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As pro-Israel Christians and Jews in Latin America have made a large political and societal impact, JNS has compiled a list of such influencers.

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Israel maintains full diplomatic relations with all the countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean region (with the exception of Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela), and in recent years, pro-Israel Latin American influencers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, have further transformed the relationship. JNS has published a top 40 list. Our first installment is now followed by the second set of ten, as we recognize the achievements of these notable Zionists:

Andre Lajst (Brazil) @AndreLajst

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Andre Lajst is StandWithUs Brazil’s executive director, working to challenge misinformation about Israel and fight anti-Semitism as part of events for students, teachers, journalists and members of the community. Andre is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Andre made aliyah in 2006 and served in the Israeli Air Force as a researcher for two years.

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Viviane Aleyda Morales Hoyos (Colombia) @MoralesViviane

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Viviane Aleyda Morales Hoyos was the seventh Attorney General of Colombia and is the UNESCO Ambassador to France, where she presented a resolution to dismantle the anti-Semitic Aalst Carnival, an annual three-day festival in the Belgian city of Aalst, formerly recognized by UNESCO, in which people dress up as anti-Semitic figures.

Gloria Garcés (Guatemala) @GloriaMGarces

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Gloria Garcés is an evangelical community leader, marketer, activist and TV host whose work on behalf of Israel gained recognition as participating in influencing the president of Guatemala to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem in 2018. Garcés’s family in Guatemala, including her brother, had been working to this end for years and helped arrange the VIP meetings, inviting other Christian activists to join. She has worked with Fuente Latina, opening their U.S. office, and is currently advising The Philos Project, leading the #WeResolve movement to educate and mobilize thousands of Christians to stand against anti-Semitism.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Cuba) @RosLehtinenCamp

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: GPO)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a Cuban-born American politician and lobbyist who served for nearly three decades as a member of Congress representing diverse areas in South Florida, including many Latin American expats. By the end of her tenure in 2019, she was the most senior U.S. representative from Florida and was considered one of the Jewish state’s best friends in Congress, leading bills against the Palestinian Authority’s terrorist activity, as well as Syria and the Iranian nuclear program. Though raised Roman Catholic, Ros-Lehtinen is the granddaughter of Turkish Jews who immigrated to Cuba, later fleeing to the United States in the 1960s.

Viviane Aleyda Morales Hoyos (Colombia) @MoralesViviane

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Pastor Mario Bramnick, born in Cuba and now living in Florida, is the head of the Latino Coalition for Israel who meets regularly with presidents and high-level officials in Latin America to advocate for Israel. As the senior pastor of New Wine Ministries Church in Cooper, Fla., he established a Latino-Jewish roundtable with key Hispanic and Jewish leaders to discuss strengthening Latino-Jewish relations and pro-Israel activism. Pastor Bramnick has also hosted several summits in South Florida to combat the Israel delegitimization campaign.

Adela Cojab Moadeb (México)

Adela Cojab of New York University, the Maccabee Task Force’s “Student Activist of the Year”

Adela Cojab Moadeb is a Mexican-born former law student at New York University, where she has worked to fight anti-Semitism on campus. At the 2019 IAC National Summit, U.S. President Donald Trump called Adela to join him at the podium, inviting her to share her story of taking legal action against NYU just two weeks before her graduation. NYU, she said, failed to protect its Jewish community from ongoing harassment, including attacks on social media, anti-Israel resolutions on student government, boycotts against Israel, flag-burning and physical assaults. Her case was accepted by the U.S. Department of Education with an investigation launched against the university for its failure to adequately protect the Jewish community.

Renê Terra Nova (Brazil) @ReneTerraNova

Renê Terra Nova (left) | Photo: Twitter

Renê Terra Nova is the Brazil and South American Ambassador for the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ), an organization established to recognize the biblical significance of Jerusalem and stand with Israel. As the founder and senior apostle of Ministerio Internacional da Restaurción (MIR) in Manaus, Brazil, Terra Nova’s church grew from 100 people to more than 70,000 with his worldwide network representing 7 million members—the fourth-largest Pentecostal-Charismatic network in the world. His efforts have brought tens of thousands of Christian visitors to the Jewish state over the past decade, awakening a love for Israel and its people.

Marcos Peckel (Colombia) @marcospeckel

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Marcos Peckel is executive director of the Jewish Community of Colombia, member of the executive committee of the World Jewish Congress and commissioner to combat anti-Semitism in the Latin American Jewish Congress. He works as an international affairs columnist at two of the main daily newspapers in Colombia, El Espectador and El País, where he often writes about Israel. He is a professor of international relations at Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad del Rosario and the Diplomatic Academy of the ministry of foreign affairs. His pro-Israel activism reaches academia, radio and television, and society in general, as well as newspapers and social networks, where he publicly denounces BDS and anti-Semitic activity.

Alma Hernandez (Mexico) @almaforarizona

Alma Hernandez. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Alma Hernandez is a Mexican American politician serving as a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives. She was the first Mexican American Jew to win an elected position in American history. Hernandez serves on the democratic majority for Israel’s board of directors as an outspoken advocate for the U.S.-Israel relationship and Holocaust education in schools.

Edgar Palacio Mizrahi (Colombia) @epalaciosenado

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Edgar Palacio Mizrachi is a member of the Senate of Colombia and part of the IAF Israel Allies Caucus there. He has advocated for Israel’s legal right to the land, based on international law, and is an outspoken supporter of Israel and its guaranteeing of access to important biblical sites in Judea and Samaria for people of all faiths.

Eliana Rudee is Jerusalem-based journalist, originally from Seattle. Her bylines have been featured in USA Today, Forbes, The Washington Times, among many other news outlets worldwide. She volunteers for the Hitorerut party as their English Spokesperson and works in journalism and marketing for Breaking Israel News and Israel365.  

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