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Venezuela - Jews Turn to Chavez Over State Media's Anti-Semitism

Published on: September 4, 2010 11:31 PM
By:  Haaretz
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Attack on Jews have significantly increases in Venezuela under ChavezVenezuela - The increasingly anti-Semitic commentary in Venezuela’s state-sponsored media in recent days prompted the heads of the country’s Jewish community to request an urgent meeting with President Hugo Chavez. The presidential palace responded that their request would be granted.

The verbal and written attacks have included hints that the Jews are damaging the country’s economy and are following the notorious anti-Semitic fabrication “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” It is likely related to the rising tensions ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, which are set for later this month.

“This anti-Semitism is troubling us all and it needs to cease immediately,” said David Bittan Obadia, deputy chairman of the Jewish community of Venezuela Friday. “We are not saying this is the government policy; however, [the government] is capable of putting a stop to the phenomenon. It has the tools. We will be very direct and adamant in the things we will tell President Chavez.”


Bittan Obadia said the attacks had come from the media, but the community’s real concern was that the phenomenon would spread.

He said the president’s staff had promised a meeting with Chavez in about 10 days.

A member of Caracas’ Jewish community told Haaretz yesterday, “Chavez and his supporters will not give up power, irrespective of the election result, and many members of our community are concerned that if there are disturbances, we will be targeted. When there is anarchy, there are always people who use it to attack Jews.”

She added, “When the mood intensifies, like during the current election campaign, there are politicians who immediately bring out the incitement against the Jews. Is this by order of the president? I don’t know, but the president sees and hears everything in the government-controlled area. Many Jewish families in my area have left or are leaving.”

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Read Comments (4)  —  Post Yours »


 Sep 05, 2010 at 02:05 AM gefiltyfish Says:

My father have still the # on is hand ,I hope this can stop


 Sep 05, 2010 at 10:15 AM shimonyehuda Says:

going to chavezto complain about anti semitism will accomplish the same as it would have for jews in germany in 1932..... chavez will have a nice "photo op" then do nothing he will say i have no power over my own state run media


 Sep 05, 2010 at 11:56 AM ILiv2BHaP Says:

good point international benifit seeing with jews and then you will get screwed remember chavez beileves against big world power which means he distrusts jews


 Sep 05, 2010 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

JEWS get out of the new Russia, or Red china. He is just a big anti-semitie and worst yet you never know what he will do tomorrow


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