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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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  • Chilean neo-Nazis attack Jewish gay youth with razor

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A young Jewish and gay activist was attacked at a park in Santiago, Chile by three men who carried neo-Nazi symbols. Jorge Arce was walking Thursday at the Bustamante park wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the flag of Israel that his mother had given him recently. The attackers yelled “murderer”…

  • Israeli grandmother drowns while tubing on Guatemalan river

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A 60-year-old Israeli woman drowned at a popular tourist area in Guatemala in a river tubing accident with a women-only expedition. Hadas Ayash, from the northern town of Tivon, died Tuesday in the Cahabon River near Semuc Champey, a natural bridge and major tourist attraction in the Lanquín region, the…

  • Brazilian neo-Nazis with combat experience recruited to fight Ukrainian civil war

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilian police have unveiled a plot led by a Ukrainian armed movement to recruit Brazilian neo-Nazis with combat experience to fight pro-Russian rebels in the European country’s civil war. A series of raids took place last month in seven cities on the homes of neo-Nazis in order to prevent possible…

  • 4 skinheads arrested in Brazil for alleged plan to attack other neo-Nazis, Jews

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Four skinheads who reportedly were planning an attack on a group also carrying anti-Jewish neo-Nazi propaganda were arrested at a bustling Sao Paulo subway station. The skinheads, who were carrying knives and axes as well as the Nazi propaganda, were arrested Wednesday in Anhangabau.  They were about to perpetrate an attack on…

  • New Venezuelan vice president accused of anti-Semitism, ties to Iran and Hezbollah

    (JTA) — A former government minister in Venezuela who has been accused of anti-Semitism and ties to Iran and the terrorist group Hezbollah was tapped as the South American country’s vice president. The appointment of Tareck El Aissami by President Nicolas Maduro was announced last week, according to reports, including the Miami Herald. El Aissami, reportedly a…

  • Israel denies immigration of 9 Venezuelan Jewish converts

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A cohort of nine Venezuelan Jewish converts had their request to make aliyah denied by Israel’s Interior Ministry, which claimed their engagement in Jewish communal life has not been sufficient. The applicants, all indigenous Venezuelans who belong to three families, converted to Judaism in 2014 under the auspices of a…

  • Uruguay opens $20 million security center fueled by Israeli technology

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Uruguay opened a $20 million video surveillance monitoring center near the tourism capital of Punta del Este with major support from Israeli technology. Those on hand for the launch Tuesday in the city of Maldonado included the defense minister of Uruguay, the mayor of Maldonado, the Israeli ambassador to Uruguay,…

  • 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,…