Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Condemns Attack against Synagogue in Venezuela

February 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) condemns both the attack against Tiferet Israel, a synagogue in Caracas Venezuela, and the actions of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez whose anti-Semitic attacks have created an atmosphere of anti-Jewish sentiment in his country. In following Iran's example, he has pursued anti-Semitism as an integral part of his campaign against the United States.

Chavez by his words and actions has fostered an environment of hostility toward Jews, Israel, and America. He has openly compared Israel's actions in the recent conflict in Gaza to those of Hitler during the Holocaust, and he has used these events as an excuse to expel the Israeli ambassador; he has openly questioned Israel's right to exist; he has developed a close relationship with Iran and its President, who has sworn to destroy Israel and America's global influence.

While Chavez has publicly condemned the attack, his own Interior and Justice Minister has accused the Jewish population of deliberately vandalizing the synagogue themselves. In Chavez' Christmas message and throughout the state-controlled media, the theme of anti-Semitism resounds throughout official Venezuela.

The leaders of South America and the world have been curiously silent about the attack on the synagogue and the atmosphere of anti-Semitism permeating Venezuela. The world must not be silent as it was in the days leading up to WWII. The voices of justice must speak out against Chavez and his regime. The time for silence is over; the time for action is upon us. America's world position must be maintained.


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