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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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  • Non-Jewish woman suffers anti-Semitic attack in Uruguay

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A non-Jewish Uruguayan woman was physically attacked in Montevideo by a man who allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs at her. Mirta suffered injuries to her face and body after being assaulted Saturday in the Punta Carretas neighborhood, the local TV channel Subrayado reported, without giving the victim’s surname. Some clients of…

  • Man whose remains found in garbage bag given proper Jewish burial in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli Jewish man buried seven years ago in a non-Jewish cemetery in Brazil was given a proper Jewish burial after his exhumed body was found in a garbage bag. The discovery was made two weeks ago when his brother visited the grave in Sao Paulo, the Hebrew-language news website…

  • 20 Latin American universities sign cooperation agreements with Hebrew University

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Twenty rectors from leading universities across Latin America signed agreements with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during a first of its kind conference signaling growing academic cooperation. Hebrew university’s president, professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, welcomed the representatives from institutions in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador,…

  • Brazilian cardinal who faced down dictators over murdered Jew dies at 95

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, who challenged Brazil’s brutal dictatorship to honor a Jewish journalist killed in prison by the military, has died. Arns, one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent pro-democracy voices in Latin America, became famous for his fight against torture during 1964-1985. He died Wednesday at 95. On…

  • Brazilian court drops bribery charges against Jewish billionaire Joseph Safra

    Brazilian justice authorities said that the billionaire banker Joseph Safra knew but said nothing about corruption that resulted in a probe of some of Brazil’s richest and most powerful people.

  • Israel to modernize Honduran fighter jets and helicopters

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in Jerusalem to seal a broad partnership in the defense and security fields. Hernandez was accompanied last week by a delegation of senior ministers and security officials. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Honduran counterpart Samuel Reyes signed a declaration…

  • Palestinian Authority capital Ramallah to name street after Fidel Castro

    (JTA) — The municipality of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, will dedicate a street to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as a “gesture of gratitude.” “Castro bravely faced the world, the Palestinian people admire and love him,” said a statement from the Palestinian Authority, according to the Latin American Jewish news service…

  • Israel summons Ecuadorean diplomat over UN envoy’s remarks equating Zionism with Nazism

    (JTA) – Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned an Ecuadorean diplomat in Tel Aviv to protest a speech delivered by his country’s envoy to the United Nations that equated Zionism with Nazism. Modi Efraim, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general for Latin America, on Sunday summoned the Ecuadorean embassy’s third secretary, Enrique Ponce, to complain that the Nov. 29 speech…

  • Mexican billionaire: Israel challenges US leadership in high tech

    (JTA) — Israel poses a challenge to the United States in the leadership of the global high technology industry, according to Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecommunications magnate. “You are the leaders in technology, but there are other countries moving there – China, Israel – and everyone wants to improve,” Slim, 76, said in a TV interview with Bloomberg on Thursday….

  • Quoting Castro, Ecuador’s UN envoy compares Zionism with Nazism in General Assembly

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Ecuadorean representative to the United Nations equated Zionism with Nazism in his speech during the celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the U.N. General Assembly. “We repudiate with all our strength the persecution and genocide that in its time unleashed Nazism against the Hebrew people. But…