Thursday, November 26, 2009

Reuters downplays extent of antisemitism in Venezuela

In September, we noted a Reuters' story about Hugh Chavez and his accusation at the time that Israel was attempting to "exterminate" the Palestinians.  Reuters presents Chavez' risible claim sans any of the contempt it typically reserves for statements by Israeli officials.

Yesterday, Reuters correspondents Frank Jack Daniel and Andrew Cawthorne reported on Chavez' latest outburst where, during a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former referred to Israel as "a murderous arm of the Yankee empire".  Daniel and Cawthorne note that Chavez was lauded by Muslims for his previous accusations against Israel and that:
His fierce speeches against Israel are taken by some supporters as a green light for anti-Semitism and walls in Caracas are often daubed with anti-Jewish slogans.
For a clearer perspective on the abuse, threats, and violence the Venezuelan Jewish community is suffering as a result of Chavez' rabid antisemitism, we link here to a lengthy article in the Boston Review.

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