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  • With Venezuela in a tailspin, growing number of Jews opting for ‘Plan B’

    March 4, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    They left after Venezuelan secret police raided a Jewish club in 2007, and after the local synagogue was ransacked by unidentified thugs two years later.

    They left after President Hugo Chavez expelled Israel’s ambassador to Caracas, and when he called on Venezuela’s Jews to...

  • This week in power: WoW scuffling, IRS scandal, Newseum, Shavuot message

    By Danny Groner

    May 16, 2013 | 3:46 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Kotel fight
    Last Friday, the Kotel was a spot for outrage and bickering as the Women of the Wall again arrived to pray on the date of the new month. Only this time they encountered...

  • Venezuelan president: My grandparents were Jewish

    May 14, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, denying that his government has an anti-Semitic bent, said his grandparents were of Sephardic Jewish descent.

    “My grandparents were Jewish, so many of the Maduros, same as the Moors [Muslims], converted to Catholicism in Venezuela,” Maduro...

  • Capriles, grandson of Holocaust survivors, calling for recount after losing Venezuelan presidency

    April 18, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, is calling for a recount after narrowly losing the country’s presidential election.

    Nicolas Maduro, the acting president and the preferred successor of late President Hugo Chavez, was declared...

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  • Leaving Venezuela

    March 28, 2013 | 5:40 am

    Sitting outside a Starbucks coffee shop in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., a small city north of Miami Beach, Paul Hariton recalled the dramatic night in 2002 when he and his wife decided to leave their native Venezuela.

    Leftist leader Hugo Chavez had just returned to power after a...

  • Venezuela Jews unveil new main Sephardic synagogue

    March 18, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The Jewish community of Caracas officially dedicated the Venezuelan city's new main Sephardic synagogue, Tiferet Israel Este.

    Hundreds gathered Sunday at the multimillion-dollar synagogue in the Las Palos Grandes neighborhood for the ceremony led by Isaac Cohen, the chief rabbi...

  • With Chavez gone, Venezuelan Jews look warily to future

    March 12, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    The eyes of a dead man stare at visitors passing through immigration at Simon Bolivar International Airport. They follow drivers making the trek along the tortuous four-lane highway through a mountain range leading to town. And they reappear at public spaces throughout this city.

    ...
  • Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer ‘poisoning’ accusation

    March 12, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into suspicions that the late President Hugo Chavez's cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said.

    The accusation has been derided by critics of the government, who view it as a typical Chavez-style...

  • After lavish Chavez funeral, Maduro sworn in as interim president of Venezuela

    March 11, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, was sworn in as the interim president of Venezuela amid opposition calls that the choice was unconstitutional.

    Maduro, the former foreign minister, took the oath of office on Friday night promising to uphold the...

  • Long the bane of Venezuelan Jews, Chavez is gone. Now what?

    March 6, 2013 | 9:34 am

    For more than a decade, Venezuelan Jews have been holding their breath, subject to the whims of a mercurial president who used his bully pulpit to intimidate, rail against Israel and embrace Iran.

    There was the police raid of a Caracas school in 2004, allegedly to search for...

  • Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dead from cancer

    March 5, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech on Tuesday.

    The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four...

  • Documents show Venezuela spying on Jewish community

    February 5, 2013 | 10:38 am

    The Venezuelan human rights group Espacio Anna Frank says its goal is to promote tolerance by teaching the life story of the teenage diarist murdered by the Nazis.

    But is there something sinister lurking behind the organization’s benevolent facade?

    SEBIN, the Venezuelan...

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wins re-election, defeating grandson of Holocaust survivors

    October 9, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez won re-election, defeating Henrique Capriles Radonsky, the grandson of Holocaust survivors

    Chavez took  54.42 percent of the votes to Radonsky's 45 percent in the Oct. 7 poll, his term will end in 2019.

    Chavez, a known friend of Iran, become a...

  • Chavez allies turn on Venezuelan opposition leader

    February 14, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    President Hugo Chavez’s allies are bombarding Venezuela’s newly anointed opposition leader with attacks ranging from the legitimacy of the primary vote to his sexuality and Jewish roots.

    Auguring a rough campaign ahead of the presidential election in October, the torrent of...

  • Son of Shoah survivors to challenge Chavez

    February 13, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, will challenge President Hugo Chavez in upcoming elections.

    Capriles, 39, governor of the Miranda state, won a primary Sunday with 61 percent of the vote to become the unity candidate...

  • Iranian, Venezuelan leaders rebuff U.S., joke about having nuclear bomb

    January 9, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez lavished each other with praise on Monday, mocked U.S. disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal.

    “Despite those arrogant people who do not wish us to be together, we will unite forever,” the...

  • Ahmadinejad to visit Latin American nations

    December 29, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he will tour four Latin American nations in January.

    Ahmadinejad will be visiting Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador during the second week of January, Iranian officials told state news agency IRNA on Wednesday.

    According to...

  • Rival to Chavez, demonized for his Jewish roots, is opposition’s new hope in Venezuela

    June 6, 2011 | 10:56 am

    As someone who has spent his entire political career opposing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Gov. Henrique Capriles Radonski is accustomed to rough handling.

    But even he was taken aback by the viciousness that erupted two years ago outside the yellow walls of the old colonial...

  • Venezuelan Jews protest broadcast of ‘Protocols’

    May 25, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Venezuela’s largest Jewish advocacy group has protested to the government a state-run radio broadcast that positively referenced the anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

    In a formal complaint filed this week with the Public Ministry, the Venezuelan Confederation of...

  • Grandson of Holocaust survivors to challenge Chavez

    May 5, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The governor of Venezuela’s Miranda state, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, announced he will challenge President Hugo Chavez next year.

    Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski said he wants to be “president of all Venezuela.” The state of Miranda includes part of Caracas....

  • Chavez tells Israelis: Disobey ‘genocidal’ government

    September 4, 2009 | 2:55 pm

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the Israeli people not to support their government, which he described as genocidal on Friday, the second day of his trip to Syria.

    Chavez is on an 11-day trip to Libya, Algeria, Syria, Iran, Belarus, Russia and Spain in what he is describing as a bid to build a multipolar world and decrease U.S. influence in the region.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Israeli Official Describes Venezuelan Embassy Ouster

    April 2, 2009 | 12:48 pm

    On Feb. 6, Shlomo Cohen, Israel’s ambassador in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital city, received an unwelcome and distressing phone call. The government of Venezuela was expelling all Israeli diplomats and staff — they had 72 hours to leave the country.

    In a country whose...

  • Venezuela Should Repair Its Ties to Jewish Community

    March 30, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    Venezuelan Jews historically have enjoyed positive relations with the Venezuelan government. It is precisely because of the embracing nature of Venezuelan society toward the Jewish people that the recent anti-Semitism cloaked in anti-Israel and anti-Zionist terms is so disturbing.

    ...
  • JEWISHJOURNAL.COM EXCLUSIVE: An Eyewitness Recounts the Day Venezuela Booted Israel’s Embassy

    March 26, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    On February 6th, 2009, Shlomo Cohen, Israeli Ambassador in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, received an unwelcome and distressing phone call.  The government of Venezuela was expelling all Israeli diplomats and staff – they had 72 hours to leave the country.

    In a country whose...

  • Venezuela Jews Rebuild After Synagogue Attack

    March 18, 2009 | 7:36 pm

    CARACAS (JTA)—The quiet on a residential street in this eastern Venezuelan city is shattered by construction crews as workers perched on a scaffolding place panels of marble on the external wall of a two-story synagogue.

    The construction occurs under the watchful eye of local...

  • Q&A with Argentine Ambassador Hector Timerman

    October 23, 2008 | 12:13 am

    At 53, Argentine Ambassador Hector Timerman is one of South America's top diplomats; recently promoted from consul to New York to the prized post of envoy to the United States, he bears one of the most famous last names in modern South American history. He's the son of the late...
  • British boycott moves reveal anti-Israel bias

    By Alan Dershowitz

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The utter hypocrisy of the British National Union of Journalists, which recently voted to boycott only Israel, has now become evident in the face of the silence over the recent move by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez to suppress dissent by the media in his leftist regime.

    General...
  • Venezuela’s Jews prosper but keep wary eye on future with Hugo Chavez

    By Hal Weitzman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The floor of the small synagogue in the center of Coro, the oldest Jewish house of prayer in Venezuela, is covered in a thick layer of sand intended to recall the Children of Israel's time in the Sinai Desert. It is also, however, a symbol of the transience of Jewish settlement in...
  • Fate of Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance rests with Israeli high court

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Fate of Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance Rests With Israeli High Court

    Israel's highest judicial and executive authorities both have weighed in on the protracted dispute surrounding construction of a $200 million Center of Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in the heart of...

  • Reading Venezuela’s Enigmatic President

    By Julie Drucker

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "There is no anti-Semitism in Venezuela, we don't know what that is," declared Bernardo Alvarez, the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, in his recent two-day trip to Los Angeles to discuss his country's Bolivarian Revolution and the changing political landscape of Latin...

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