Could antisemitism in Chile make it the new Venezuela?
In a letter to President Michelle Bachelet, the Simon Wiesenthal Center highlighted growing hostility in Chile against the Jewish state and to Jews across Latin America.
A recent publication of a viciously anti-Semitic cartoon on the official Twitter account of the Palestinian Federation of Chile is reminiscent of the 1930’s Nazi German tabloid Der Sturmer and bears a strong resemblance to Chilean Nazi sympathizers of that period.
“It is especially outrageous that the official website of the Chile Palestinian Federation serves as a tribune for Nazi hate” the Center stated and urged the President to suspend the Federation’s activities, pending an investigation into its incitement towards violence against Jews.
The incitement provided merely a backdrop towards the next incident, in which the University of Chile Law School’s Student Union voted for a boycott resolution aimed to penalize individuals and institutions that have ties with Israel or its supporters.
The resolution was eventually discarded.
Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Center’s Director for International Relations and Dr. Ariel Gelblung, the Latin American Representative claimed, “Adding oil to the fire is the upcoming visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister to Chile, billed by the semi-official Persian news agency Fars [which is] aiming to foil the Iranophobic plots promoted by Israel in the region.”
The letter urged President Bachelet to, “Take appropriate action to restore Chile’s values of coexistence and integration and to protest hate speech marking a state visit from a country that funds terrorist organizations, and whose officials are implicated by INTERPOL in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994 that left 85 dead and over 300 wounded,” wrote Dr. Gelblung.
“Under President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela – in tandem with its Iranian ally [has] become the greatest mouthpiece for anti-Jewish hate in the Americas, spreading its poison through its ALBA bloc allies: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and Nicaragua…the very countries on the Tehran Foreign Minister’s itinerary. ALBA + Chile,” lamented Samuels, recalling the late Simon Wiesenthal’s maxim, “What starts with the Jews never ends with them.”
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by: Chirelle Chekroune