Jewish Group Responds to 'Little Jewboy From Gestapo' Attack
The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the verbal attack on Jewish journalist Flor Mizrachi Angel, labeled “That little Jewboy from the Gestapo” by the Governor of Panama, Omaira Mayin Correa.
Mayin Correa’s insult, aired by KW Continente radio on June 17, came as a reaction to an article in which Mizrachi Angel accused the country’s government of taking preventive measures to “cover itself legally” from eventual corruption accusations.
In a letter to Deputy Elías Castillo, President of the Latin American Parliament, Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC Director for International Relations and Sergio Widder, SWC Director for Latin America, urged that he “Denounce the incident as a violation of the Declaration against Anti-Semitism, initiated by our Center and adopted by the PARLATINO during its 27th General Assembly, in December 2011.”
“The Governor’s comments offend the memory of Jewish and other victims of the Nazi Gestapo and injure Panama, a long and devoted friend of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” noted Samuels.
“We call for a public apology from Governor Mayin Correa. Of course, any person can criticize an article if he or she considers that the information is inaccurate, but a racist attack is unacceptable,” added Widder.
“Headquartered in Panama, the PARLATINO cannot be indifferent to a local violation of its own core principles and recent directive,” concluded the Center officials.