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Bolivian President Evo Morales

B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

B’nai B’rith International is extremely concerned about the string of events that has recently unfolded in Bolivia.

Last week, attackers desecrated a Jewish cemetery with dynamite in the central Bolivian town of Cochabamba. This attack comes on the heels of Bolivian President Evo Morales calling Israel a “terrorist state” and endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. B’nai B’rith condemns the attack, as well as Morales’ senseless and inflammatory remarks.

B’nai B’rith calls on Morales to immediately cease his anti-Israel rhetoric. It has clearly incited anti-Semitism and endangered his country’s citizens, creating an atmosphere of violence against the Jewish community of Bolivia. Even more worrying, Morales’ hateful rhetoric mirrors Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whose derogatory and dangerous remarks against Israel have created the same environment for Jews in his country.

Morales must fulfill his obligation to protect all Bolivians.

B’nai B’rith expresses its solidarity with the Bolivian Jewish community. We will continue to call attention to and monitor the hate-filled environment that Morales is fostering.