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The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), in partnership with Kehila, hosted a special event in Montevideo, Uruguay, last Monday, where Spanish journalist and former politician Pilar Rahola spoke about the history of antisemitism and the current situation in the Middle East.
More than 300 guests attended the gathering, which took place two days after International Holocaust Remebrance Day, and another 500 watched the live broadcast online.
In addition to Rahola, other speakers included CAM Director of Hispanic Outreach Shay Salamon and Kehila President Dr. Susana Grimberg.
Referring the ongoing global surge of antisemitism triggered by the October 7th Hamas attack in Israel, Rahola said, “This is a moment to raise one’s voice. It is not a moment to hide. We all need each other.”
“Quiero estar en el lugar de la gente que ama la civilización moderna, que ama los valores occidentales, que ama la libertad; donde sus hijos sean felices y no bombas humanas, que no aprendan a odiar, que aprendan a amar. Ese es mi mundo. Y ese mundo se está jugando allí en Gaza,… pic.twitter.com/pA2K68YmPu
— CAM en Español (@CAMenEspanol) February 1, 2024
The event concluded with a rendition of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, led by Rahola.
Watch a full recording of the event (in Spanish) here:
Earlier the same day, CAM was represented by Salamon — who was joined by Rahola — at the official International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Uruguayan Parliament. The commemoration was organized by Senator José Carlos Mahía.
🕊️ ¡Unidos en la Memoria! 🕊️
En un acto de profundo compromiso y solidaridad, el Director de Asuntos Hispanos de @CombatASemitism, Shay Salamon, se unió junto a la reconocida periodista y analista política @RaholaOficial en la Sesión de Adhesión al “Día Internacional de… pic.twitter.com/xdA5AVmObm
— CAM en Español (@CAMenEspanol) January 29, 2024
CAM’s outreach in Latin America began more than two years ago, and since then it has worked diligently to build meaningful partnerships and friendships with influential leaders, lawmakers, community organizations, and civil society activists from a diverse assortment of religious, political and cultural backgrounds in the region to combat the world’s oldest hatred together.
During this time, CAM en Español has emerged as an important voice in the battle against antisemitism in Latin America, with a growing coalition engaged in impactful activities in countries including Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and Guatemala, among others.