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July 31, 2014

Anti-Israel Demonstrations and Anti-Semitic Imagery at Protests Continue Across Latin America

At a demonstration in Mexico City, Mexico, a sign of the Israeli flag with a swastika was seen as well as a large banner reading “We Are All Palestine” with a swastika on the Star of David.

In Concepción, Chile, Juan Hazbun Readi, leader of the Palestinian Community of Concepción said at an anti-Israel rally that:

“We are concerned with what is going on in the Middle East. I would like to say to all the Chilean people (…) that this Holocaust has been going on for more than 66 years, it should end someday. It is not possible for Israel to fight against a defenseless people, with no army. They are accusing the Palestinians of launching missiles, but this is a lie. Palestinians have never come to this. They blame the most powerful army in the world to attacking civilians, they killed more than 100 people in 2-3 days. The world needs to understand that the Palestinians were invaded by Israel 66 years ago, and not just being invaded but Israel brought people from all over the world to occupy their land, to destroy their places, to take charge of their destiny, destroy their schools and in the end to kill everyone. I don’t understand (…) the international community falls because International Zionism has a lobby, not just the media but money, all of the world trade goes through their channels and that’s why the world does nothing, plays ignorant, stupid…”

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July 23, 2014

Anti-Israel Protests in South America

Over the past ten days, there have been several anti-Israel demonstrations throughout Latin America protesting Israel’s military action in Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, some with messaging that crossed the line into anti-Semitism. At protests, signs comparing Israel to the Nazis were seen, participants spoke about Israel committing genocide and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians in Gaza, and calls were issued on governments to break relations with Israel.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Argentinian Committee of Solidarity with Palestine organized a protest outside the Israeli Embassy where dozens of social, political, human rights and student groups participated. Tilda Rabi, President of the Federation of Argentine-Palestinian Entities, requested that the Argentinian government break relations with the Israeli government, remove Israel from the Free Trade Agreement with MERCOSUR, and stated that Argentina cannot be an accomplice to Israel’s “war crimes”.

In La Paz, Bolivia, a demonstration took place on July 11, where Israeli flags were burned and protestors were overheard saying “Enough with the genocide, Zionist State of Israel, for your political interests. They killed thousands of innocent people…”

In Santiago, Chile, a “We Are Palestine” protest took place on Saturday, July 19th where a number of groups protested in front of the Israeli and United States embassies. Omar Salame, President of the Union of Palestinian Students in Chile, said “Palestinian people are a victim of genocide,” and Chafik Lasen, President of the group “Palestine For All” said “Palestinians, we are suffering from genocide by the terrorist state of Israel, the largest terrorist state in the world.” Signs reading “Sionismo (Zionism) = Nazism” were displayed at the demonstration. Members of the Chilean Jewish community report experiencing harassment.

In Araucania, Chile, Romina Tuma, the daughter of Senator Eugenio Tuma, led an anti-Israel protest where around 200 people participated. The protest used the slogan “End the Massacre Against the Palestinian People,” and Tuma said that Israelis “are genocidal.” Israeli flags with a swastika and signs saying “Zionism = Nazism” were visible at the protest. In addition, protestors put red paint on an Israeli flag and later burned it.

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July 19, 2013

Marking The Anniversary Of Hezbollah’s Bombing In Panama

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the deadly terrorist bombing of a commuter airliner flying from Colón to Panama City, which killed all 21 people onboard, including 12 Jews.alas-chiricanas-iran-hezbollah-panama

The anniversary comes one day after the more well-known terrorist attack on the AMIA-DAIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentine, in which 85 people were kill and hundreds more wounded.

Over the years, both attacks have been tied to the government of Iran and Hezbollah operatives. The bombing of Alas Chiricanas Flight 00901 over Panama is believed by both Panamanian and American authorities to have been carried out by a Hezbollah suicide bomber.

A May 2013 report by Argentine General Prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused the Iranian government of masterminding and sponsoring both the AMIA and Alas Chiricanas bombings, and the Lebanon-based Shiite terror group Hezbollah of carrying out the attacks.

Iranian officials who have been red-listed by Interpol for their suspected involvement in the AMIA case have avoided arrest. In May 2013, ADL reported on two candidates running in Iran’s presidential election, Mohsen Rezai and Ali Akbar Velayati, who have links to the AMIA attack.

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