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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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  • 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.”…

  • Venezuelan Jewish umbrella slams anti-Semitic magazine cover

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Venezuela’s umbrella Jewish organization slammed a weekly magazine with a recent cover blaming “rabbis” and “Israelites” for an illegal money exchange scheme at a governmental agency. The Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela, or CAIV, sent a letter to the editor of Las Verdades de Miguel, or The Truths of…

  • Peru’s president, whose Jewish father fled Nazis in ’33, conducts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    (JTA) — The president of Peru, whose father was a Jewish refugee, conducted Israel’s Philharmonic Orchestra during the playing of the Peruvian national anthem at a concert in Lima. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took his turn with the baton at an Aug. 15 performance at the National Grand Theater during celebrations of the 109th anniversary of…

  • Aly Raisman wins third medal at Rio Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman won her third medal of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday — a silver in the floor exercise. Raisman, 22, of Needham, Massachusetts, was beaten out for the gold by U.S. teammate Simone Biles, who claimed her fourth gold medal here. Biles finished with a score of…

  • Rio pays tribute to 11 Israeli victims of ’72 Munich Olympic massacre

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, Brazilian senior officials joined sports activists from Israel and elsewhere at a commemoration of the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. The Israeli and Brazilian Olympic committees and members of the local Jewish community attended the event Sunday evening…