BUENOS AIRES (Aug. 25)
Dr. Luis Villalba, prominent Venezuelan lawyer, man of letters, and friend of Israel and the Jewish people, won the 1975 Human Rights Award of the Latin American Jewish Congress (an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress) at its recent meeting here. As president of the Venezuela-Israel Cultural Institute, Dr. Villalba has spoken out on numerous occasions on behalf of Soviet Jewry and has repeatedly defended Israel’s right to exist within secure, internationally recognized borders. In recent months he was one of the Venezuelan intellectuals who protested UNESCO’s anti-Israel stance.
Dr. Villalba has just returned from Jerusalem where he dedicated a park and a monument honoring Venezuela’s national here, Simon Bolivar. Author of a number of publications, and a former Senator in Venezuela’s Congress. Dr. Villalba also heads the prestigious Sociedad Bolivariana, a society devoted to the study of Simon Bolivar’s life and times.