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PostSubject: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:37 pm

http://www.timesofisrael.com/venezuelas-anti-semitic-leader-admits-jewish-ancestry/


Nicolas Maduro defends Caracas’s policies toward Israel, says his grandparents were Sephardic Jews who converted to Catholicism
BY MICHAL SHMULOVICH May 13, 2013

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed accusations that his country’s ties with Iran are fostering anti-Semitism in Latin America, explaining that Caracas is critical of Israel’s policies, not the Jewish people.

In an interesting twist, Maduro, the political successor of the late president Hugo Chávez, told the press last week that he himself was descended from Sephardic Jewish ancestors. Maduro and his predecessor, Chávez, have widely been regarded as anti-Semitic, in part for their close relations to Iran, vocal criticism of Israel, and rough treatment of Venezuela’s Jewish population.

Maduro, from the United Socialist Party, is a former bus driver and union leader. He was a member of Chávez’s inner circle and previously held the posts of vice president and minister of foreign affairs. He assumed the day-to-day responsibilities of the presidency after Chávez’s death, and then won the top spot by a small margin in April, defeating Henrique Capriles, the governor of Miranda, who is the Catholic grandson of Holocaust survivors.

“My grandparents were Jewish, from a [Sephardic] Moorish background, and converted to Catholicism in Venezuela… The mother of [Minister of Communication and Information] Ernesto Villegas also comes from a similar background,” Maduro said last week, according to Aporrea, a Venezuelan news portal supportive of Chávez’s socialist platform and reform initiatives.

“I’m sorry to hear about the statements made by Claudio Epelman, director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, who I know and have received many times, saying that there’s anti-Semitism in Venezuela and implicating Chávez and me in it,” Maduro said.

“He can accuse me, but he should leave Chávez out of it,” he added.

According to Aporrea, Epelman said that “a strong presence and strengthening of relations of various Latin American countries with Iran are fostering anti-Semitism on the continent.” He made the comments last week during the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest, Hungary.

Maduro, however, said that having a problem with the state of Israel, and what he called attacks on the people of Syria and the Gaza Strip, did not entail criticism of the “noble Jewish people.”

He called Venezuelans “open-hearted people” who have always welcomed all types of religions and peoples.

“It’s one thing to have differences with the state of Israel… We reject the state of Israel’s attack on Damascus and the Syrian people, and its attacks on the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian people,” Maduro added, saying that Caracas would continue to fight against Israel’s “repressive policies.”

Yet, he said, “if there is a people that has a rich socialist tradition, it’s the Jewish people… We respect their history.”

He said the people who hated and killed Jews during the Holocaust were members of the far-right who built on the ideas of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, and not supporters of the ideals advocated by the Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin.

“Karl Marx was a Jew,” he noted.

Iran and oil-rich Venezuela have enjoyed close strategic and economic ties in recent years. In April, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the swearing-in ceremony for Maduro. Both nations espouse vehement anti-US rhetoric.



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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:47 pm

WOW!!! The pres of venezula is a jew

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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:11 pm

Dude is pretty slick, I like him.

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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:12 am

Maybe the 'big jews' don't really care that much about Israel, maybe they care about 'what is good for jews' (money, power, resources, control, etc). Maybe 'big jews' are 'thinking big'. Ultimately jews want the world, not just the mideast -- that's what zionism has always really been about.
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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:12 am

Despite the understandable sentiment to the contrary, there is a good chunk of decent regular populace now that can say they have some jewish blood in their makeup.  500 years from now, that chunk will be much bigger.  I actually believe I have a link to jews via a mysterious missing identity three generations back, Brooklyn, circa early 1900s.  It doesn't matter.  What matters is what you believe, and one's bloodlines doesn't necessarily determine that.

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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:27 pm

wag wrote:
Despite the understandable sentiment to the contrary, there is a good chunk of decent regular populace now that can say they have some jewish blood in their makeup.  500 years from now, that chunk will be much bigger.  I actually believe I have a link to jews via a mysterious missing identity three generations back, Brooklyn, circa early 1900s.  It doesn't matter.  What matters is what you believe, and one's bloodlines doesn't necessarily determine that.

Probably depends a lot on the percentage. And yeah, it's about what you believe, but I think history testifies that many a 'part-jew' who probably doesn't even acknowledge their jewishness, can be ticking time bombs. I'm no blood 'purist', but I think it's important to avoid jews at all costs. In the case of Maduro, maybe he's legit - but I wouldn't bank on it. One has to question why he has declared himself a jew.

Ever done the DNA testing thing?

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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:19 am

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One has to question why he has declared himself a jew.

He was probably responding to some accusation of being anti-semitic.

Developing: 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/12/obama-clash-with-venezuelas-nicolas-maduro-backfir/?page=all

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/13/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKBN0M905Y20150313

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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:07 am

wag wrote:
FrontierJustice wrote:
One has to question why he has declared himself a jew.

He was probably responding to some accusation of being anti-semitic.

Developing: 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/12/obama-clash-with-venezuelas-nicolas-maduro-backfir/?page=all

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/13/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKBN0M905Y20150313

Maybe Obama finds it easier to spar against Maduro than Putin?

But why should such a typical response to the charge of 'antisemitism' being "some of my best friends are jews" or "actually I have jewish ancestry" put someone in the clear? Just ends up making them less trustworthy in my book. How about just ignoring the charge.

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PostSubject: Re: Venezuela’s ‘anti­Semitic’ leader admits Jewish ancestry   Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:41 am

WOW --- Jews always run countries with vast oil deposits
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