Jewish Journal

Chabad center raided in Bolivia

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 23, 2009 | 6:15 pm

It’s not Venezuela or, thank God, India in November, but is there cause for concern in Bolivia? JTA reports:

Bolivian police raided a Chabad center in northeastern Bolivia and arrested a Jewish emissary.

Police showed up Wednesday at the center in Rurrenabaque in what the local Chabad director, Rabbi Aharon Freiman, called an act of intimidation and provocation.

The reason for the raid was not clear. Users of the Chabad center have been at odds with the proprietor of a local restaurant and neighbors, some of whom have complained of noise, but Freiman told JTA he could not rule out the possibility of nationalist motives.

“They want us to leave this place. Why? I don’t know,” Freiman said in a telephone interview from Bolivia. “It could be because of the conflict with the restaurant. It could be for nationalist reasons.”

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