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Antisemitism widespread in Argentina

No wonder this 1994 Jewish community center bombing was never properly investigated

Some 30% of the Argentine population would not want to live in a neighborhood with a high number of Jews, while 45% of the populace would not marry a person of Jewish origin, according to a survey released today.

The study, which was carried out by the University of Buenos Aires and sponsored by the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA) and the Anti-Defamation League, also found 54% of Argentines believing that Jews “are the first to turn their backs on people in need”.

Although 84% characterized Jews as hard workers, 39% did not approve of them having political decision-making posts.  Some 82% said that they are mostly interested in making money, and 65% agreed they wield too much power in global financial markets.

Half the populace (49%) consider Argentine Jews to be more loyal to Israel than Argentina, while the same percentage said they talk too much about what happened in the holocaust.

“Some of these results are truly alarming”, said DAIA director Aldo Donzis.  At the same time, he was not surprised.

“We’ve been experiencing and denouncing such antisemitism for a long time”, he said.  DAIA vice president Angel Schindel recently described Argentina as “probably the most virulently antisemitic country in Latin America”.

According to the study, 51% of Argentines agreed that Jews suffer discrimination in their country.  With approximately 300,000 of them, Argentina has the largest Jewish community in Latin America.

“Maintaining their own culture and traditions, in the view of those surveyed, puts them in the category of a group that isolates itself”, the report stated.

The study was based on 1,500 interviews with men and women between 18 and 65 in Buenos Aires and seven other cities in Argentina.