Saturday, January 10, 2009
Venezuela Unfriendly to the Jews
As Venezuela is sliding toward some kind of neo-Communism, trying to re-create a socialist international, it is increasingly hostile toward Jews. Hugo Chavez has expelled Israeli Ambassador Shlomo Cohen in protest against what he called Israel's "barbaric" military operation in Gaza. This is only the visible tip of an iceberg of unfriendly acts, such as the expropiation of a large mall built by a Jewish businessman outside the San Bernadino district in Caracas. In addition, twice in recent years Venezuelan military forces have raided the 1,400-pupil Jewish school in the Los Chorros neighborhood, ostensibly looking for arms. Now with the diplomatic mission forced to leave, Jewish educators and businessmen will stop travelling to Venezuela. The pic show the electric distribution pole in a Caracas barrio.