Kristallnacht in Caracas?

In November, 1938, the German government unleashed a reign of terror against the nation’s Jews. Thousands of businesses and synagogues were sacked and looted, and tens of thousands of Jews were placed in concentration camps, a vivid foreshadowing of what was to come just a few years later.

Now disturbing hints are coming of a possible anti-Jewish pogrom in Venezuela. The country’s coca paste-eating dictator, Hugo Chavez, is himself an anti-Semite and is heavily influenced by an Argentine Holocaust-denier named Norberto Ceresole. Chavez is allied with the fiercely anti-Semitic Iranian regime, which has regularly threatened Israel with nuclear devastation and sees itself as an agent of the Islamic End Times. Israel is currently at war with Iranian cats-paw Hamas, and Iran, which has a tendency to strike at Jews worldwide, might encourage Hugo to give in to his inner Jew-hater. Or perhaps the coca-addled thug might do it himself, thinking to please his new patrons in Tehran.

Regardless, it’s clear that Venezuela’s Jews live in a precarious situation, and one can only hope that, if it did come to pass, we wouldn’t stand on the sideline.

(hat tip: Kathy Shaidle via Twitter)


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