South America

  • Direct Israel-brazil Flights Set

    El Al will begin direct flights between Israel and Brazil next year. Three weekly flights will link Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo beginning in April. The Israeli airline alsowill offer connecting flights to various destinations in South America, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as other major cities in Brazil. According to… More ▸

  • Delegation in Argentina Honors Amia Victims

    An American Jewish Committee delegation in Argentina honored the victims of the AMIA terrorist attack. The delegation, led by President Richard Sideman, is meeting with Jewish leaders and government officials. Its members visited the AMIA Jewish central institution Monday to remember the 85 people killed in the 1994 terrorist attack on the building. No one… More ▸

  • Ex-argentine Officials Accused of Blocking Amia Probe

    Former Argentine officials accused of blocking the investigation into the AMIA bombing will testify before a federal judge. Ex-president Carlos Menem is among seven ex-officials who are being called on to testify in the coming days by Ariel Lijo. Others among the seven former officials on Lijo’s list are intelligence service office head Hugo Anzorregui… More ▸

  • Diplomat Who Survived Argentina’s ‘dirty War’ Speaks out Against Iran

    Iran must own up to its crimes the way Argentina did after the “dirty war” of the 1970s if it ever hopes to cleanse its collective soul. So says Hector Timerman, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, and a survivor of that war — one of the darkest chapters in modern Latin American history. Timerman,… More ▸

  • Some in Argentina Wonder Whether New Amia Leader Represents Everyone

    Will the first Orthodox leader of Argentina’s largest Jewish institution represent the entire community? Some Argentine Jews were pondering this question after Guillermo Borger, the new president of the 114-year-old Argentine Israeli Mutual Association, or AMIA, was quoted in a newspaper article referring to “genuine Jews.” At his inaugural speech on June 12, Borger, the… More ▸

  • Jews Leaving Bolivia As Morales Favors Socialism, Iran, Chavez

    More than any other single event in recent years, the future of Bolivian Jewry may be determined by the outcome of the country’s upcoming national referendum on a new constitution. The proposed constitution calling for increased state control of private-sector enterprise is being fiercely opposed by many middle- and upper-class Bolivians, including the country’s Jews…. More ▸

  • Venezuela and Iran Use Oil to Build Alliance Against West

    It’s nearly impossible to find flour, eggs or fresh milk in the neighborhood supermarket, but in Venezuela you can fill your car’s tank for just 6 cents a gallon even as world oil prices hit $100 a barrel. That’s not the only paradox in President Hugo Chavez’s country, the largest oil exporter in Latin America…. More ▸

  • Despite Chavez’s Reforms, Most Caracas Jews Do Well

    The question of whether Jews have a future in Venezuela seemed far from the minds of the 900 or so people at the wedding of Jessica Horowitz and Alberto Israel. On Saturday night, a day before a crucial referendum on Venezuela’s constitution, Jews at the Union Israelita de Caracas synagogue in suburban San Bernardino were… More ▸

  • As Fears Mount, Experts Debate Terrorist Inroads in Latin America

    ISLA DE SAN ANDRES, Colombia — This tiny, palm-fringed island off Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast seems like an idyllic Caribbean paradise. Duty-free shops, resort hotels and rustic snack bars line streets filled with European scuba divers on holiday. But a powerful Arab presence here has led to claims that a place famous for snorkeling and scuba… More ▸

  • As Chavez Goes Authoritarian, Venezuela Jews Fear for Future

    Venezuelans heading to the polls in a little less than three weeks will be voting on some rather drastic changes to the nation’s constitution. The amendments that are expected to pass will abolish presidential term limits, allowing President Hugo Chavez to be re-elected indefinitely, and give Chavez’s government total control over Venezuela’s Central Bank, many… More ▸