Panama anti-Semitic remarks blasted by Jewish group

Panama anti-Semitic remarks blasted by Jewish group

B’nai B’rith calls on Central American country's leaders to condemn hateful statements made by governor, newspaper

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A Jewish human rights organization condemned Friday the increasing use of anti-Semitic rhetoric in Panama, specifically regarding the Central American country’s governor’s insult of a Jewish journalist, and a leading newspaper’s publication of a piece which evoked Holocaust imagery as well as Jewish stereotypes.

B’nai B’rith International issued a statement on the worrisome trend and called on those who made anti-Semitic remarks to publicly acknowledge that they were unacceptable.

“Conjuring Holocaust imagery to attack the Jewish people is reprehensible and should not be tolerated by anyone,” read the statement by the organization.

“The governor, the writer and La Prensa should apologize for their statements and make it clear that such comments have no place in today’s world,” B’nai B’rith concluded.

On June 17, Panama governor Mayin Correa verbally attacked Jewish journalist Flor Mizrachi Angel, calling her a “little Jewboy from the Gestapo.”

Correa’s remarks were made after Mizrachi Angel published an article in which she accused the country’s government of attempting to undertake a series of measures that would ultimately serve to dismiss the possibility of any corruption charges being made against it in the future.

Later that month, La Prensa, the largest daily newspaper in Panama, published an article evoking Holocaust imagery and Jewish stereotypes.

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