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Anti-Semitism in Venezuela

Since 2006, the Anti-Defamation League has been following closely the anti-Semitic tone emanating from the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ADL’s research sheds light on the relations of the government with fundamental Islam, the anti-Israel rhetoric used by the government apparatus, and the scapegoating of Israel and Jews as a political tool.

Reports in English

Venezuelan Government Fuels Incendiary Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic Environment

Report from the CAIV: Anti-Semitism in Venezuela 2013

Classical Anti-Semitism: In the Venezuelan Presidential Elections (PDF)

Anti-Semitism in Venezuela in Wake of the Gaza Flotilla (PDF)

Chavez's Venezuela: The Jewish Community Under Threat (PDF)

The Chavez Regime: Fostering Anti-Semitism and Supporting Radical Islam (PDF)

CAIV Report, Anti-Semitism in Venezuela in 2012 

Reports in Spanish

Informe de la CAIV: Antisemitismo en Venezuela 2013

Informe de CAIV, Antisemitismo en Venezuela 2012 (PDF)

Antisemitismo Clasico: En las Elecciones Presidenciales de Venezuela (PDF)

Antisemitismo en Venezuela: Tras el Caso de la Flotilla de Gaza (PDF)

Anti-Semitic Statements Said by Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela

Hugo Chavez In His Own Words

Press Releases


ADL Deeply Troubled by Anti-Semitic Incident in Caracas


La ADL Muy Preocupada Por Informes Que Afirman Que El SEBIN Está Espiando A La Comunidad Judía en Venezuela

ADL Deeply Troubled by Reports That Venezuela’s Government Intelligence Agency Is Spying on the Jewish Community


Anti-Semitism A 'Convenient Tool And Ultimate Scapegoat' As Chavez Regime Attacks Presidential Rival in Venezuela


Anti-Semitism in Venezuela in Wake of the Gaza Flotilla

Anti-Semitism On Rise In Venezuela In Aftermath Of Gaza Flotilla Affair


Venezuela Should Repair Its Ties to Jewish Community

ADL Welcomes Venezuelan Government Statement Condemning Synagogue Attack

Overview, Chavez's Venezuela: The Jewish Community Under Threat

Statement's From NGOs and Political Parties, Chavez's Venezuela: The Jewish Community Under Threat

The Flashpoint: Chavez Reacts, Chavez's Venezuela: The Jewish Community Under Threat

Chavez Fosters Atmosphere Of Intimidation And Fear For Venezuelan Jewish Community


Chavez's Anti-Semitism

Venezuela and the Power of Writing


Raid Another Manifestation Of Anti-Jewish Sentiment In Venezuela

ADL Letter To The New York Times


Report: Anti-Semitism on Rise in Venezuela; Chavez Government "Fosters Hate" Toward Jews and Israel

Venezuelan President 'Needs Reality Check' After Comparing Israel's Actions In Lebanon To The Nazis


ADL Condemns Venezuelan School Raid

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A March 3, 2012 editorial in the government-aligned Kikiriki newspaper stated: "...the Zionist Jews seized the money of the world and its large corporations, banks and companies; its radio, TV and print media, and now they have an eye on Venezuela. Capriles Radonski, billionaire, is the son of a Jewish father and Jewish mother, thus one needs to study his international connections and look deep into its history. We will be screwed if Jews come to power and whomever doubts it ask the Palestinians and Arabs."

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