Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card
by Stephen Lendman
So-called Venezuelan anti-Semitism is another anti-Chavez canard.
Throughout his tenure, Washington officials vilified Chavez unjustifiably. So did media scoundrels.
He was America top hemispheric enemy. Donald Rumsfeld once likened him to Hitler. Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Anti-semitism accusations surfaced often.
His December 2005 Christmas Eve address was held against him. He said nothing offensive. His comments were maliciously taken the wrong way. He said:
"The world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants 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 possession of all 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, and have concentrated the wealth in a few hands."
"Less than 10 percent of the population of the world owns more than half of the wealth of the world, more than the population of the planet is poor, and each day there are more poor people in the whole world."
Days later, the Simon Wisenthal Center played the anti-Semitism card. It demanded an apology. Media scoundrels piled on.
Weekly Standard contributor Aaron Mannes said "Hugo Chavez veers into anti-Semitism while explaining how to create a workers' paradise."
The Wall Street Journal 's Mary O'Grady called Chavez's address an "ugly anti-Semitic swipe." It followed "an insidious assault over the past several years on the country's Jewish community."- Advertisement -
She spuriously claimed "heavily armed Chavez commandos raided a Caracas Jewish school, terrifying children and parents."
It was "part of (his) political strategy of fomenting class hatred - an agenda that finds a vulnerable target in the country's Jewish minority." Saying so turned truth on its head.
The Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) responded to baseless Simon Wiesenthal accusations. Former president Fred Pressner said: