american jew Says:

in 1979 the west and israel warned iranian jews that the ayatollah would harm them. they lied but it stirred such a panic many left. those who stayed realized it was a hoax. they also said the same thing about castro and it was a lie. if you also notice just before yemen became a new "terror" nation, the security of jews suddenly became perilous.if the jews would trust and support chavez and venezuela more and the west and israel less, they will see he is only looking to keep the west from exploiting his oil reserves.

Castro wasn't an anti-Semite -- he suppressed all religious observance for everyone! Chavez IS an anti-Semite, he will probably end up being worse than his idol.

Unfortunately Chavez controls one of the largest oil companies in the US, and all the others get oil from the anti-Semites in the Middle East. The only answer is to buy fuel efficient vehicles and take public transit whenever and wherever possible.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 11:02 PM colombian jew Says:

i remember as a kid in colombia how all the jews looked at venezuela as the goldene medinah .. people were safe, parnasa was good - not like in bogota

olam hafuch

chavez truly destroyed a paradise

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 12:11 AM south american jew Says:

first of all the jews in iran live quite well and these days there is almost no emigration. jews live very peacefully in iran so dont delude yourselves. the western media can portray anybody the way the want. truth is, the citizens of venezuela overwhelmingly voted him in because he promised to keep the west from exploiting their resources. america has a long history of overthrowing south american leaders (who we are told are "commies" and "dictators" but its nonsense) so american businesses can exploit south american resources from fruit to oil.

when will you guys learn america is on the path of rome? america is becoming too big is creating enemies? i have seen english and spanish interviews with him and he is harmless. all this talk of him being "hitler" and such is not true. he is very altruistic and only looking out for his citizens.
american newspapers lie.

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 08:11 AM Venezuelan Jew Says:

i am appalled by these reports (and the ignorant comments) about Chavez and defining him as an "anti-semite" vechulu. Chavez has been the best thing that happened to Venezuela in a long time, the 90% of the country which is below poverty level now has food, medical, and in the process of having homes, all due to the fact that the Venezuela Natural Reserves are now being controlled by the government, and the income from it goes to support all of Chavez's social initiatives.

He has no problem with Jews, VeAderaba, he has lots of Jewish Friends, and respects religion. He has a issue with America, and by default with any of Americas friends (including Israel). When he was voted in he was on good terms with America, only three years later (in 2002) he started attacking America because of declassified CIA documents (http://venezuelafoia.info) showing they participated in a coup against him.

These Jews moving to Colombia are because they aren't making money anymore, and there are only two reasons for it: a) because you don't adapt to the new rules, and stick to old tactics. b) you have issues with the government. Any Jew who is smart is making loads of money now (more than ever before).

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 09:40 AM Anonymous Says:

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Venezuelan Jew Says:

i am appalled by these reports (and the ignorant comments) about Chavez and defining him as an "anti-semite" vechulu. Chavez has been the best thing that happened to Venezuela in a long time, the 90% of the country which is below poverty level now has food, medical, and in the process of having homes, all due to the fact that the Venezuela Natural Reserves are now being controlled by the government, and the income from it goes to support all of Chavez's social initiatives.

He has no problem with Jews, VeAderaba, he has lots of Jewish Friends, and respects religion. He has a issue with America, and by default with any of Americas friends (including Israel). When he was voted in he was on good terms with America, only three years later (in 2002) he started attacking America because of declassified CIA documents (http://venezuelafoia.info) showing they participated in a coup against him.

These Jews moving to Colombia are because they aren't making money anymore, and there are only two reasons for it: a) because you don't adapt to the new rules, and stick to old tactics. b) you have issues with the government. Any Jew who is smart is making loads of money now (more than ever before).

i bet you the rabbis and community leaders that were targeted - personally - on TV - by chavez - himself - differ with your assessment

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 09:42 AM jancsi Says:

Reply to #13  
Venezuelan Jew Says:

i am appalled by these reports (and the ignorant comments) about Chavez and defining him as an "anti-semite" vechulu. Chavez has been the best thing that happened to Venezuela in a long time, the 90% of the country which is below poverty level now has food, medical, and in the process of having homes, all due to the fact that the Venezuela Natural Reserves are now being controlled by the government, and the income from it goes to support all of Chavez's social initiatives.

He has no problem with Jews, VeAderaba, he has lots of Jewish Friends, and respects religion. He has a issue with America, and by default with any of Americas friends (including Israel). When he was voted in he was on good terms with America, only three years later (in 2002) he started attacking America because of declassified CIA documents (http://venezuelafoia.info) showing they participated in a coup against him.

These Jews moving to Colombia are because they aren't making money anymore, and there are only two reasons for it: a) because you don't adapt to the new rules, and stick to old tactics. b) you have issues with the government. Any Jew who is smart is making loads of money now (more than ever before).

right he is a robin hood who steals from the rich and gives it to the poor are you tottay insane he is a danger to his own country and his neighbors now he is quareling with colombia everyone is wrong and he is right according to you, what he did in the un his antics shows he is not all there mentally disturbed wake up maybee youre making alot of money under him thas why you like him but its clear to everyone he is a danger to his neighbors and his own country which he is slooting to make his gradios fantasies come true

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Sara Fuerst Says:

To south american jew:
Which world did you come from? Are you for real????
Are you saying that the jews in Iran and Yemen are doing ok? What about the ones in Cuba? if there are any left...they're all intermarried because there is no freedom of anything in any of these places....I have a great idea !!! Why don't you go to Venezuela and Support Chavez with his revolution (robolusion)!!!! As long as you do what he wants and he still has the money to pay you off, you will both be happy.Talk about exploiting the Venezuelan's oil (not his).
Wake up and smell REALITY. Nobody loves us especially all these dictators.
A venezuelan Jew.

Wait, wait, wait a sec.....you just said there is no freedom there so they are intermarried. Who is forcing them to intermarry? Also, America is the most free country in the world, and yet your communities still practice arranged marriages and marry your kids off at ridiculously youung ages! Where is the freedom there???????

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