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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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  • 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…

  • Israel thanks Guatemala for pivotal role in creation of the Jewish state

    (JTA) — The head of the Knesset thanked Guatemala for its critical role in helping establish the State of Israel as the Central American nation’s president wrapped up a four-day visit there. President Jimmy Morales ended his visit to Israel on Nov. 29, the day 69 years ago that the United Nations voted in favor…

  • In meeting with Jewish leaders, new Rio mayor says city should be ‘walled like Jerusalem’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The mayor-elect of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, declared that Brazil’s second largest city should surround itself with walls like Jerusalem. The major-elect, who is also an evangelical bishop, said the walls could prevent the entry of arms and drugs. “We are living during a deep moral crisis,” he said, referring…

  • Wife of Israeli ambassador excluded from annual get-together

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The wife of the Israeli ambassador to Chile was excluded from an annual gathering of the wives of diplomats serving in the South American country. Michal Hayet was the only wife not invited to the event Sunday, which this year was held at the Palestinian Club, a large sports facility and social club…

  • Brazilian activist named Israel’s honorary consul of the year

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel’s honorary consul here was recognized by the Jewish state for his diplomatic efforts. The Foreign Ministry named Osias Wurman the first ever “honorary consul of the year” Friday in a Miami. “This is the top of the line, the maximum point that I, as a Brazilian, can serve the State…

  • Mexico City mayor lays foundation stone for Jewish center

    (JTA) — Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera laid the foundation stone for the Jewish Documentation and Research Center of Mexico. Several Mexican Jewish and non-Jewish officials attended Sunday’s ceremony to launch the new headquarters of the center. The building, located next to the historic Rodfe Sedek synagogue, is expected to open in one year. “I was very attentive…