Chavez's Venezuela: The Jewish Community Under Threat
Chavez In His Own Words
Posted: February 2, 2009
Selected quotations by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the aftermath of Israel's December 2008-January 2009 operation in Gaza:
"How sad is that Israel continues to behave like the assassin arm of the government of the United States… Israel is killing millions of innocents… The government of Israel is a government of assassins, government engaged in genocide.
"This is a terrible injustice against the people of Palestine… I have no doubt that Yasser Arafat was assassinated…it was a plan elaborated by the CIA… it was the first step to start the weakening [of the Palestinians]…when they killed Arafat, the strategists of the Yankee imperialism knew what was coming… they knew that the Palestinian people would elect, in free elections, the Hamas movement… Israel's plan is to sweep Gaza."
Remarks at the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, January 5, 2009
(Source: Noticias 24 - noticias24.com)
"There are sectors that justify the assassin government of Israel. The president of Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court together with the U.S. President, if there would be shame in this world… but they accuse us instead.
"From the bottom of my heart, for the love of life, how many innocent Palestinian children are suffering this instant? And what if it would be your child? Under bombs during the day and night? They are cowards, bombing innocent people. What great soldiers they are! What valor the Israel army has!
"I hope that the Jewish community in Venezuela pronounces itself against these barbaric acts. Do it! Don't you reject forcefully any act of persecution? Don't the Jews reject the Holocaust? And what are we living now? Do it! Put your hands in your heart. Be fair. We should all be fair!
"Among us lives a Palestinian community, that we adore, that we like, as do of all the people of this world. We also like the Jews."
Remarks at the Latin American Children's Cardiology Hospital in Caracas, January 6, 2009. Source: Venezolana de Television
"Unfortunately Israel has become the assassin arm of the U.S. The Israelis are not acting alone, they are an executing arm of a genocidal policy…We can do what we can by expelling the ambassador, as a sign of dignity, a message to the world that we can take action. Imagine if half the world would break relations with Israel, you would hear a different rooster crowing. But we are far from the world's liberation of North American imperialism and for this to end, the Empire has to end."
January 10, 2009 Source: Telesur – telesur.net
Chavez noted that no one from the Venezuelan opposition had expressed outrage over the situation in Gaza. According to Chavez, the lack of statements from the opposition means, "The owners of Israel, in other words, the Empire, are the owners of the opposition."
Chavez reiterated his call to send president of Israel to the International Criminal Court. He called on "Israelis to put their hand on their hearts and reject the Holocaust against the Palestinian people…Your grandparents were persecuted and the entire world rejects the persecution against the Jews and the Holocaust. Are you going to be quiet? [that would be] the negation of yourselves."
On his televised show, "Alo Presidente," January 11, 2009
"Some sectors of the oligarchy pretend to cast a shadow on the advances of the Revolution with acts of violence, fabricated in laboratories, that occupy all the headlines of all the newspapers of the oligarchy and which we condemn the actions in the synagogue in Caracas. We condemn violence from wherever it may come.
"Who benefits from those acts of violence? It doesn't benefit the Revolution…They are trying to disturb the prompt popular victory…Why do different media outlets of the oligarchy accuse the government? Why? To whom it benefits? It is them! It is them!...We will do everything possible, in the framework of the constitution and the law to demonstrate, Mr. Interior Minister Tarek Al Aissami, the real purpose of these acts.
"The oligarchy is the violent one; it is the one that kills, the one that uses youth without a soul in search of violent acts. The one who provoke violence and are looking for blood… You oligarchs are the spokespeople of violence; we are the spokespeople for peace, for hope, for good, for the sublime, for the great, for the beautiful."
Televised remarks on February 1, 2009.