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Top 40 Latin American Pro-Israel Advocates And Leaders, Part 3

TheJ.ca continues the series with a third set of profiles

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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 was followed by the second set of ten, and we now continue to recognize the achievements of these next ten notable Zionists:

Fidel Reyes Lee (Guatemala) @freyeslee_fidel

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Fidel Reyes Lee is a Guatemalan congressman who has vocalized his unconditional support for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. In 2017, he formed the Guatemala-Israel inter-parliamentary friendship group with Israeli Knesset member Hila Shay Vazan, garnering friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The friendship group is one of the largest in the Guatemalan Congress with 79 members.

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Daniela Roitstein (Argentina and Chile) @droitstein

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Daniela Roitstein is the co-founder and director of Editorial Furtiva. Fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and English, she shares pro-Israel content in each language on her Twitter account. Roitstein is a writer, editor and professor of Hebrew and Jewish studies, specializing in written communication and social media. She is the author of the novel Escote masulino and was awarded literary prizes in Argentina, where she was born, and in Australia.

Paloma Valencia (Colombia) @PalomaValenciaL

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Paloma Valencia is a member of the Senate of Colombia, as well as a lawyer, professor and co-chair of the Colombian Senate Friends of Israel Allies Caucus, which aims to highlight the multi-partisan support for Israel in Colombia.

Janet Rudman (Uruguay) @janetrudman

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Janet Rudman is a journalist who has worked with several Uruguayan publishing projects that build Jewish identity, including Kesher and TuMeser. She is a staff member of Semanario Hebrew Jai, a Jewish-Uruguayan news site that publishes articles about Israel, technology and health, culture and the Jewish world.

Ramy Attie (Panama)

Ramy Attie was born in Aleppo, Syria, and arrived in Panama in 1963, becoming the executive of a clothing and textile manufacturing company. Attie served as a captain in the Israeli army and was the president of the Association of Friends of Tel Aviv University, as well as the B’nai Brith Caribbean region. He is a member of the Hebrew Community Central Council and is a prominent member of the Jewish community in Panama.

Fernando Lottenberg (Brazil) @fernandolotten

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Fernando Lottenberg is a business lawyer and president of the Jewish Confederation of Brazil (CONIB), the umbrella organization of Brazilian Jewry, as well as vice president of the World Jewish Congress. He often acts as the unofficial spokesperson for Brazilian Jewry for various news outlets.

Rav Yosef Garmon (Guatemala) @YosefGarmon

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Yosef Garmon, born in Jerusalem, was the former chief rabbi of Guatemala, who formed a Guatemalan branch of the Israeli search-and-rescue and victim identification unit of ZAKA, responding to the volcanic eruption in June 2018. He and his teams raised the funds to build 100 homes for the displaced evacuees in an area called “new Jerusalem.” Rabbi Garmon has expressed that while Latinos have a strong “spiritual love” for Israel, there must be a physical manifestation for the love to last, fed by humanitarian tasks.

Dany Saadia (Mexico) @dany

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Dany Saadia is a Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, podcaster and entrepreneur. He is CEO and founder of Dixo, the first podcasting production company in Mexico. His outspoken support for Israel reaches hundreds of thousands of people via his Twitter account.

Gabriel Zaliasnik (Chile) @gzaliasnik

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Gabriel Zaliasnik is an award-winning lawyer and professor at the University of Chile and former president of the Jewish community in Chile. Peer-reviewed guide “Best Lawyers” identified him as the best criminal defense lawyer in Chile. He identifies as “deeply Zionist” and says that commitment to Israel has permeated his entire life.

Sammy Eppel (Venezuela) @sammyeppel

Sammy Eppel is an advocate for human rights in Venezuela, concentrating his advocacy on the Venezuelan government’s sponsored anti-Semitism and how it relates to Judeophobia. As a political analyst and journalist, he has written for the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal and has appeared as a guest commentator on radio and television in Venezuela and abroad. Eppel is a member of the governing body of the Venezuelan Jewish community (CAIV) and the acting director of the Commission of Human Rights of B’nai Brith Venezuela. He is a lecturer and presenter for the Hasbara Spanish program.

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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