Prominent Jewish groups urged President Hugo Chavez to prevent what they called anti-Semitic attacks on the opposition’s presidential candidate by Venezuelan state media.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned a column that described the Jewish ancestry of opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski and labeled him a secret follower of Zionism, which it called “the most rotten sentiments represented by humanity.”
The New York-based Anti-Defamation League also voiced concern: “Blatant and persistent anti-Semitism is used by President Chavez and his government apparatus as a divisive political tool,” Abraham Foxman, the organization’s director, said in a statement.
“What we are seeing at the outset of Venezuela’s presidential elections is an attempt to cast the opposition candidate as a ‘traitorous Jew’ who is unworthy of the presidency,” Foxman said.
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