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(photo credit: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS)
Once one of the proudest and most vibrant communities in the Americas, until
1999, when Hugo Chavez, El Comandante, (as he was and is still termed by his
followers) became president, more than half of the country’s 20,000 Jews have
since emigrated, mostly to Florida, Mexico, Spain and Israel.But the
exodus from Chavez was not only Jewish. Hope, freedom and jobs all disappeared
as the economy was systematically destroyed – unemployment is now almost 10
percent and inflation is a resounding 25 percent (the average in Latin America
is less than 5 percent).