By Peter Zushovsky
Source: The Jewish Voice
The one-time leader Venezuela’s intelligence services, Hugo Carvajal, is reported to have confirmed that there are strong ties between the administration of President Nicolás Maduro and the Hezbollah terrorist group, as well as wide-spread corruption and drug activity, the New York Times has reported.
The nefarious activities were directed by Maduro himself as well as Interior Minister Néstor Reverol and former vice-president Tareck El Aissami, the Jerusalem Post is reporting. Allegedly, those who were meant to combat drugs were engaged in trafficking them, Carvajal said.
“El Aissami was not only a drug kingpin, said Carvajal, but also had connections to Hezbollah, and attempted to arrange Hezbollah terrorists to work with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC] through Venezuela,” according to the Post. “In a meeting that took place in 2009 Hezbollah terrorists met El Aissami and Carvajal in Syria and gave the two Venezuelan state representatives three assault rifles as gifts. The meeting involved Venezuelan diplomat Ghazi Nasr al-Din, who was stationed in Syria at the time.”
As eventually happens in all socialist regimes, violence has become rampant. “Venezuelan soldiers on Friday opened fire on members of an indigenous Pemon community that was trying to stop a convoy from blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid in the crisis-torn country, killing one woman and wounding more than a dozen,” Bloomberg reports. “The tribe retaliated by taking soldiers prisoner in the clash in the remote Gran Sabana region near the Brazilian border.”
On May 29 last year, a board of independent experts designated by the Organization of American States published a 400-page report stating that Maduro was the alleged leader of crimes against humanity in Venezuela, supposedly using authoritarianism to maintain a hold on power in the country.
The Board concluded that Maduro was “responsible for dozens of murders, thousands of extra-judicial executions, more than 12,000 cases of arbitrary detentions, more than 290 cases of torture, attacks against the judiciary and a ‘state-sanctioned humanitarian crisis’ affecting hundreds of thousands of people”.
Under the presidencies of both Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, allegations of antisemitism grew following actions and statements by the Venezuelan government, while also occurring in public incidents. The Bolivarian government would also use the words of “Jewish” and “Zionist” interchangeably in order to avoid accusations of antisemitism. The Jewish population also declined rapidly under the Bolivarian government according to the Algemeiner Journal, with an estimated population of 22,000 in 1999, falling to under 7,000 in 2015.