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  • Around the Jewish World Leading Up to Election, Peru’s Jews Worry About Controversial Candidate

    Peru’s Jewish community is closely watching the country’s presidential runoff election, especially a controversial candidate, Ollanta Humala. Jewish businessmen and intellectuals are especially concerned that Peru, under a nationalist like Humala, could turn into a hotbed of anti-American and anti-European attitudes similar to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and Evo Morales’ Bolivia, said Guillermo Bronstein, leading rabbi… More ▸

  • On Rise in Peru, Anti-semitic Attacks Threaten Stability of Jewish Community

    The Peruvian Jewish community is suffering from a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, according to Rabbi Guillermo Bronstein, chief rabbi of the largest and most influential of the capital city’s three main synagogues, Lima’s Asociacion Judia 1870. He also believes that divisions within the community are developing as a result of political and social events unfolding… More ▸

  • First Person in Peru, Descendants of Incas Are Trying to Convert to Judaism

    Chan Chan is the world’s largest mud city. Lying just outside the town of Trujillo, on Peru’s northern coast, Chan Chan’s high earthen walls feature pre-Columbian carvings paying tribute to the civilization’s many gods. Last July I ventured to Peru, not just to visit the ruins of great ancient cities founded by the Incas and… More ▸

  • Peru Wants Discrimination to Become a Punishable Crime

    Peru’s lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at reducing discrimination on the basis of religion, race or ethnicity. The legislation, which mandates stern punishment for those who commit “crimes against humanity,” will have a profound impact on the Jewish community, according to Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress. “Until now, if… More ▸

  • Peru’s Jews Relieved at Arrest of Shining Path Guerrilla Head

    The Jewish community of Peru is relieved at the arrest of Abimael Guzman Reynoso, leader of the notorious Shining Path terrorist group. “Jews were not singled out as such,” a Jewish spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “But they suffered from terrorism like everyone else.” Guzman, who remained at large for 12 years, was apprehended… More ▸

  • Jewish Institutions and Businesses Are Target of Recent Violence in Peru

    Several recent acts of terrorist violence in Peru have been directed at Jewish targets there, according to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and other sources who are in touch with the Peruvian Jewish community. The violence includes the bombing of a synagogue and Jewish businesses and the kidnapping of a prominent Jewish industrialist. Responsibility… More ▸