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Gaza Conflict Plays Out in Latin America

El Nuevo Herald, Posted: Jan 17, 2009

BUENOS AIRES -- El Nuevo Herald columnist Andrs Oppenheimer writes that he is surprised by the way the Gaza conflict is playing out in Latin American media. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking the opporutnity to stir up anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment, which benefits both Venezuelan and Iran's political propaganda purposes. Oppenheimer writes that he is not surprised by what Chavez is doing, but that he is disappointed that Latin American journalists are failing to remind their audiences that Hamas is waging a religious war that officially calls for the annihilation of the state of Israel. "Not to recognize that -- and the fact that, unlike Israel, Hamas terrorists intentionally target civilians with rockets and suicide attacks and then use the civilian population as human shields -- is intellectually dishonest, and flirts with racism against an ethnic group that not too long ago suffered the biggest holocaust in memory," he concludes.

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