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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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  • President Cartes to Netanyahu: ‘Paraguay had its own Holocaust’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — President Horacio Cartes, the first Paraguayan head of state to visit Israel, told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his South American nation also faced a Holocaust. “Paraguay has had a Holocaust. We lost practically all our population in a war that was called the Triple Alliance with our neighbor,” Cartes said…

  • Brazilian Jews win lawsuit against journalist who called Israel a ‘Nazi state’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The umbrella Jewish organization in Sao Paulo, Brazil, won a nearly decade-long indemnity lawsuit started by a journalist who claimed he was gagged for calling Israel a “Nazi state.” The Sao Paulo Jewish federation announced the court victory on Monday in the 2007 suit by Gilson Gondim, a columnist for…

  • Brazilian university rector apologizes for post seeking ‘Zionism is racism’ teacher

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The rector of a Brazilian federal university apologized to the Jewish community over a want ad seeking a “racial-ethnic relations” educator required to teach Zionism as a racist concept alongside Nazism and apartheid. ABC Federal University rector Klaus Capelle delivered the apology to Brazilian Israelite Confederation President Fernando Lottenberg and Executive President Ricardo Berkiensztat at…

  • Mexico, Israel target tripling annual trade to $2.1 billion

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The commercial ties between Mexico and Israel will be expanded, aiming at tripling current trade figures, according to Israel’s ambassador in Mexico. In 2015, two-way trade between the nations amounted to $700 million, a 300 percent increase since the nations signed a trade agreement in 2000. “This is a very…

  • Brazilian Oscar-nominated film director Hector Babenco dies at 70

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — One of Brazil’s most influential filmmakers, Hector Babenco, has died in Sao Paulo at 70. Babenco, a 1985 Oscar nominee for “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” suffered a heart attack, an employee of his film company told The Associated Press. He died Wednesday. Born in Buenos Aires to a Polish…

  • Mexican soccer mogul apologizes for linking Jews and money in TV interview

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Mexican soccer mogul referred to a Jewish Fox Sports commentator using the canard associating Jews and finance. “You’re Jewish, you bring the very essence of commercialism and it’s a simple rule,” said Jose Luis Higuera, CEO of the Ominilife Chivas group, which owns the Chivas soccer team, the most…

  • Peru’s national cocktail debuts in Israel

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Peru’s flagship drink will be sold for the first time in Israel, according to the South American country’s foreign trade officials. The pisco, an unaged brandy distilled from grapes, will be available in bars and restaurants initially only in Tel Aviv. “The pisco will compete with drinks already positioned in this…

  • Brazilian university solicits educator willing to teach Zionism as racism

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Brazilian federal university released a public notice saying it wants to hire a teacher who must teach that Zionism is a racist concept. The ABC Federal University, in the Sao Paulo metro area, is seeking a teacher of “racial-ethnic relations” who must include in the curricula the subject “connections of whiteness…

  • Israeli company to build $640 million toll road in Colombia

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli company will have a pivotal role in a multinational plan to upgrade Colombia’s roads. Shikun & Binui will build the nearly 100-mile-long Cundinamarca 010 toll road near Bogota, the South American country’s capital, the Israeli news portal Israel21c reported. The project – including financing, construction costs, rehabilitation, operation…

  • Paraguayan president on Israel visit to explore expanding ties

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay will visit Israel to discuss several cooperation agreements between the two countries. Cartes will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during his mid-July visit to talk about bilateral interests in the areas of agriculture, technology and education, the Ultima Hora newspaper reported Monday. “The…