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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.

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  • 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,…

  • Brazilian cardinal who faced down dictators over murdered Jew dies at 95

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, who challenged Brazil’s brutal dictatorship to honor a Jewish journalist killed in prison by the military, has died. Arns, one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent pro-democracy voices in Latin America, became famous for his fight against torture during 1964-1985. He died Wednesday at 95. On…

  • Brazilian court drops bribery charges against Jewish billionaire Joseph Safra

    Brazilian justice authorities said that the billionaire banker Joseph Safra knew but said nothing about corruption that resulted in a probe of some of Brazil’s richest and most powerful people.

  • 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…