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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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  • Italian man arrested for anti-Semitic slurs against Jewish man at Brazilian airport

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Italian passenger was arrested after yelling anti-Semitic slurs and making the Nazi salute to a kippah-wearing Brazilian Jewish man at an airport in Rio de Janeiro. Fabrizio Trinchero was released after paying a $600 bail following his arrest Wednesday. He owns a food kiosk at a Rio beach, the…

  • Leftist party in Rio labels Shimon Peres an ‘ideologue of terrorism’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Rio City Council member has filed a criminal lawsuit against the PSOL political party for calling Shimon Peres an accessory to terror and genocide. The condemnation proposed by Teresa Bergher, who is Jewish, seeks the removal of a webpage and the imprisonment of those who signed the Oct. 9…

  • Mexico fires Jewish ambassador who protested UNESCO vote, but will now abstain

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Mexico has fired its ambassador to UNESCO, Andre Roemer, who is Jewish, for protesting against his country’s decision to vote for a resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem. “For not having informed diligently and with meticulousness of the context in which the voting process occurred, for reporting to representatives of…

  • Muslim who killed Uruguayan Jewish official to avoid jail due to insanity verdict

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The Muslim man who murdered a Jewish merchant in Uruguay seven months ago cannot be held responsible for his crime by reason of insanity, a court in the South American country ruled. The verdict reached over the weekend likely will send Carlos Peralta, a convert to Islam, to a psychiatric center…

  • Swimmer earns Israel its 3rd medal at Rio Paralympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Swimmer Inbal Pezaro earned Israel’s third medal at the Rio Paralympic Games, which end Sunday. Pezaro, 29, of Kibbutz Yizrael won a bronze medal on Wednesday, finishing third in the 200-meter freestyle. She reached the finals in all five of her individual events in Rio. The Kibbutz Yizrael athlete became paralyzed in…

  • Israeli shooter, in 6th Paralympics, wins 8th medal with bronze in Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Shooter Doron Shaziri, competing in his sixth Paralympics, won Israel’s second medal at the Rio games and his eighth overall. Shaziri picked up a bronze Monday in the men’s R7-50m Rifle 3 Positions, finishing third behind Laslo Suranji of Serbia and Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of the United Arab Emirates. One…

  • Rower Moran Samuel’s bronze is Israel’s first medal at Rio Paralympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israeli rower Moran Samuel won a bronze medal in the 1,000-meter final at the Rio Paralympics. The medal, awarded Sunday morning, is Israel’s first at the event, which is being held in Brazil’s second largest city through Sept. 18. Less than three weeks after South America’s first Olympic Games, Rio de…

  • Colombia arrives in Israel to learn how to clear land mines

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Colombian delegation arrived in Israel to receive training on how to clear land mines. Colombia sought the expertise of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s National Mine Action Authority on clearing its soil of the deadly devices, The Jerusalem Post reported. The delegation arrived Friday. The South American nation recently signed a historic…

  • Israeli man arrested trying to leave Brazil with $500K worth of cocaine

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — An Israeli man was arrested trying to cross the Brazilian border with Bolivia carrying cocaine valued at nearly half a million dollars stashed in the fake bottoms of two suitcases. Brazilian customs officials stopped the man, whose name was not released, as he approached the border riding in a taxi…

  • Honduras to get technology from Israel to fight organized crime

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras said his country has signed an agreement with Israel for “cutting-edge technology” to help his army fight organized crime. Hernandez said the agreement, which will be submitted to the legislature for its approval, will be used to battle “the highest levels of crime in the last 15 years.”…