February 18, 2009
Is a Venezuelan diplomat promoting antisemitism?By Ed Lasky
It appears that a website fanning the flames of antisemitism is registered to a Venezuelan diplomat posted to the United States. Venezuela's beleaguered Jewish community is currently suffering grave persecution under Hugo Chavez, the left wing demagogue now likely to be president-for-life.
Martin Sanchez is the founder of Aporrea.Org and was one of the volunteers that ran the website. . He is also listed as the registrant for the website. The website is hosted in America. The website, supported by the government of Hugo Chavez, is also a promoter of antisemitism.
There is a Martin Sanchez who is now the Consular General of Venezuela in San Francisco. Before that posting, he served in the same capacity in Chicago.
Might this be the same Martin Sanchez who founded Aporrea.Org?
When Aporrea.Org was registered on the internet, the Martin Sanchez who was the registrant for the site was listed as living in Chicago. This time period also coincides with the time that the Consular General in Chicago was listed as being Martin Sanchez.
Could Consul General Sanchez -- an official of the government of Venezuela -- be the man behind a campaign of antisemitism? The government of Hugo Chavez has been widely alleged to have been stoking antisemitism not just in Venezuela but throughout the region. He has been using government-funded media, including websites, to do so.
There is no doubt that Apporea.Org actively promotes antisemitism. The website regularly features anti-Semitic invective and incitement. These are not just in the comments section but are actually in articles published by the site. In fact, promoting antisemitism seems to be one of the goals of the site.
This is part of a pattern of behavior of Hugo Chavez's. Antisemitism has become a very serious problem in Venezuela; it is often stoked by government-funded media outlets, such as Aporrea.Org may be.
A mere sampling of just some of the antisemitism published on the site, as reported by Andrews Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald:
This call to action was recently published on the website after a synagogue was desecrated and the names and addresses of its members stolen:
- from ¿Cómo apoyar a Palestina frente al estado artificial de israel? (Translation: How to help Palestine against the artificial state of Israel), January 20, 2009.
Another article criticized the Simon Wiesenthal Center for protesting the police raid of a Jewish children's school. Journalist Afif Tajeldine claimed in his article, A Zionist Challenge to Venezuela, that:
Journalist Kathy Saide writes of the developing problem in Venezuela (Kristallnacht in Caracas):
The Anti-Defamation League has a listing of other anti-Semitic outrages published on Aporrea.Org
The question arises: is the Martin Sanchez who founded the website and is still listed as its official registrant, the Consul General for Venezuela in San Francisco? If so, when he was granted accreditation to serve as a diplomat in America was there any knowledge of his involvement in promoting antisemitism?
Certainly we can understand why Hugo Chavez might reward and promote a man who has been active in anti-Semitic agitprop. My sources, who are active in anti-Chavez efforts, have indicated that they believe that the Martin Sanchez who served as the Consul General in Chicago and now serves in that capacity in San Francisco is the same man who is behind Aporea.Org. They also believe it was his Aporrea.Org work that holds him in good stead with Chavez.
Has anyone in the State Department, the ADL, the Jewish community of San Francisco, or the Congressional delegation from California (including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in whose district the diplomat is posted) inquired about the mysterious Martin Sanchez?
Alek Boyd, an advocate of the Venezuelan people, has just sent us documentary proof that indicates that Martin Sanchez, the Consular General of San Francisco, is the same Martin Sanchez who served in the as Consul General in Chicago. Here is a video of Sanchez (captioned identifies him as the CG in San Francisco) . Here is a video of Martin Sanchez-Consul General of Chicago. Clearly the same person.
Here is more proof that the same person seems to be the man responsible for Aporrea.Org:
Somebody awfully similar to Martin Sanchez appeared next to Chavez on a balcony in front of Chavez supporters. Is it the same man?
Ed Lasky is news editor of American Thinker.