Official anti-semitism erupts in Venezuela February 25, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionist, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Hugo, Jew, Jewish, Jewish Cultural Centre, Jewish population, Jews, Racism, Racist, Religious Hatred, socialist, Venezuela anti-semitism, Venezuelan.
Armed police raided the Jewish elementary and high school at the Jewish Cultural Centre in Caracas on 29 November 2004 implementing a court order that alleged that materials of a criminal nature, such as electronic equipment, arms and explosive devices were concealed in the building.The swoop started at 6.30 am, when school buses and parents had already started to bringing children to the school, but, after rooting through the building for three hours, the police left having found zilch. The court order, it has since been revealed, had been issued three days earlier but the police waited until Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, arrived in Teheran for a state visit to Iran.
That was two years ago, but things have only got worse in the intervening period. Indeed, since election of the left-wing populist Chavez in 1998, Venezuela has witnessed a proliferation of virulently anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda, frequently entwined with nakedly anti-Jewish slogans.
The Jewish population in Venezuela numbers only around 25,000 out of a total population of close to twenty-seven million. So, why does the official media of a government that claims to be socialist, devote its energy to poisonous attacks on a very small Jewish community?