Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Jewish community in Venezuela shrinks by half
The economy, violence and anti-Semitism are cited as primary reasons for the decline over the last decade. Violent crime is a major issue plaguing Venezuela. According to recent reports the number of civilian deaths in Venezuela in 2009 was approximately 19,000, almost three times higher than that in Iraq. Also, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a strong ally of Iran, an avowed enemy of Israel. Chavez is a strong critic of Israeli policy and severed ties with Jerusalem in 2009. Anti-Israel sentiment is widespread and supported by the state.