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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 last week a third set.

This week we conclude our series with recognition of these ten notable Zionists:

Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie (Mexico) @RabbiElieAbadie

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Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie was born in Beirut and grew up in Mexico City as a refugee, later moving to the United States, and recently becoming the senior rabbi of the Jewish Council of the Emirates. His family comes from a long line of Sephardi rabbis dating back to 15th century Spain and Provence. He is a member of the board of the American Sephardi Federation and the World Sephardic Educational Center, and lectures on Sephardic Judaism, history and comparative traditional law. Fluent not only in Spanish, but also in English, Hebrew, Arabic and French, as well as conversational in Italian and Portuguese, Rabbi Abadie acts as a bridge within and outside of the Jewish world. His work in the UAE is paramount for forging relationships between Israel and the Emirates, as well as normalizing relations with other Arab countries.

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Alberto Levy (Panamá) @albertoalevy

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Alberto Levy is a Panamanian lawyer and technology investor. He is on the board of directors of the Panama-Israel Chamber of Commerce, serves as vice president of B’nai B’rith Panama and president of the Anti-Defamation Commission of B’nai B’rith.

Gabriel Colodro (Chile) @gabrielcolodro

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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.

Jazmin Balaguer

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Jazmin Balaguer is a political analyst who often appears on television programs and is known to defend Israel on social-media platforms. Balaguer also works as an academic researcher and columnist in Colombia for EI Expediente, an online investigative periodical.

Roni Kaplan (Uruguay) @CapitanKaplan

Roni Kaplan (Uruguay) @CapitanKaplan. (Photo: IDF)

Roni Kaplan is the co-founder of Conexion Israel, where he organizes high-level visits to Israel for entrepreneurs, journalists and influencers, decision-makers and religious leaders. He is an advisor at the Israel Foreign Ministry for Latin American affairs and aims to strengthen ties between the Hispanic world and the State of Israel. Kaplan is also a partner in Aurora, a Spanish newspaper based in Israel, served in the IDF for nine years, working as a spokesperson for Latin America and Asia, and was the head of multiple international cooperation units.

Marcelo Isaacson (Chile) @marcelo_1811

Marcelo Isaacson (Chile) @marcelo_1811 (Photo: Screenshot)

Marcelo Isaacson is the executive director of the Jewish Community of Chile and was one of the central influencers that resulted in Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s second visit to Israel in 2019. The visit reinforced the link between the two countries, expanding relations in science and technology, which proved vital in the context of Chilean-Palestinian aims to undermine their relations.

Claudio Avruj (Argentina) @clauavruj

Claudio Avruj (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Claudio Avruj is an Argentinian politician who served as the country’s Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism, and has many long-held friendships in Argentina’s Jewish community, as well as in Israel. Avruj has also served as the director of B’nai B’rith Argentina (and later, the Caribbean, taking him to Venezuela and Panama). He was the executive director of the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA), the umbrella organization of Argentina’s Jewish community that works to fight anti-Semitism and incitement.

Jorge Knoblovits (Argentina) @JKnoblovits

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Jorge Knoblovits is the vice president of Argentina’s World Jewish Congress, president of the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations and former president of the Delegatión of Israelite Associations of Argentina (DAIA) since 2018. He is a lawyer and former member of the International Relations Commission of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights of Argentina. Argentina’s ministry of foreign affairs adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism under Knoblovits’ presidency, a move that he said would allow the country to better combat domestic anti-Semitism.

Gabriel Bem-Tasgal (Argentina) @gbentasgal

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Gabriel Bem-Tasgal is the Argentina-born director of the public diplomacy program “HaTzad HaSheni,” dedicated to building bridges between Israel and the Spanish-speaking world through education about the Middle East, Islam and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Known as one of the greatest hasbara experts for the Spanish-speaking world—combating BDS, terrorism, information bias, etc.—he is a journalist and specialist in the Middle East and Islamic terrorism.

Roberto Spindel (Mexico)

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Roberto Spindel is the president of the Israel-Latin America Chamber of Commerce and the owner of Spin Marketing and Investments, a company specializing in business development for Israeli firms in Latin America. Settling in Israel in 1986 from Mexico City, he has spent most of his professional life dedicated to strengthening ties between Israel and Latin America through business. Spindel is also consulting regional authorities is LATAM in tourism, entrepreneurship and local economic development. He is a co-author of Spanish-language book How Israel Made me a Better Mexican, which was published as Israel celebrated 70 years of independence and 66 years of diplomatic relations with Mexico.

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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We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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