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  • Argentina Museum Drops Name of Nazi Collaborator from Its Title

    An Argentine museum has stripped its namesake from its title following the revelation of his Nazi past. The former Menghin Archaeological Museum is located in Chivilcoy, 100 miles northwest of Buenos Aires. It was opened in October 1973, shortly after Oswald Menghin’s death. Born in 1888 in Austria, the archaeologist Menghin was the head of… More ▸

  • Argentine Jews See Upsurge in Anti-israel Incidents Since War

    Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in Argentina since the Israeli-Hezbollah war began in mid-July, and the community is responding. On the Internet, Jewish intellectuals, professionals and businessmen are running two pro-Israel petitions. The community also has held demonstrations, partly to counter four anti-Israel protests held in front of the local Israeli Embassy by… More ▸

  • New Works Show How Volunteers in Argentina Saved Culture from Rubble

    Twelve years after the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires was bombed, a new book and documentary highlight a different side of the deadly terrorist attack. Both works highlight the efforts of some 800 young people who saved cultural pieces from the building after it was bombed on July 18, 1994, killing 85 people and… More ▸

  • And then There Were None: Embassy of El Salvador Also Moved to Tel Aviv

    El Salvador will move its embassy in Israel to Tel Aviv, a diplomatic setback that leaves Israel’s capital without any embassies. In a written statement late last Friday, El Salvador’s government said the move was aimed at helping the Middle East peace process. The statement went on to offer El Salvadoran "recognition of the right… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Costa Rica’s Jews Upset by Timing of Embassy Move

    Costa Rica’s Jewish community reacted with disappointment, resignation and a bit of anger to the government’s decision to move its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem. Costa Rican Jews had been prepared for the announcement, made last week by President Oscar Arias. However, they were upset by its timing, less than 72 hours after a… More ▸

  • Venezuela’s Chavez to Break Ties As Verbal War Escalates with Israel

    Last month, shortly after Iran’s president again declared that Israel should be wiped off the map and that the Holocaust was mostly Zionist propaganda, Venezuela’s president embraced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, calling him a “true friend and brother.” Last week, Hugo Chavez equated Israel’s aerial bombardment of Lebanon with Nazi war crimes and recalled his… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World As South America Turns Toward the Left, How Are Jewish Communities Affected?

    South American Jewish communities are surveying their surroundings anew after elections across the continent in recent years have been dominated by left-wing or center-left parties. Among the changes: In 2002, Luis Ignacio “Lula” DaSilva, a union leader from a poor background, was elected president of Brazil as a candidate of the Worker’s Party. Nestor Kirchner,… More ▸

  • Argentine Soccer Team Sports Key Jewish Members

    A Jewish player is trying to help kick Argentina’s national team to a triumph in soccer’s World Cup, with help from the team’s Jewish coach. Both the coach, Jose Pekerman, 56, and the player, Juan Pablo Sorin, 30, have their roots in the Buenos Aires-based club Argentinos Juniors, best known as the team where superstar… More ▸