The Chavez Regime: Fostering Anti-Semitism and Supporting Radical Islam
Responses of the Venezuelan Jewish Community
Posted: November 6, 2006
The Confederation of Israelite Associations of Venezuela (CAIV), the umbrella organization representing the Jewish community in Venezuela, has been active in documenting and denouncing the recent escalation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric from the Chavez government. The CAIV held solidarity rallies, issued statements rejecting the anti-Israel government declarations and stating their disapproval of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Venezuela. The group also offered a seminar for media professionals to educate them on the Middle East conflict.
January 31, 2006: After Chavez's controversial December 2005 speech, the CAIV arranged a meeting with the president in which they presented a dossier documenting anti-Semitic reports in the government media. The CAIV also requested that the president closely monitor the transmission of anti-Semitic remarks on state broadcast media.
September 17, 2006: The CAIV issued the following statement on the occasion of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Venezuela.
"With the occasion of the announced visit to our country of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Confederation of Israelite Associations of Venezuela (CAIV), in representation of the Venezuelan Jewish Community, manifests its uneasiness and indignation for the reiterated declarations of the Iranian leader in which he calls for the destruction of the State of Israel, calling to "wipe off the map" a democratic state legally set up and recognized by world nations.
"Equally, he has sustained an unacceptable and absurd negation of the Holocaust pretending to trivialize the most perverse tragedy in human history.
"Such positions promote the repetition of inhuman and barbaric actions as was the tragic genocide perpetrated but the Nazi machinery during World War II.
"We make ours the words of protest and disagreement of Secretary General of the U.N., Kofi Annan, directed towards the Iranian President on his continuous and repeated remarks that the Holocaust is a myth; and his daring remarks demonizing Jews, vilifying Israel, the Western World and desecrating the sacred memory of six million victims of Nazi barbarism and the 50 million human beings that were wiped off the world.
"The CAIV reiterates its support and solidarity with causes of liberty, justice, human dignity and the right of auto determination of all people. We wish for peace and the resolution of all conflicts by peaceful means."