In light of the sharp rise in anti-Semitism around the world, Central American countries this evening (Thursday) held a virtual solidarity event called the “Central American Forum for Israel.”
The forum convened against the background of a sharp wave of antisemitic incidents against Jewish communities, buildings and institutions around the world. In Britain, there has recently been a 250 percent increase in antisemitic incidents, and many anti-Israel incidents around the world have taken place both physically and on social media in the shadow of Operation Wall Guard.
Therefore, leaders from across Central America came together to express support for Israel, and to eradicate the phenomenon of anti-Semitism and the discourse of hatred from everyday life in their countries.
Six Central American countries that took part in the “Central America Forum for Israel” – Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, signed a declaration of support for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, emphasizing their commitment to educating future generations about the Holocaust and fighting the Holocaust , Including recognizing the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism.
“We oppose anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind both politically and legally. We support the IHRA as countries and institutions around the world do, to simplify law enforcement and deal with antisemitic consequences correctly and fairly,” they said in a joint statement.
The event was led by the Center for Jewish Impact along with the Anti-Semitic Movement (CAM), the Israel-Guatemala Friendship League, the Guatemala Congress and the Jewish Community in Guatemala.
Participants in the international event include Guatemalan President Dr. Alejandro Giamatti, members of parliament from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras and El Salvador, US senators and congressmen, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Nachman Shai and Chairman of the Center for Jewish Impact Robert Singer.
Guatemala President Giamatti declared at the event: “Guatemala is committed, respectful and supportive of the fight against anti-Semitism. Israel’s enemies are our enemies, and Israel’s friends are our friends. We declare Hezbollah an enemy organization for Guatemala, declaring Hezbollah. “
He also spoke about the importance of religious freedom in Guatemala, and the close relationship between different communities, rooted in beliefs and common history, “Abraham is our Abraham, Jacob is our Jacob and history of the people of Israel from Genesis to the Exodus was a victory we, Christians, “.
Deputy Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid added: “We stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against global terrorism. One key step is to outlaw Hezbollah, and I am grateful to those who took the step and call on each country to follow suit. Today we are cooperating on renewable energy. “Infrastructure, agriculture, water and more and more. We want to deepen and strengthen these relations, increase trade, sign more economic agreements and cooperate in health.”
Robert Singer, chairman of the Center for Jewish Impact, said of the importance of the forum that “this is the first time so many Central American countries are coming together to support Israel at a critical moment in the lives of Jews across the country and the world. “We appreciate the long history, the care your governments have shown to the Jewish people during World War II, and the role of Guatemala’s Ambassador to the UN in 1947, who was the first to express his support for the State of Israel. It is an honor for us to share this important event.”
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