Protesters target synagogue in Venezuela

2012-11-23 11:03

Caracas — Leaders of the Jewish community in Venezuela said about 50 people protested Israel's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip outside the largest synagogue in Caracas.

The Venezuelan Confederation of Israelite Associations said in a statement that the demonstrators hurled fireworks inside the synagogue on Thursday, disrupting activities and causing panic.

The organisation said the unidentified people shouted anti-Semitic slogans condemning Jews for the violence in the Middle East.

The organisation called on the government to guarantee security at places of worship.

The protest came a day after Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire to end eight days of rocket attacks and airstrikes.

The Jewish confederation has previously expressed concern about anti-Semitic statements in Venezuela's state media and has asked President Hugo Chavez's government to ensure security at synagogues.

In 2009, a group of intruders broke into the same synagogue, shattering religious objects, spray-painting anti-Semitic slogans and stealing a computer database with names and addresses of Jews.

Authorities later arrested 11 people, including eight police officers, for alleged involvement. Chavez condemned that attack.

That incident occurred amid diplomatic tensions between the Israeli government and Venezuela. Chavez severed diplomatic ties with Israel in 2009 in protest over its military offensive on the Gaza Strip that year.

  • - 2012-11-23 11:57

    Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and Iran are all part of the axis of evil (for the West) and there should be no Jews living there because Jews have always been easy scapegoats. These countries and some groups like Hezbollah, Alquida, and Hamas are all part of one entity - and this entity despises Western nations, Freedoms such as Religion & Press, and any form of democracy. There is already a ceasefire in Israel/Palestine and these people are part of an orchestrated hate fest by the government.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-25 10:03

      The axis of evil are Israel, the US and its Nato sidekicks. Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba and Iran have not wronged the rest of the world! Study history and see who the real parasitical global tyrants are!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-26 06:43

      But then to Fidel, Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words on this website.

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-11-23 12:04

    Why is it that communist countries always make the Jews their first victims? It always amazes me that some Jews are actually communists after all that ideology has done to the Jews.

  • martin.prinsloo.37 - 2012-11-23 15:05

    Ah, makes me think. I should organise a protest to the largest mosque in SA for all the violence against non-Muslims in Muslim countries.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-11-23 17:04

      Excellent idea will join you.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-23 18:51

    So will the anti Israeli resentment grow for as long as the Israeli's continue with their bullying tactics to solve their problems..the world will slowly get increasingly tired and rise up against Jews would have thought they could show a little more understanding for how the world perceives them but they obviously are so drunk with the power they think they have and unflagging US support!So shortsighted so dumb!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-24 03:06

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-24 09:51

      Now dunkie56 , tell me , where were you when a little Austrian corporal needed you ?.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-24 11:19

      HE was not an Austrian corp[oral but rather a Jewish corporal!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-25 09:59

      @Dunkie They are psychopaths!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-26 06:44

      And Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Fidel's exact words on this website.

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