CARACAS, Tuesday January 06, 2009 | Update
President Hugo Chávez rejected again Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people in Gaza. He asked the Jewish-Venezuelan community "to be honest" and reject the Israeli attacks, the same way they reject persecutions and the Holocaust.
"There is a Palestinian community in Venezuela that we appreciate and love. We also love the Jewish community, but we hope they express their outrage against this atrocity. Please, do it. Don't you strongly reject any acts of persecution and the Holocaust? What's happening in Gaza? Please, be honest and be fair," said the Venezuelan President.
Chávez added that the Venezuelan position regarding the Gaza Strip conflict is already known. He insisted that some sectors have remained quiet, which he term regrettable.
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.