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Ambassador Chaderton: Venezuela is not anti-Semitic

The Venezuelan people and the government of President Hugo Chávez Frías cannot be considered anti-Semitic, said Roy Chaderton Matos, Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), during an ordinary session of the OAS Permanent Council on Wednesday.

He made this statement following words of condemnation for the vandalism of a Caracas synagogue.  El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, the United States and Canada all condemned the incident.

“Venezuela, and the government even less so due to its own principles, cannot be considered an anti-Semitic country.  Therefore [the country] accepts these expressions of concern [in the OAS] and rejects any insinuation that this is the political climate” of the country, Ambassador Chaderton noted.

The Ambassador said that “anti-Semitism is an aberration of human behavior and the social psyche” as are “anti-Protestantism, anti-Buddhism, anti-Hinduism and anti-Islamism.”

He explained that the case “is being investigated by authorities” and emphasized that it was “very healthy” that the OAS has begun “to discuss thing that happen in our countries, even if they are not the responsibility of our governments.”

“All of Venezuela, the government—which is in charge of guaranteeing public order—and our President have all emphatically condemned this expression of anti-Semitic hate,” he announced.

Ambassador Chaderton explained that “long before the arrival of President Chávez, acts like these occurred and that is the reason why the synagogue in Maripérez [a Caracas neighborhood] is surrounded by a high fortified wall with sophisticated electronic instruments to prevent break-ins.”

He noted that events like these always happen “with elections in sight,” and are “brought to international attention by powerful influences interested in discrediting” the country.

“Those racists, particularly from the Catholic ultra-right, who are also anti-Semitic, today jump to the defense of the Jewish people, as though they respected and appreciated [Jewish people] when it is entirely the contrary.  It is a political maneuver with important international support,” the diplomat affirmed.

Chaderton also expressed admiration for the Jewish people “who have given so much good to the world,” as well as leftist leaders and intellectuals.  But he also called upon people not to fall for “extortion” and rejected the “violent and genocidal actions of the mediocre military elite that govern the state of Israel.”

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 5, 2009

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