Controversy has been sparked by a recent edition of Venezuelan weekly journal Las Verdades de Miguel, which features anti-Semitic imagery on the cover.
Invoking Nazi-esque caricatures, the cover of the magazine features a visibly religious Jew with a Star of David made up of U.S. dollars. The headline, “The Rabbis of CADIVI,” refers to the Venezuelan governmental body in charge of administering legal currency exchange in the country.
The anti-Semitic theme is continued on the back cover, which features a column by the journal’s publisher Miguel Salazar, referring to an alleged report on the illegal use of currency exchange by companies belonging to “citizens of Israelite origin.”
“For several years, we have seen anti-Semitic accusations and themes appear in Venezuelan public discourse,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement. “This shockingly graphic manifestation of anti-Semitic imagery on full display on Venezuelan newsstands is unacceptable and repulsive.
Noting the current economic crisis in Venezuela, Greenblatt said the cover “feeds into base, age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and unscrupulous behavior towards money,” and “dangerously points the finger at Jews for taking advantage of this crisis and deepening the economic instability for their benefit.”
“Such manifestations lead to the worsening of the Venezuelan Jewish community’s sense of isolation and insecurity,” Greenblatt said.