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Jerusalem Post – Grapevine, February 16, 2024

The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem is hosting a group of journalists from six Latin American countries for a series of meetings and visits, which is being covered by the Jerusalem Post.

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Hosting Latin American journalists

The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem is currently hosting a varied group of Latin American journalists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay. The idea is to familiarize them with facts on the ground and to give them a more in-depth knowledge of the situation that was thrust upon Israel on October 7 as a result of the heinous rampage by Hamas.

Their stay this week and next includes meetings with a wide array of Israelis, including Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan, the Prime Minister’s Office Coordinator for Hostages and Missing Persons Brigadier General (Ret) Gal Hirsch, MK Gideon Sa’ar who is a member of the Security Cabinet, Jewish and Arab MKs, Jewish and Druze army personnel, Ambassador Jonathan Peled, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director for Latin America and the Caribbean, senior police officers, relatives of hostages, wounded soldiers, survivors of the Supernova music festival, former hostages who were either released or rescued, researchers, and more.

The group of visiting journalists is led by B’nai B’rith Latin American Affairs Director Eduardo Kohn and educator Gabriel Ben-Tasgal.

Among the places they are visiting are Ofakim and Nir Oz, Hadassah Medical Center’s Gandel Rehabilitation Center, the Jerusalem headquarters of Magen David Adom, Gush Halav, Kiryat Shmone, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem.

According to Alan Schneider, the director of the BB World Center-Jerusalem, this is the fourth BB mission from Latin America, and the first since October 7.

Most Latin American countries have large and influential Palestinian and other anti-Israel communities.

For this reason, it is extremely important for journalists to be exposed to a different perspective that includes witnesses to and victims of the Hamas atrocities.