Venezuela: Anti-Semitism Keeps Escalating

June 1, 2011

Venezuela.jpgThe Jewish Community Confederation of Venezuela (CAIV) filed a complaint to the Venezuelan attorney general to denounce the promotion of the pamphlet The Protocols of the Elders of Zion by the main state-owned radio.

On April 4, the known radio host of National Venezuelan Radio (NVR), Cristina Gonzalez, in her program ‘La noticia final’ highly recommended that her listeners read the anti-Semitic pamphlet. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a fraudulent anti-Semitic text — one of the main proponents of which was Adolf Hitler — that was put into circulation in Russia around the turn of the 20th century by the czarist secret police, with the goal of spreading the idea of world-wide Jewish conspiracy.
During her broadcast, Gonzalez said she admires the Jewish community and the “non-Zionist” Israelis, before illustrating what she called “little pearls” from the Protocols to explain why Zionists have concentrated so much power and wealth. Gonzalez, convinced of the veracity of the Protocols, also suggested that the “Zionists,” because of their alleged control of finance and media, were to blame for recent events in the Middle East.
The CAIV released a statement which stated that the Venezuelan Jews “know that the promotion of this anti-Semitic leaflet only generates hatred and discrimination, therefore violating the constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” The Anti Defamation League (ADL) joined in solidarity the CAIV in denouncing the Venezuelan radio host. “President Hugo Chavez has not lived up to his word to denounce anti-Semitism in Venezuela,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL’s National Director. “It is shocking that the Venezuelan state-owned radio would promote the Protocols as if it were an accurate and factual description of Jews, when in fact it is the worst manifestation of conspiratorial anti-Semitism. It is irresponsible for any government to allow its airwaves to be used to promote a conspiratorial anti-Semitic tract used to vilify Jews through history. […] Unfortunately, Gonzalez’s broadcast proves that the twin hatreds of Zionism and Judaism continue to converge and co-mingle in Venezuela.”
In 2009, Chavez severed diplomatic relations with Israel, in protest of the military actions in the Gaza Strip. During the same month, a synagogue in Caracas was vandalized, and swastikas were sprayed on the walls. Later on, authorities arrested eleven people, including eight police officers. A few days later after the act of vandalism, speaking at the World Jewish Congress conference in Jerusalem, Abraham Levy Ben Shimol, president of the Jewish community in Venezuela, accused Chavez of promoting anti-Semitism and giving it legitimacy. As stated by Tel Aviv University’s annual report on anti-Semitism, in Venezuela, “Ant-Semitic allegations are an integral part of the extreme anti-Israel propaganda of governmental and pro-Chavez circles.”
A year later, in 2010, during an interview to the Atlantic magazine, Cuban Leader Fidel Castro said that the Iranian President should stop denying the Holocaust and that the Jews have lived a hard existence. “There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust,” he said. Several days later, Chavez wanted to show himself to be no less than his mentor. On September 8 2010, Chavez said that “We respect and love the Jewish people;” and announced that he wanted to meet with the leaders of the Venezuelan Jewish community, perhaps thinking that this move would improve his political image abroad.
In September 2010, therefore, Chavez met with CAIV’s representatives to discuss their concerns about anti-Semitism in the Venezuelan state media. “We reviewed the negative consequences that hateful expressions can lead to and how they can affect the security and integrity of the institutions and individuals that make up the community of Venezuelan Jews,” the CAIV stated after the meeting. Subsequently, the Jewish confederation said that “there was a noticeable decrease in anti-Semitic rhetoric.” The Chavez government then even decided to increase security at synagogues and Jewish community centers for the Jewish festivities.
However, anti-Semitism seems to be still a tangible phenomenon among government supporters and in the State-controlled media. The Simon Wiesenthal Center called for the Organization of American States (OAS) to intervene against renewed State anti-Semitism in Venezuela. In a letter to OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, Shimon Samuels (Director for International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center) and Sergio Widder (Director for Latin America) wrote that the promotion of the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion by the Venezuelan radio host is yet another example of Venezuela’s State driven anti-Semitism. “The worsening situation not only endangers Venezuela’s Jews, it violates the delicate fabric of human rights in the Americas,” Samuels and Widder concluded.
The promotion of the Protocols by a Venezuelan state-run media is not an isolated incident. In 2008, a radio host from the same radio station, NVR, said that: “Hitler’s partners were Jews…like the Rockefellers, who were Jews [Editors’ note: The Rockefellers are not Jews]. These were not the Jews murdered in the concentration camps. [Those killed] were working-class Jews, Communist Jews, poor Jews, because the rich Jews were the ones behind the plan to occupy Palestine.” In 2010, the pro-Chavez website Aporrea published an anti-Semitic article echoing the Protocols’ rhetoric: “The essence of Judaism is not to be found in the Pentateuch or in the Torah, but in the realities of capitalism. […] This means that Judaism will reach its end with the advanced realities of communism, in which there won’t be a State, social classes, antagonist contradictions. […] And, most importantly, money and usury, which are at the base of Judaism, will disappear.”
This anti-Semitic propaganda is the core of Chavez’s political thinking and propaganda. It comes as no surprise, then, that the intellectual circle surrounding the Venezuelan president is made by notorious anti-Semitic figures.
One of Chavez’s advisors and close confidantes was Argentinean sociologist, Norberto Ceresole, who passed away in 2003, and was known for being a Holocaust denier. Ceresole’s writings appear to have had a strong influence on Chavez. One of the books that gave the Argentinean sociologist an important standing among pro-Chavez supporters was “The Falsification of Reality,” which claimed that the Holocaust is a “myth,” and that the 1994 bombings in Buenos Aires against the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA were the products of Jewish infighting.
Thus the slander against the Jews continues to escalate – with the complicity of Venezuela’s government.


Hizballah in Venezuela: The Man Who Knows Too Much

April 18, 2011
Media_httpwwwelpaisco_iiediObama has destroyed the ability to influence it’s allies. note Columbia will not extradite a Syrian drug lord to the U.S…. even though he wants to go… because he has information on Hezbollah selling drugs with Chavistan help. not just low level. Chavez wants to torture and kill this Syrian so Walid Makled doesn’t rat him out.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s biggest problem was named Walid Makled. The Colombian government just confirmed, however, in an announcement from its Minister of the Interior and Justice, Hermán Vargas, that Venezuelan drug trafficker Walid Makled — wanted by both Washington and Caracas — will be extradited to Venezuela, not to Washington as the US had hoped.
This is a big victory of Venezuela over the US. Colombia, which had been the main ally of the US in Latin America, had good reason to feel abandoned by the Obama Administration and preferred to pursue its own interest with Venezuela. The Obama administration has still not ratified the free-trade agreements with Colombia; and President Obama avoided visiting Colombia on his recent, first Latin American tour.
Makled made it clear that he wanted to be extradited to the U.S., and has said he would give answers to most questions only to the U.S. prosecutor. Given the policy of rapprochement between the two Latin American countries, however, it seems that the Colombian government preferred to extradite Makled to Venezuela, where the wealth of information that Makled could have provided on drug trafficking, on Chavez’s links with terrorism and on Hezbollah’s operations in South America will be lost for good. The Venezuelan regime can now easily “silence” the drug kingpin, who fears for his life.
Makled, alias “El Arabe,” a Syrian-born Venezuelan citizen, labelled by the U.S. government one of the world’s top three drug kingpins, was arrested in Colombia last August in a joint operation of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Colombian police. Ever since, he has become the object of battle between the United States and Venezuela: both countries were asking for Makled’s extradition to their soil.
Makled, whom the US Drug Enforcement Agency has accused of shipping up to 10 tons of cocaine a month from Venezuela to the United States, acknowledged bribing and collaborating with highest officials of Venezuela’s government — including the general-in-chief, the head of military intelligence, the commander of the Navy and some 40 generals.
In the many interviews Makled has given from his prison in Colombia, he says he has videotapes and other evidence documenting his transactions with Venezuelan generals and senior government officials, provincial governors, members of Venezuelan Congress, cabinet secretaries. He describes making payments of about $1 million a month to Venezuelan high-ranking civilian and military officials. “If I am a drug trafficker, everyone in the Chavez government is drug trafficker,” Makled has said.
Further, Makled claims to have information on Chavez’s help to Hezbollah and other Middle Eastern terrorist groups operating in the Venezuelan soil. Makled stated in an interview that Hezbollah is “absolutely” active in Venezuela. He also has information on the flights between Venezuela and Teheran — a serious source of concern for the US.
As the Washington Post puts it: “The Obama administration is about to lose an extraordinary opportunity to prosecute one of the world’s biggest drug traffickers. It will fail to break up a network that annually smuggles hundreds of tons of cocaine to the United States. And it will miss delivering a devastating blow to the most dedicated U.S. adversary in Latin America, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.”

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Obama pisses off allies. Why would Columbia cooperate with him?

Chavez Defends Gaddafi, Tries to Save Assad

April 8, 2011

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez can be counted on always to stand on the side of radicals and dictatorships. After defending the Libyan regime, Chavez is now trying to save Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The Venezuelan leadership is openly supporting the Syrian regime, accusing Western countries of using a “new imperialist format” to topple his friend, Assad. According to Chavez, it is the West that foments revolts in the Arab world to loot Arab resources. “The attack on Syria has begun, there have been some supposedly peaceful protests and some deaths (…) and they are accusing the president [Assad] of killing his people (…) And then the Yankees come in to bomb the people in order to save them. What cynicism on the empire’s part,” the Venezuelan President said.

Chavez depicted Assad as a “socialist Arab leader, a humanist and a brother,” “with a great human sensibility,” and who is “in no way an extremist.” Chavez made also a comparison between what is happening in Syria and the situation in Libya: “It’s the same format … They generate violent conflicts, bloodshed in a country, and subsequently they under take military intervention, in order to take possession of its natural resources and convert it into a colony.”
In a recent press release by the Venezuelan press agency (AVN), Chavez said he is convinced that the US wants to generate a revolt in Venezuela similar to those that are taking place in Arab world. In that case, Chavez said, the Venezuelan regime will not keep “its arms crossed;” it will use — as Assad and Gaddafi are doing — military weapons, to repress any threat against the Venezuelan regime.
From the press:

  • Chavez: “Old, mad imperialism, your days are numbered!”
  • Chavez :The US is plotting to topple Assad to loot the resources of the Arab state
  • Chavez calls Assad a “humanist”
  • Venezuelan FM: Colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil

March 28, 2011
Chavez: “Old, mad imperialism, your days are numbered!”
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said […] that the colonialist invasion of NATO and the United States against Libya “will turn back against them. I’ve said this even before the madness of the bombing began.” Chavez stated that imperialism’s attitude is cynical, since [the Western countries] say that the bombing against the Libyan people does not mean intervention. “How cynical can they be? How much disrespect for the world! They believe they are the Almighty. The world will turn back against them. Note it down.” […]
According to Chavez, NATO maintains a plan to bomb Venezuela, but – the Venezuelan President says – imperialism won’t have nor time neither the circumstances to carry out a military attack against Venezuela. […] “Old, mad imperialism, your days are numbered!” said President Chavez, adding that when this century ends, Imperialism will disappear and the sovereign will of the people will prevail. AVN (Venezuela)
March 27, 2011
Chavez :The US is plotting to topple Assad to loot the resources of the Arab state
Syria has been hit with a fresh wave of anti-government protests during the past week that left scores of people dead. “The attack on Syria has begun; there have been some supposed peaceful protests and some deaths (…), and they are accusing the president [Assad] of killing his people,” AFP quoted Chavez as saying on Saturday at a political event. “And then the Yankees come in to bomb the people in order to save them. What cynicism on the empire’s part,” he noted. […]
Comparing the Syrian situation to the crisis in Libya, Chavez said, “It’s the same model.” A NATO-led coalition is enforcing a UN-approved no-fly zone over troubled Libya by striking forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. “Generate internal conflicts, bloodshed, in a country in order to then step in, seize its natural resources and make it a colony. It is a new model they have come up with,” Chavez said. The Venezuelan president also said that he had spoken with Assad by phone. […] Press TV (Iran)
March 27, 2011

Chavez calls Assad a “humanist”

[…] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the United States and other nations are seeking to intervene militarily in Syria using the same strategy as in Libya. “The supposedly peaceful movements have already begun, and then there will be some deaths and they’ll be accusing the Syrian president of killing his people. Later, the Yankees come and want to bomb the people in order to save them, imagine that,” said President Chavez.
“What shameless cynicism! It’s a new strategy they’ve invented, to generate violent armed conflicts and spill blood in a country in order to then bomb it and intervene and take ownership of its natural resources and convert it into a colony,” Chavez said. […] Chavez also defended Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, calling him a “humanist” and pointing out that he is “a doctor educated in London; he is no extremist.” […]

Venezuelan FM: Colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil

Meanwhile, Venezuela continues to denounce the international military operation in Libya, which has now been taken over by NATO commanders. “These colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil and riches of our brotherly people of Libya,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told a state-owned radio program.
Venezuela supports the African Union’s proposal for a plan for peaceful mediation, Maduro said. “The empire desperately bombs the Libyan people every night. They want to destroy Libya before arriving at a peace accord,” he said.
“All the world is seeing lessons we are learning about the way the former colonial power act desperately when presented with an opportunity. They speak of democracy and human rights, but until yesterday they flattered Gaddafi, they were really courting the oil,” Maduro said.
Before the military intervention in Libya began, Chavez proposed a multi-national commission to mediate the conflict between Gaddafi and the rebels and forge a peaceful solution. The Chavez administration has forged unprecedented diplomatic and economic ties with Middle East and African countries to form what Chavez calls a “multi-polar world,” not subject to domination by any superpower. Venezuelan Analysis

by Anna Mahjar-Barducci

Chavez Says Capitalism May Have Destroyed Life On Mars

March 28, 2011

United Nations astrophysicist
to act as Earth’s first contact for
any aliens that may come visiting.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez thinks capitalism may be responsible for the lack of life on the planet Mars.  “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet,” Chavez said in a speech on Tuesday. The socialist president has been a fierce opponent of capitalism, and during his World Water Day speech, Chavez blamed capitalism for destroying Earth’s water supplies as well.  “Here on planet Earth, where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts,” Chavez said. Guy Webster, a spokesman with the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, noted: “Water has been discovered on Mars.” But whether the planet ever supported life has yet to be confirmed. The Wall Street Journal contributed to this report.  Reuters via …seriously

Wikileaks cable: Insult to Chavez lands flight crew in hot water

December 11, 2010

A crew member had allegedly insulted President Hugo Chávez, explained Omar Nottaro.

A confidential U.S. Embassy cable about the Sept. 30, 2008, incident — just released by WikiLeaks — reveals how tough it can be to do business in socialist and authoritarian Venezuela. Among other problems there, it’s a crime to insult the president — an offense that went into the penal code in March, 2006.
The alleged “insult” happened just after the American jet landed. When announcing the local time, a crew member allegedly referred to it as “local Chavez time.” There was a legitimate reason to say this — for as the cable pointed out: “In December 2007 Venezuela created its own time zone, moving the clock back half an hour on a permanent basis. The crew member was likely trying to remind passengers of this and to suggest they turn their watches back 30 minutes.”
Unfortunately for the crew, one of the passengers aboard the jet was a friend of pro-Chavez national assemblyman Carlos Echezuria Rodriguez. Meeting Rodriguez in the airport lobby, Nestor Maldonado Lanza said the crew member had said “loco Chavez time.”
Outraged, the assemblyman demanded to listen to the on-board recordings of in-flight announcements, and he wanted statements from each crew member. Then he started making phone calls — the first being to Venezuelan Vice President Carrizales. As the Embassy cable explains:

The Vice President called civil aviation authority (INAC) President Martinez who went to the airport. The Directorate for Venezuelan Domestic Intelligence and Prevention, DISIP, opened an investigation. However, because ONIDEX (immigration) had not allowed the crew to go through customs, DISIP backed out of investigation and turned it over to ONIDEX which had jurisdiction as the crew had not officially entered Venezuela. The crew then waited inside the airport for the results of a meeting between airport, customs, INAC and American Airlines staff.

Ultimately, American’s quick-thinking country manager came to the rescue. As the cable explains: “Nottaro was able to diffuse the situation by promising to put the crew back on the empty airplane as soon as it was refueled and get the captain and crew out of the country immediately.
“Nottaro also apologized in person to INAC President Martinez and committed to writing several letters of apology on October 1. Venezuelan authorities accepted Nottaro’s offer and the crew left Venezuela at 11:30 pm. American made the decision to turn the plane around even though it meant canceling AA flight 902 out of Caracas the morning of October 1, at considerable cost to the airline.”
Earlier that month, a Delta crew also was involved in an “incident” at the Caracas airport, the cable noted. It didn’t elaborate except to say the American incident was “yet another example of how heightened sensitivities are in the bilateral relationship when a chance remark escalates within minutes to the level of the Venezuelan Vice Presidency.”
The cable, incidentally, never nailed down exactly what the flight crew member said. However, according to a report from Venezuelan immigration — obtained by an Embassy officer from an Interpol contact — the crew member said “the hour of the crazy Chavez and his women.”
Thomas Lifson adds: Interesting to note how thin-skinned are both Venezuela’s president and our own.