"The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects and condemns the acts of vandalism against the synagogue - headquarters of the Israeli Association of Venezuela, located in Maripérez, Caracas - perpetrated by an unknown group," which occurred early this Saturday morning.
This statement was made by Foreign Affairs Minister, Nicolás Maduro, this Saturday, during a special act to receive the Venezuelan top officials of the Diplomatic Mission in Israel.
"With the usual clearness of the Bolivarian Revolution, always speaking the truth, we promise, (…) on behalf of the Government of President Hugo Chávez, to investigate [these events] and publish the results of such investigation, so we can imprison those responsible for this delinquent act," said Maduro.
Reiterating its respect for the Venezuelan Jewish community, Maduro emphatically denied that the Bolivarian Government promotes anti-Semitism.
"Under the Constitution passed in 1999 and by the behavior and conscience of our head of State, our government and all of our people, Venezuela guarantees absolute religious freedom and equality for all practitioners and believers of the many religions in this countries," said Mr. Maduro.
At daybreak on Saturday, a yet unidentified group of persons arrived at the synagogue, shot into the air, sounded sirens and shouted out insults against the Jewish community. This information was confirmed by the president of the Israeli Association of Venezuela, Elías Farache.
Ministry of People's Power for Communication and Information – International Media Department, Press Office of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela / January 31, 2009