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  • In Venezuela, Jewish Journalist Tries to Hew an Independent Course

    He’s a prominent Venezuelan self-described leftist who calls United States foreign policy toward Cuba foolish and supports Bolivian President Evo Morales. The Bush administration revoked his visa to enter the United States. Asked why, he joked to JTA, “Perhaps I’m a danger to El Imperio.” Yet Teodoro Petkoff is no protege of Venezuelan President Hugo… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Argentine Jewish Groups Welcome Call for Iranian Arrests in Amia Case

    Argentine Jewish groups are reacting with enthusiasm, but also caution, to a prosecutor’s demand for the arrest of a former Iranian president and seven others in connection with the 1994 bombing of Argentina’s main Jewish center. Most victims’ relatives’ groups, the Jewish central institutions and local government officials, as well as political leaders, welcomed the… More ▸

  • Situation Tense for Journalist Who Criticized Argentine Mayor

    An Argentine Jewish journalist who criticized local elected officials was attacked and now lives under police protection. Carlos Furman, 33, who lives in Santa Elena, came under attack after making anti-government comments on a local radio station. Furman criticized the city’s mayor, Domingo Daniel Rossi. Rossi, former vice governor of the Entre Rios province, was… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸