Thursday, Feb 5, 2009
President Hugo Chavez condemned Saturday’s attack on Caracas’ main synagogue, which he said was being used by “the bourgeoisie” to fan unrest ahead of a crucial referendum next week on his bid for unlimited reelection.
“They accuse me of being anti-semitic. I don’t hate Jews, and I call on all Venezuelan Jews not to let themselves be used,” Chavez said during a military parade in Maracay, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Caracas.
“The government rejects any attack against any temple of the Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, or any other faith,” Chavez said in regards to early Saturday’s attack on the Tifert Israel Synagogue by 15 people who destroyed scripture books and sprayed the building with anti-semitic graffiti.
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Chavez accused the “Venezuelan bourgeoisie” of turning the attack into an “international scandal” to promote anti-government unrest ahead of the February 15 referendum on a constitutional amendment lifting term limits for elected officials.
“Don’t let yourselves be used by the war laboratories of the bourgeoisie, who are trying to stop the ‘yes’ vote from winning,” Chavez told the Jewish community.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 5:16 am