President Hugo Chávez is to hold a private hearing next
week with the Confederation of Hebrew Associations of Venezuela,
sources said following a meeting with Vice-President José
The Vice-President's Office said in a press release that the hearing is taking place at the presidential palace of Miraflores next week.
It added that during the meeting with Rangel, the confederation exchanged views in connection with a number of issues affecting both Venezuelans and Jews in this country.
"Both parties held this dialogue with their best intentions to avoid damaging the great relations between the national government took and the community they represent," the communiqué stated.
The meeting came following statements by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Buenos Aires condemning "anti-Semitic" expressions by Chávez.
US / EU Sanctions
HUMAN RIGHTS In a communiqué issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Office, the government rebutted and labeled as "interventionist" the resolution issued by the European Parliament (EP) on December 18 on Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS The US government has meted out sanctions to 33 Venezuelan current and former government officers in the past six years, most of them linked with drug trafficking and human rights abuses.
HUMAN RIGHTS The European Parliament "categorically" condemned in a resolution political "persecution" in Venezuela, as well as "repression" against opposition parties.