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Venezuela a Hotbed of Anti-Semitic Rantings by the Governing Elites

Hugo Chávez outdoes even Iran in fostering the most nauseating kind of anti-Semitism among the ruling elites while pushing comical conspiracy theories about the Jews.

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Stefan Frank

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September 27, 2010 - 12:00 am
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He has a quarrel with some guys, specifically with the “elite, made up of a group of Zionists who are determined to tyrannize mankind and whose ultimate goal is to create a ‘New World Order’ in which they will be the apex of the pyramid.” Claiming to “be the chosen people of God” and “using the myth of the Holocaust,” they think that they possess a “divine right to rule the earth,” according to Pisani. These “Zionists” are behind everything: the government, of course; the IMF; the World Bank; the Bilderberg Club; and even the United Nations (you may wonder why they don’t make better use of this potential).

However, the mean Jews gradually destroy the current system in order to erect a new one where they will have even bigger sticks. In order to prove his claims, the author asserts that they are based on the strictly scientific Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The only obstacles the Zionists face on their way to complete world domination are, by the way, some rebellious countries, well-known strongholds of freedom like Venezuela, Cuba, China, Iran, and North Korea. This clash of interests explains why the “Zionists” are at odds with these states. Sounds convincing, right? But how are the Jews going to reach their goal? Enter the super-virus. The diseases named above were artificially created (like AIDS which was spread in Africa through the polio vaccine, according to Pisani), but “everything indicates that these diseases are child’s play compared with the final virus” the Zionists will use to “depopulate the earth.” The author thinks that it is conceivable that the virus could be inoculated through “the products they monopolize” — like “packaged food or toothpaste.” So don’t drink the Kool-Aid and don’t brush your teeth.

Of course, there are loonies in every country. But in Chavez’ Venezuela the hatred against Jews is endorsed by the government. “For the first time in recent history we see what I would call government sponsored anti-Semitism in a Western country,” says Sammy Eppel, a Jewish activist in Venezuela. In his notorious Christmas speech in 2005, Chávez deplored that “the descendants of those who crucified Christ … have taken ownership of the riches of the world.” Last year he called Colombia the “Israel of Latin America.” Police raids in Jewish schools foster a climate of fear and stigmatize Jews as the enemy of the “Bolivarian Revolution” — especially those Jews who dare to oppose the government.

When Capriles Radonski, a popular politician of the opposition party “Primero Justicia” whose family are Holocaust survivors, ran for governor in the state of Miranda in November 2008, he became the target of vicious anti-Semitic attacks. Radonski was tagged as being a “member of the wealthy Jewish-Zionist bourgeoisie,” a “villain” and “genetically a fascist.”A redshirted Chavista mob led by the mayor of Miranda’s capital city Los Teques attacked Radonski’s house and painted swastikas on it. Anti-Semitic graffiti has become a common sight in Venezuela. But in spite of their frequently uttered hatred against Jews, Chavistas usually deny that there is any anti-Semitism in Venezuela. When a synagogue in Caracas was attacked and vandalized in January 2009, some journalists claimed that the Mossad was behind that attack.

This month, prior to the parliamentary elections and after Fidel Castro had condemned anti-Semitism, Hugo Chávez met with leaders of Venezuela’s Jewish community. Afterwards he said that he “respected and loved” the Jews. However, he refused to restore diplomatic ties with Israel which he had severed in January 2009, and he doesn’t plan to stop the anti-Semitic incitement.

If his power is endangered or if the economy continues its downturn (which is all but certain if the government maintains its current economic policies), Chávez may again step up his anti-Zionist rhetoric. The situation can escalate anytime. Under Chávez, violent crime has become endemic; the country has one of the highest homicide rates on the continent, and for a good reason: nobody trusts the police.

In conjunction with a highly polarized political climate — Chavez regularly blames the opposition for alleged coup attempts and even mobilizes for war with Colombia — and constant anti-Semitic incitement, this becomes a dangerous mix. Half of Venezuela’s Jewish population has already left the country during the last decade. Those who have stayed will remain under siege as long as Chávez is in office.

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Stefan Frank is a Hamburg-based journalist and author of Die Weltvernichtungsmaschine [The Doomsday Machine], a study of the development of financial markets and the origins of the current economic crisis.
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