Saturday, February 07, 2009

Deja Vu

Most worrisome, according to Elias Farache, president of the Venezuelan-Israelite Association, was their theft of a computer database containing many names and addresses of Jews in Venezuela. [-] One week before the invasion, a Chavista columnist named Emilio Silva posted a call to action on Aporrea, a pro-government Web site, describing Jews as "squalid" — a term Chavez often uses to describe his opponents as weak — and exhorting Venezuelans to confront them as anti-government conspirators. "Publicly challenge every Jew that you find in the street, shopping center or park," he wrote, "shouting slogans in favor of Palestine and against that abortion: Israel." Silva called for protests at the synagogue, a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, seizures of Jewish-owned property, the closure of Jewish schools and a nationwide effort "to denounce publicly, with names and last names the members of powerful Jewish groups present in Venezuela."

Remember the The 8 Stages of Genocide?

3. DEHUMANIZATION: One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder.

5. POLARIZATION: Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda.

Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity.

All three conditions have already been met, when it comes to the Jews of Venezuela. And Chavez, don't forget, has been exchanging warm hugs with the great Holocaust denier and would be wiper of Israel, Ahmadinejad. The writing, so to speak, is on the wall.

I'd like to understand the meaning of the silence from the new leader of the free world and the UN's leaders of the fight against human rights abuses. Where are their voices?


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