Latin American Jews contend with spike in anti-Semitism
Derogatory political statements and attacks on synagogues have increased since Israel's January war in Gaza.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins/ Reuters
A Sunday afternoon, the perfect family day.
But the afternoon, in May, was interrupted when about 30 young men and women began wielding sticks amid the dancing and singing, leaving 10 wounded and the Jewish community shocked.
"If it happened once, it can happen again," says Jorge Elbaum, the executive director of the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations, which includes schools, synagogues, and social clubs. He has called off all public events until further notice.
From La Paz, Bolivia, to Panama City, political expressions have turned increasingly derogatory, with graffiti and banners equating the Israel conflict with Nazism. There have been bomb threats in synagogues throughout the region.
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