Chaos in Venezuela
In the past, Venezuelan Jews moved to the United States or Panama but today those countries are too expensive for Venezuelans. Israel is really the only option for them.
The situation in Venezuela is most alarming. The IMF (International Monetary Fund) estimates that by December 2018, Venezuela’s inflation could reach one million percent.
Already now supermarkets have empty shelves. With the collapse of health services, people are dying due to lack of medicine. Fed up with their economic despair, masses of Venezuelans are fleeing. Over one million people have arrived in Columbia and many more Jewish families are in a process of making aliyah to Israel. Jews are leaving their homes, cars and other property behind, taking only necessary clothes and shoes. Crime rates are record high and residents fear to leave their homes at night. Jews report that there is no future for them in Venezuela. In Israel, they feel hopeful for the work and other opportunities their ancestral land offers them.
In 2009, former President Hugo Chaves expelled the Israeli Ambassador and the staff from Caracas. Anti-Semitism continues to be widespread also under the current leader, President Nicholas Maduro. Experts say that Venezuela’s vast potential oil wealth won’t sustain the country due to a poor management, lack of foreign investments and other major problems.
Now is the time to prepare for the next wave of the South America Jews! Please join us that we may be ready to help them as they come to our Jerusalem Distribution
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