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Chavez to Venezuela’s Jews: denounce Israel

It should surprise nobody that President Hugo Chavez has ordered the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Venezuela in response to the current conflict with Hamas.

Perhaps it’s Jewish paranoia, but what strikes me as much more ominous is this:

Chavez earlier condemned the Israelis carrying out the military campaign as “murderers” and urged Jews in Venezuela to take a stand against the Israeli government.

“Now I hope that the Venezuelan Jewish community speaks out against this barbarism. Do it. Don’t you strongly reject all acts of persecution?” Chavez said.

Wait a minute? Aren’t the apologists for Chavez usually the same people who always try to distinguish between Jews (sometimes good) and Zionists (always bad)? Why does Chavez automatically make a connection between Venezuela’s Jews and Israel?

“Do it”? And if they decide not to “do it,” Presidente, then what?

(Hat tip: Flanker)