Letter to Jerusalem Post author re article mentioning Bolivia


By Melvyn Kohn
December 11, 2010
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Yesterday, (10/12/2010) the Jersusalem Post published an article by Caroline Glick about South America; it mentioned Bolivia and had some misinformation, so I wrote to her the following letter. Much as I'd like to take the liberty of posting her article here, it might be a copyright issue, so I will refrain from doing that, but I think a google search will bring it up.
BTW, see previous posts here about Bolivia - and the one I posted to www.hurryupharry.org on 20 May 2009, and I think you will be at entertained, if not enlightened...

Dear Ms. Glick,

I just read your article on Latin America and whilst most of it I agree with, I find the statements about Bolivia false. For the past two years I have been studying this country and have been privy to the assassination attempts - about which I wrote on David Toube's blog
www.hurryupharry.org
Further, I write a bit about Bolivia on the Jewish Chronicle website; the latest post was about how generous their policy towards refugees was in WWII - indeed, it was the only country in South America to allow any in. It helped to persuade the US to do the same.
Your source, who may be a remnant of the thousands of us Jewish refugees who went there, is wrong on his assessment of their warmth towards Ahmadinejad. I can tell you from first hand information that they shook his hands and all that, but it was not much more than a photo op. Iran's promises were empty, and their suggestion that Bolivian nurses wear hijabs a country that is both Catholic and feminist (it has the largest percentage of women in the government of any nation). They distanced themselves, if politely - and they are not all that keen on Hugo Chavez.
What makes for bad relations with our community are the lies told about their shipping uranium to Iran - they have not mined uranium since 1971; most mines are closed or in desrepair. Further, a former right wing politician named Jose Brechner writes such racist material against them that he sounds like a nazi; he is Jewish. As is your source, who repeats the lie about uranium. As is your source.
Personally, I would prefer to make as many allies for the state of Israel as possible, and Bolivia could be one of them. They befriended Jews in our time of most need, and their enemies, those in on the assassination attempt, are neo-nazis in the departamento of Santa Cruz.
So I would ask you to review your sources and not allow bad information to create an enemy of a very valuable historical ally.
Here in NY, many Jews are on the board of Amigos de Bolivia, and enjoy a good relationship with the consulate and Mission to the UN. I hope this puts it in perspective, and look forward to future relations being restored between Israel and Bolivia.

Sincerely,

Melvyn Kohn

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jose (not verified)

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 12:44

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Bolivia will be an enemy of Israel and a big friend of Iran while Morales will be in power there.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN14457228
http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2009/01/bolivia-to-take-israel-to-hagu...

That is for the friend of Israel! And then:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/bolivia-denies-israel-report-it-supplied-ira...

Note that Bolivia denies and Israel asserts. Now who do you trust? On the other hand, Bolivia has interest in lying while Israel has little interest in incrminating it. So?


jose (not verified)

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 18:39

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http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=193292

Another lie from AP, I guess?

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=193292

And this explains very clearly why Bolivia would want to send uranium to Iran: to make sure Iran help them build the nuclear plant they want, with uranium enriched in Iran.

Only the direct proof is lacking. Next Wikileaks publications, maybe!


jose (not verified)

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 18:45

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And here is Caroline Glick's article, much more informed than Melvyn's wishful thinkings:
http://www.carolineglick.com/e/standard/articles-1/


Melvyn Kohn

Sun, 12/12/2010 - 21:45

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Jose, thanks for all your interest in my posts, but you still have not answered some key questions I left for you in the comments to the previous post:
1. Are you Jose Brechner?
2. What, if any, connection do you have to Bolivia?

You say Bolivia will be an enemy of Israel; surely, if you and others do nothing but rant against this very peaceful and democratic country that did so much for refugees in WWII when no other South American country would...your words may be some kind of self-fulfulling prophecy - making them an enemy because you, in the name of Israel - attack them; who appointed you a spokesman for Israel? Are you officially connected to the Knesset or any branch of the Israeli government or NGO?

And why do you repeat the lie about uranium? Let me repeat - Bolivia does not mine uranium. The mine closed in 1971. Check your facts.

And while I am commenting, let me note the odd instance of Philip Goldberg, US Ambassador to Bolivia - who was hanging out far from the capital - in breach of diplomatic protocol - with neo-nazis...something rather unkosher there; the Bolivians rightfully expelled him. His actions have done little to endear Israel or the US to Bolivia, and this leaves a void that other nations can exploit.
Play by the rules and stick to the facts...

If you are out to make enemies for Israel - you are doing a good job.
As I said, my aim is to make shalom - and have Israel end up with allies; I stick to facts and follow protocol. There is too much disinformation and sloppy journalism in the press - as there was in the 1930 with the Hitler/Hearst media machine.

Who wants it again?

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