Jewish community's hope for change in Caracas after election victory

By Bart Schut, December 11, 2015

Venezuela's dwindling Jewish community breathed a collective sigh of relief after Sunday's landslide opposition election victory.

Down to a mere 7,000 members from some 25,000 in the 1990s, the Jews of Caracas have come under increasing harassment from the country's authoritarian socialist government.


Caracas blames Zionism for antisemitism

By Isabel de Bertodano, April 18, 2014

Jews in Venezuela have said they are concerned by a fresh surge of antisemitism as the political crisis in the country continues.

Government officials have targeted the Jewish community among those they blame for unrest in the country, in which 39 people have been killed.


Capriles demands Venezuelan election recount

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

Henrique Capriles has asked for a recount after his defeat in the recent Venezuelan presidential elections.

The grandson of Jewish immigrants, Mr Capriles lost to his rival Nicolas Maduro by 1.6 per cent when the results were announced on Sunday.


‘Hitler’ slur on Capriles in lead-up to Venezuelan elections

By Jonathan Gilbert, April 4, 2013

Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate in Venezuela’s upcoming election, has hit out at his main rival for labelling his supporters “heirs of Hitler”.

Acting president Nicolas Maduro, the man most likely to win the election and succeed Hugo Chavez, said: “The heirs of Hitler are leading a campaign in Venezuela against the Cuban people.”


Don’t mourn Hugo the wicked

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 19, 2013

Two years ago I caused a certain amount of controversy with my reaction to the death of a Palestinian activist. I was told it was not the done thing for a Jew to express pleasure at the death of another human. Well, we have just celebrated Purim, on which we are expected to make merry at the deaths of hundreds of Jew-baiters in ancient Persia.


Visceral hate united Chavez with Iran

By Ely Karmon, March 15, 2013

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez developed a close political and strategic relationship with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad based on a deep anti-Americanism, which led to an “Axis of Unity” against the US.


Venezuela: Descendant of survivor to stand again

By Jonathan Gilbert, March 15, 2013

Henrique Capriles will stand as the opposition candidate in Venezuela’s snap presidential election following the death of Hugo Chavez, the firebrand socialist leader.

Mr Capriles, a state governor who has Jewish roots, announced he will face Mr Chavez’s handpicked heir, former vice-president Nicolas Maduro, on April 14.


Anti-Israel revolutionary Hugo Chavez dies at the age of 58

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2013

The death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez could open the door to a second leadership bid by the grandson of Holocaust survivors.

The firebrand president, who died on Tuesday at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer, defeated Henrique Capriles to win another election last year.


Venezuela 'spying' on Jewish community

By Ray Filar, February 5, 2013

The Venezuelan intelligence agency SEBIN is spying on the country's Jewish community, according to 50 leaked papers published last week.

Marked "Secreto", the documents hold information on local Jewish organisations, notable Venezuelan Jews and groups with links to Israel.


Chavez rival promises radical Iran rethink ahead of election

By Jonathan Gilbert, October 4, 2012

Iran has considered Venezuela one of its closest allies under radical President Hugo Chavez, but that could be about to change. Henrique Capriles, who will stand against Mr Chavez in presidential elections this Sunday, has said he will rethink relations with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if he wins.