The repeated anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views of Hugo Chavez's leadership place Venezuela among the foremost threats to Jews and the State of Israel. The Chavez regime repeatedly demonizes the State of Israel and most recenly a report was leaked that the Venezuelan intelligence agency (SEBIN) is targeting and spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community as well as on Venezuelan companies and organizations with ties to Israel.
Each time there is a conflict in the Middle East, the government's bias gets in the way and uses age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes such as Zionist control of the government, media and finances, claims of Jews as "Christ killers," calls to boycott companies allegedly owned by Jews, and the use of Nazi imagery to describe the Jewish State.
For the Chavez regime, it wasn't enough to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Israel in 2009. President Chavez broadcasted on national TV that the Mossad wants to kill him, ranted that the "genocide State of Israel" finances the Venezuelan opposition, and cursed the State of Israel saying, "I want to condemn from the bottom of my soul, from the bottom of my guts: damn you State of Israel! Damn you Terrorists and Assassins!"
This report offers a selected compilation of statements by Hugo Chavez on Jews, Zionism and Israel in his own words.