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Israelite Association of Venezuela

Tiféret Israel Synagogue, the main synagogue of the Israelite Association of Venezuela

The Israelite Association of Venezuela, (Caracas and counts about 800 families among its members.[1]

Holocaust Memorial in Caracas

2009 attack

In late January 2009, the synagogue was badly damaged in a well-organized attack, following an article inciting anti-Semitic violence, which appeared (later removed, and replaced by an apology) on a government website, after the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict. [2][3][4] An armed gang consisting of 15 unidentified men broke into the synagogue, tied and gagged security guards and occupied the building for several hours.[5] Anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli graffiti was daubed on the walls [6] and the synagogue office and Holy Ark were ransacked. They also called for Jews to be expelled from the country. Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro condemned the act as a "criminal act of vandalism". The Information Minister Jesse Chacón also condemned the attack and denied it had any connection with the government.

See also


  1. ^ David Krusch. The Virtual Jewish History Tour Venezuela, Jewish Virtual Library
  2. ^ Venezuela's Jews fear more attacks, Yahoo News, 02-06-2008
  3. ^ Grupo armado causa destrozos en la Asociación Israelita de Venezuela, El Universal, 01-02-2009
  4. ^ Synagogue in Venezuela vandalized, Jerusalem Post, 01-02-2009
  5. ^ Synagogue desecrated in Venezuela, BBC, 01-02-2009
  6. ^ Confederación de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela, 01-02-2009

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