A Jewish advocacy group in Venezuela is protesting a state-run radio broadcast referencing the â€œProtocols of the Elders of Zion.â€
The Venezuelan Confederation of Israelite Associations filed a formal complaint with the Public Ministry denouncing the broadcast in which journalist Cristina Gonzalez read the anti-Semitic text and suggested listeners should read it:
â€œVenezuelan Jews know that promoting this anti-Semitic document only sows hate and discrimination, violating the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuelaâ€¦I do not have an anti-Semitic stance, Iâ€™m not anti-anything, I read everything that falls my wayâ€¦”
Salomon Cohen, the confederation president requested a formal investigation into the matter and a meeting with government officials.
Last year, President Hugo Chavez met with Jewish community representatives to discuss what they described as an “incessant barrage of anti-Semitic commentaries” on state-run media. As a positive result, there was a detectable decrease in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Increasing diplomatic signals from the Chavez government explained that relations between the Jewish community and the revolutionary state of Venezuela were improving.
However, Venezuelan anti-Semitism seems to be brewing again among the most radical elements of government supporters as Chavez gets ready for a reelection campaign next year.