Sign the Petition: Stand with Chile’s Jewish Community
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Please join AJC in standing with the Jews of Chile, who are feeling increasingly unsafe. Chile is home to the largest Palestinian diaspora population outside the Middle East, and some of its activists are advancing an aggressive anti-Israel agenda bordering on anti-Semitism. While Jews are being directly targeted, Chile’s entire democratic tradition is also coming under threat.
Sign AJC’s petition urging Chile’s president to take action.
His Excellency Sebastián Piñera
President of Chile
Palacio de la Moneda
Dear President Piñera,
I write to express my deep concern about the situation of the Jewish community of Chile, which has been the target of repeated attacks related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Under the banner of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the right of Chilean Jews to express support for Israel is being increasingly questioned and even denied. Even though Jewish life in the country continues to thrive, people now find it hazardous to articulate pro-Israel positions in the public square.
For many decades, the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East and a significantly smaller but active Jewish community lived side by side in harmony. But the open and proud identification of Chile’s Jewish citizens with Israel has met steadily increasing hostility in recent years – despite the alarm bells sounded by the local Jewish community and organizations such as AJC.
Intercommunal harmony is now under daily challenge, to the detriment of both communities and of Chile as a whole, as its social fabric comes under serious strain. Articles calling for Israel’s disappearance as a precondition to fulfill Palestinian national aspirations are common in mainstream media. On college campuses, Jewish student leaders are disqualified for student office because of their Zionist beliefs.
With a historical legacy that has placed respect for human rights and co-existence as a central value, Chile has long honored its diverse communities’ prerogatives to express their connections to ancestral homelands while remaining integral parts of society. Recent efforts to delegitimize and demonize Chilean supporters of Israel – attacks that can only be seen as anti-Semitic – are contrary to that national tradition, and cannot go unanswered.
That is why I urge you to send a clear and unequivocal message that in Chile there is no room for hate speech or calls to violence, whether in the Chilean Parliament, universities, or the media.