Immediately following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel in which 1,400 men, women, and children were brutally slaughtered and another 200 were kidnapped, CAM en Español — the Combat Antisemitism Movement’s Latin America-based team — jumped into action to mobilize support for Israel and respond to manifestations of antisemitism across the region.
CAM Director of Hispanic Outreach Shay Salamon moderated a webinar on Oct. 10 featuring a discussion with IDF Spanish-Language Spokesperson Capt. Roni Kaplan and Hebrew Weekly Chai journalist Ana Jerozolimski.
Around 400 participants tuned in for the event, where they were briefed on the latest developments from Israel.
The same week, Salamon and CAM Coordinator of Hispanic Outreach Nurit Caplivschi met with former President of Uruguay Julio María Sanguinetti, who offered a powerful call to back Israel in its fight against terrorism.
CAM en Español was also involved in the planning of pro-Israel solidarity rallies in the Uruguayan cities of Montevideo and Punta del Este.
On Oct. 17, CAM en Español hosted another webinar, this time focused on survivors of the Hamas attack. The speakers included: Perla Lerner, a Colombian resident of Kibbutz Bror Hayil; Martha Sinay, a Mexican-Argentine resident of Ashkelon whose home was destroyed by a rocket; and Itzik Horn, a survivor of the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires who now lives in Israel and two of his children are missing after the Hamas attack.
The following day, Salamon met with Israeli Ambassador to Uruguay Michal Hershkovitz, CREU Evangelical Alliance President Pastor Alcides Morales, who represents more than 1,400 churches, and CREU Executive Director Pastor Louder Garabedian.
This past week, on Oct. 24, Salamon spoke in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia at the annual assembly of the Alianza Evangelical Latina (AEL), which represents 130 million Christians across 22 Latin American countries. Salamon called on his audience to assist Israel in its public diplomacy efforts, advocate for the release of the hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, and push for the widespread adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.
On Tuesday night, @CombatASemitism‘s Director of Hispanic Outreach Shay Salamon, spoke at the Annual Assembly in Brasilia of the Alianza Evangelical Latina (AEL), which represents 130 million christians in Latin America.
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— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) October 25, 2023
CAM’s outreach to the Spanish-speaking world began two years ago, and since then CAM en Español has worked diligently to build meaningful partnerships and friendships with influential Latin American leaders, lawmakers, community organizations, and civil society activists from a diverse array of religious, political and cultural backgrounds to combat the world’s oldest hatred together.
During this time, CAM en Español has emerged as an important voice in the fight against antisemitism in Latin America, with a growing coalition engaged in impactful activities in countries including Uruguay, Panama, Argentina, Colombia, and Guatemala, among others.