On December 1, 2007, Venezuelan police raided a Jewish community center in Caracas.
The raid by drug and terrorism police occurred just hours before Venezuelans went to the polls to vote on constitutional changes proposed by President Hugo Chavez. The Jewish community is routinely the target of verbal intimidation in the Chavez government-sponsored media- ADL.org.
Today Hugo Chavez, the “brother” of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, opened a new media campaign against the Jews.
El Universal and LGF Quick Links reported:
The first vice-president of the Venezuelan Confederation of Israeli Associations (CAIV) David Bittán, denounced on Monday a campaign launched by the Venezuelan government to link the Jewish community with a coup attempt in April 2002.
“There is a campaign coming from the official sector that accuses and blames directly some members of our Jewish community as the leading characters of the April coup,” said Bittán during the opening of the seminar “Jewish in the Spanish-Speaking Americas,” hosted in Madrid by Casa América and Casa Sefarad.
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“Over the past few years, we have bumped into a stumbling block in the development of the Jewish community due to attacks coming directly from the state media or where the state is somewhat involved,” he said, Efe quoted.