65 percent of Latin American Jewish leaders found to fear terrorism


(JTA) — Sixty-five percent of Latin American Jewish leaders fear their community could suffer a terrorist attack, a new survey found.

That figure is 90 percent among Jewish leaders in Argentina, where large numbers of Jews have been killed in two terrorist attacks: in 1992 on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and injured 242; and in 1994 on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 and injured more than 300.

In the opinion of 82 percent of the Jewish leaders surveyed, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the best way to prevent future terrorist attacks.

At the same time, 71 percent of the Jewish leaders agreed it is possible to live openly as a Jew in their countries, with 17 percent saying they agree “very much.” Another 11 percent agreed somewhat, and just 1 percent disagreed.

The Argentinean political consultancy firm Poliarquia Consultores conducted the survey for the Latin American Jewish Congres. The opinions of 322 Jewish leaders from 14 countries were surveyed using an online tool.

Some 40 percent of the Latin American Jewish leaders said Trump’s presidency will positively affect Israel. Of those, some 67 percent said Trump “will help positively with the security of Israel.” Another 40 percent said Trump will negatively affect Israel. Of those, some 60 percent said his administration “will hinder the possibility to reach a peace agreement.”

The findings of the survey were publicized Friday evening, well after being presented to the World Jewish Congress in New York in April.




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