The Government and its apologists have dared suggest that it was actually the opposition that organized the attack on the synagogue in order to make the Government look bad. This goes in line with the message the Government likes to convey that it is the opposition which is violent and uses force, but we all know otherwise.
But the case of the Venezuelan Government’s anti-Semitism can not be disguised in any form. It was Chávez and his Government that introduced hate against Israel and the Jewish population of Venezuela. While it took a while for Chávez to begin preaching his hate, what he learned from his mentor Ceresole began surfacing and have led to:
–Public statements by Hugo Chávez blaming Jews for killing Christ, Simón Bolivar and taking possession of the wealth in the world:
The world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendents of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendents of the same ones that kicked Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way over there in Santa Marta, in Colombia. A minority has taken possesion all of the wealth of the world, a minority has taken ownership of all of the gold of the planet, of the silver, of the minerals, the waters, the good lands, oil, of the wealth then and have concentrated the wealth in a few hands
-Two separate raids on Hebraica, a Jewish educational and cultural center in the East of Caracas. In one of them, it was led by the intelligence police, using rifles and terrorizing the 1,500 kids at the school.
-Twice the Venezuelan government has broken relations with Israel either by withdrawing its Ambassador or expelling Israel’s Ambassador to Venezuela, the last one over the recent Gaza incidents, the only country in the world to do so over Israel’s exaggerated attacks.
-The official TV station VTV continuously promotes hate against Israel, but including the Jewish people in its propaganda.
-Material in Pro-Chávez website aporrea.org is certainly offensive and discriminatory as noted by Daniel recently. While this particular article was pulled (because Daniel wrote about it?), this is the first such incident in which an Editorial comment is made and an article removed.
-Former Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel in his regular column under his “Marciano” byline wrote this week an article accusing Yon Goicochea, Antonio Ledezma and Henrique Capriles, The “Satanic Trio” of having the backing of Mossad and setting up an intelligence network to destabilize the Government with Mossad’s help.
-Government media, including VTV and radio Nacional de Venezuela began blaming the attack first on the opposition and have now shifted to blame Mossad.
Of course, throughout all this, the Government has failed to condemn the constant attacks on the Venezuelan Jewish population. This is part of the revolution by now, the promotion of hate against groups of citizens. By now, it has become institutionalized in the Government’s rhetoric. Once you start a campaign like that, it is extreemly difficult to go back on it.
Additionally, it is ludicrous to suggest that the opposition staged the attack and desecration of the Mariperez synagogue.
To begin with, that synagogue is located in the only municipality in Caracas controlled by a Chavista Mayor and not an opposition one and the Government controls the Metropolitan Police. It would be quite difficult, to say the least, to plan and carry out such an operation without the authorities noticing it. The raiders spent five hours at the synagogue, opened two safes and took some computers containing the database of all Jews in Venezuela. Is that scary or what?
But simply look at this picture of the signs left on a heavily trafficked avenue (even at 3 AM!), Avenida Principal de Mariperez by the attackers:
Not only is the whole gate covered with paint but note the X’s on the Star of David on both sides. (There were also swastikas in many places on the wall). Given that this is a main avenue, you have to be pretty confident the police will not go by while you are doing it. Additionally, on January 15th. there was a demonstration in front of the synagogue, the videos made with the cameras in the picture were turned over to the Government, the raiders made sure to take the videos of their raid with them.
But on top of that, the investigative police showed up at 6 AM looked around and failed to look for fingerprints and/or any other form of evidence. This is absolutely not standard procedure. It was only the day after newspapers reported this surprising behavior by the investigative police (FBI or MI6 type of police), that the police came back to get evidence.
But I think Jewish leaders have been somewhat naive with Hugo Chávez, always giving him the benefit of the doubt, despite the repeated statements and threats. In fact, as recent as August of last year, a group of Jewish leaders came to venezuela and seemed to buy Chavez’ goodwill after so many statements and incidents. They know better now…
But this will be just like the Anderson case, the Prosecutor that was assasinated and whose killer was never found. In the middle, opposition figures were jailed and exiled (to this day), but the “star” witness turned out to have been in a Colombian jail when he supposedly was present at meetings planning the assasination. All roads pointed to Anderson’ unusual life style, but that was never investigated. Nothing will happen in this case either.