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Bolivarian government affirms absolute condemnation of attack against a Caracas synagogue

On Wednesday, Nicolás Maduro, Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, reiterated the government’s absolute repudiation of last week’s attack against a synagogue in the Caracas neighborhood of Maripérez.

On behalf of the Venezuelan government, the Foreign Minister affirmed the categorical rejection of vandalism against this Jewish community temple in Venezuela.  He also reiterated that one of the principles that guides the Bolivarian Revolution is respect for different religions and beliefs, regardless of what they are.

Minister Maduro made these remarks following a meeting with representatives of the Jewish community in Venezuela, which he characterized as fruitful.

“We affirm our willingness to keep the lines of communication open and we call upon the [Jewish community] to ignore the campaign that is attempting to politically manipulate this event that we condemn,” he noted.

Maduro emphasized that there is a national and international ruse that is attempting to instigate a false anti-Semitism in the country, which, he said, “is part of a great lie from old political hands that are still active.”

The Foreign Minister indicated that his words come on behalf of Hugo Chávez Frías, President of the Republic, and reiterated the Venezuelan government’s rejection of this vandalism.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 4, 2009

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