South America

Solidarity rally for Orthodox Jew held in Bolivian jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Hundreds of members of New York's strictly Orthodox community gathered last week to highlight the inaction over the plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge.


Rally to support Orthodox man jailed in Bolivia

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge is to be highlighted with a rally in New York later today.


Argentina Israel embassy attack marked 20 years later

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

Argentina's Jewish community is this weekend marking 20 years since the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.


Israeli backpacker escapes jail over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

An Israeli backpacker has accepted a deal to pay £6,300 compensation to a Chilean environmental group after he was arrested for causing a devastating forest fire.

The money will be used to fund the purchase of 50,000 trees for the Chilean forestry agency to plant.


Chile forest fire arrest revives old anti-Jewish theories

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

Antisemitic conspiracy theories have appeared on Chilean websites following the arrest of an Israeli tourist in connection with a devastating forest fire.

Rotem Singer, 23, has been questioned by police for allegedly starting the blaze at the Torres del Paine national park by failing to extinguish burning toilet paper.


Israel offer aid as tourist questioned over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

The Israeli foreign ministry has offered condolences to Chile after part of a national park was damaged in a forest fire.

The damage to the Torres de Paine National Park, in southern Chile, has been severe and the park remained closed to visitors on Tuesday.


Argentina approves terrorism crackdown

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

Argentina’s senate has approved a set of tough new laws to target terrorism in the country, 17 years after 85 people died in an attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

The new laws, which have been criticised by human rights groups because they could enable the government to take on political opponents, were agreed on after three hours of debate.


Body of missing hiker found in Ecuador

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

The body of a German Jewish backpacker has been found in a river in Ecuador more than a week after he went missing while on a hike.

Friends and family of Jonathan Simon, from Munich, launched an internet campaign to help with the search. More than 4,300 people joined a Facebook group, while alerts were posted on travel forums such as Trip Advisor.


Nobel Peace Prize hopes for Daniel Barenboim

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim is set to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr Barenboim and Palestinian intellectual Edward Said created the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 12 years ago. The interfaith effort, which brought together Israeli, Palestinian and Arab musicians, won praise around the world.


Uruguay responds to Iranian ambassador's Holocaust claims

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

Uruguay's government has condemned Iran's ambassador to the South American country following statements in which he denied the facts of the Holocaust.

Hojatollah Soltani said last week that "it is said that during that war the Nazis killed two million, four million, six million...there are different figures on the Jews' news."