12/02/2009

European Jewish Students express concern for the security of Jews in Venezuela

European Jewish Students express concern for the security of Jews in Venezuela

by Maud SwinnenEuropean Jewish Press

GENEVA (EJP)---A delegation of European Jewish students raised their profound concern for the security of the Jewish community in Venezuela, during a meeting with this country’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. 

The meeting of a delegation of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) with ambassador German Mundarian Hernadez was part of the EUJS annual pan-European diplomatic seminar coinciding with the human rights universal periodic review.

The EUJS, an organization representing European Jewish youth at the European level and at the European Youth Forum, urged the Venezuelan ambassador to strongly condemn anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish communal and individual property while ensuring that the Venezuelan Government extends the same guarantee to its Jewish citizens as it would to any other.

In recent years, anti-Semitic sentiments have increased dramatically in Venezuela, according to various reports.  

On January 30, 15 heavily armed men broke into and desecrated the main Tiferet Israel synagogue in Caracas, destroying Torah scrolls and calling for the Jewish population to be expelled from the country.

11 suspects, including several members of the police corps, have been arrested in the aftermath of the synagogue attack.

“EUJS remains deeply concerned about the current political climate in Venezuela, as the horrific incident is seen as a climax of the hateful rhetoric by the Venezuelan Government, and in particular President Hugo Chavez,” the organization said in a statement.

Around 15,000 Jews live in Venezuela.

 

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