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Minister Chac?n: We categorically reject violence against the Israeli Association headquarters

The Minister of People’s Power for Communication and Information, Jesse Chacón, repudiated violent acts perpetrated by a group of people on Friday at the Israeli Association headquarters in Caracas, and noted that in his opinion, events such as these do not help in the development of peaceful climate that is necessary in Venezuela.

“We reject all violence against any group in Venezuela; we reject these action regardless of where they arise,” the Minister stated.  He also repudiated reports from certain private media outlets, especially Globovision, that have claimed that those responsible have links to the government, despite the fact that an investigation into the incident has not concluded.

Minister Chacón made it clear that the executive branch rejects violent actions such as this one, regardless of the motive.

“If these acts were done by groups who think their actions can influence the situation in the Middle East—they cannot; and we also reject the acts if they come from those who believe their situation might improve given that polls no longer favor them,” stressed Chacón.

The Minister emphasized the difference between the state of Israel and its policies towards Palestinians and the Gaza Strip, which “we deeply reject,” and the relationship with the Jewish people who live in Venezuela, with “whom we have excellent communication.”

Authorities are already undertaking an investigation to determine who is responsible and will face the law for this act.

Prensa MinCI, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 31, 2009

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