Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Argentina, Israel, and the Dangerous Game of Colonization

The settlement of the first Jews in Argentina dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries when they had to move from some European countries and introduced themselves as non-Jews or converts to be accepted in the destination country. Their mass emigration, however, took place in late nineteenth century when the central Argentinian State accepted the entry of the Jews and some places was allocated to them in different cities in Brazil. As Oliver Buckley says:

When the group landed in Santa Fe in 1890, the weary settlers set up the colony of Moisés Ville. The intended name for the colony was in Hebrew,Kiryat Moshe (‘Town of Moses’) but the name was Hispanized in official documents.

The population of Jews went on boosting in the first decades of the twentieth century mainly from Turkey and South Africa till the beginning of the WWII. Argentina, under Peron, was the first Latin American country to Acknowledge the state of Israel in 1949.

The peak of the Jewish population in Argentina was registered in 1960 when more than 300,000 Jews lived in the country. This number diminished through the following years under military Regime and the economic depression of early 20th century. Moreover, as Jerusalem Post indicates 

12 years of leftist rule in the country dominated by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and her late husband, Néstor Kirchner made a large group of the Jews leave the country.

Currently, the population of the Jews is estimated less than 250,000. A new turn, however, took place when Mauricio Macri was elected as the president of Argentina. The new president is overtly Pro-Israel and has been trying to build a “strategic alliance” between the countries. The critics of Macri believe that open arms to Israel and letting the Jews re-boost their population and authority in the country make them so confident that may strike them with building their promised land in Argentina after colonizing Palestine. Jewish Journal reports:

Today, about 55 synagogues are in Buenos Aires, along with about 70 Jewish educational institutions and 20 kosher restaurants. Buenos Aires also is home to a replica of the Anne Frank house, the only one outside of Amsterdam, as well as the only kosher McDonald’s outside of Israel.

This Jewish infrastructure in the capital of Argentina can be indicative of some covert uniting plans for the future.



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