Honduras—it’s not Venezuela—but Jewish conspiracy theories are gaining steam there in the wake of President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster from office. The Anti-Defamation League is on the case; among the popular theories is that Israeli soldiers and mercenaries worked with the rebel government to exile Zelaya. From the JPost:
Zelaya, responding to a copy of the ADL report sent to him in the embassy by The Associated Press, said he “profoundly respects people who practice other religions.” He and noted he had been criticized by anti-Semites for including several Jews in his Cabinet.
“As a human being and president, I call on all Hondurans to abstain from making any anti-Semitic comments,” Zelaya said in a statement.
Among the remarks criticized by the ADL is a statement by David Romero, news director of Radio Globo, which supports Zelaya.
On Sept. 25, commenting on the rumors alleging Israeli involvement in the crisis, Romero referred on air to the “famous Holocaust” and added that “I believe it should have been fair and valid to let Hitler finish his historic vision.”
Romero apologized for the remarks Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press, saying that they were “stupid” statements made in the heat of the moment and that don’t reflect his real views.
He said his grandfather was a Jewish immigrant from Czechoslovakia who came to Honduras to escape persecution in Europe.
Yeah, I bet some of Romero’s best friends are Jewish.
Read the rest here.