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is JTA's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro. A freelance journalist and columnist, he contributes to Brazilian Jewish newspapers, magazines and news portals. He also produces news content for Web sites.

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  • Druze-Israeli minister publicly meets Arab officials in Ecuador on Trump peace initiative

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — In an unprecedented move, an Israeli Knesset minister met in public with officials from Gulf states and a Palestinian diplomat in Ecuador’s capital city Quito. Israeli Minister Ayoub Kara, who is a Druze Arab, attended last week’s swearing-in ceremony of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president along with delegates from…

  • 8 Panamanians receive Spanish citizenship under law of return for Sephardi Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Eight Panamanian Sephardic Jews received Spanish citizenship from Spain’s ambassador to Panama in a ceremony at the embassy in Panama City. In a ceremony Friday, the group swore allegiance to the Spanish Constitution and the king, the local news website Telemetro reported. Spain passed a law passed two years ago that…

  • Venezuelan president likens harassment of government officials to Nazis treatment of Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has likened the harassment of government officials and their families living abroad to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis. During a televised Cabinet meeting late Tuesday, the far-left South American leader also said that recent opposition rallies in Caracas were reminiscent of rallies during the…

  • ADL to train staff of Mexico’s US consulates on how to help attack victims

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League will train the staff of Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States on how to assist nationals who are victims of attacks and harassment. “Through our regional offices we are the first to be called in case of a hate crime,” ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said at a…

  • Sheldon Adelson pitches Brazilian president on $8 billion casino

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson met with Brazilian President Michel Temer and several government officials to pitch an $8 billion casino project in Rio de Janeiro. Adelson’s visit this week raised talk that a law allowing gambling in Latin America’s largest nation, where it has been outlawed for the past…

  • There are no settlements, Israel’s new envoy to Brazil says in interview

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel’s new ambassador to Brazil, whose nomination replaced that of a former settler leader rejected by Latin America’s largest country, declared that the Jewish state does not have settlements in the West Bank. Yossi Shelley, a Likud party activist and former businessman, assumed the ambassador position in January, putting an end to…

  • Pro-Israel mayor of Rio keynotes Independence Day celebration

    Israel “has shown to the world that it is a strong democracy surrounded by the most barbarian atrocities and totalitarian regimes,” said Marcelo Crivella, a longtime friend of the Jewish community.

  • Wife of Honduran presidential candidate apologizes for praising Hitler

    (JTA) — The wife of a prominent Honduran presidential candidate wrote a letter to Latin America’s umbrella Jewish organization to apologize for praising Hitler. Iroshka Elvir, 25, who was named Miss Honduras in 2015, said “Hitler was a great leader” during an interview with El Heraldo newspaper published on April 26. She is the wife of Salvador Nasralla, 64,…

  • Mexican diplomat to be honored for challenging UNESCO on anti-Israel vote

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Mexican diplomat who was fired from his ambassador position for walking out an anti-Israel vote by a United Nations agency will be honored by the American Sephardic Federation. Andres Roemer, who is Jewish, will be awarded the International Sephardic Leadership Award at a ceremony on May 21 at the Center for…

  • Brazilian Jews to teach about Holocaust at school that hung swastika flags in classroom

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Jewish federation in Brazil will provide educational support to a private school in the country that had a third-grade classroom decorated with Nazi flags during a lesson on totalitarian regimes. Students and history teachers from the Santa Emilia School in Recife will visit the Kahal Zur Israel temple, the…