Monday, November 22, 2010

(NEWS) In Venezuela, Remarks Like 'Hitler Didn't Finish The Job' Are Routine

"More than half the Jews in Venezuela left the country since Chavez has been in power, and those who remain say there is official antisemitism in the country.

'I am not even horrified anymore when I see swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans such as 'Hitler didn't finish the job' on walls near my synagogue,' says a former Israeli who lives in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

'This is an influence that trickles down from the top – from the government – against the Jews. I know that Chavez is exerting efforts not to appear anti-Semitic to the outside world, and that he welcomed the leaders of the Jewish community, but I haven't heard of him ever punishing someone for anti-Semitic writings or remarks.'"

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