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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hugo Chavez and Anti-semitism.


From the Wikipedia entry on Hugo Chavez in which he also created much hatred of Jews in the country during his rule which wasn't common before his rule. Allegations of antisemitism. From wikipedia.

On 24 December 2005, Chávez stated that "[t]he world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants of the same ones that kicked Bolívar out of here and also crucified him in their own way over there in Santa Marta, in Colombia. A minority has taken possession all of the wealth of the world."[238] Accusations of antisemitism have been leveled against Chávez because of these comments.[239] However, Steve Rendall and Jim Naureckas of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting questioned that interpretation, which they said was largely claimed by right-wing opinion journals.[240]

According to a report documenting hundreds of antisemitic actions of the police and other government offices, the creation of a newly formed antisemitic rhetoric in government sponsored newspapers and the rise of antisemitic attacks against Jewish people and Jewish organisations, in a country that was totally lacking all these phenomena before Chávez, points to his personal involvement in active antisemitism. Examples of this sentiment include two government raids in the Jewish school of Caracas where they searched for evidence of weapons or subversive activity: one raid in the morning of November 29, 2004, as elementary school children began their studies, and a second raid during a wedding in one of the school's halls in the evening of December 2, 2007.[241]

Chávez accused the opposition of working for Jewish interests, stating that "don't let yourselves be poisoned by those wandering Jews."[242][243]

Roughly half of the Jewish population of Venezuela left the country during his rule.[244]
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