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January 21, 2015 11:30 am

Argentine Hostel Popular With Israelis Targeted in Violent Antisemitic Attack

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Local antisemites attacked the Onda Azul hostel in Argentina's Patagonia region. Photo: 0404

A group of Israeli tourists has been forced to leave a hostel in Lago Puelo, a national park in Argentina’s Patagonia region, following a violent antisemitic attack which left ten people injured.

Argentine newspaper Clarín reported that three assailants carried out the attack against the Onda Azul hostel, which is popular with Israeli backpackers. Sergio Polak, the owner of the hostel, said, “There were several hours of terror. They shouted, ‘f***ing Jews, you are stealing Patagonia.'”

Israeli website 0404 reported that there were no casualties among the Israeli group, comprised of youngsters who have just completed their army service. However, Polak confirmed that there had been “serious damage” to his property and that the assailants had also stolen the belongings of several guests.

In a separate radio interview, Polak said that the assailants were locals and had been identified. He added that this was not the first time that his hostel had been the target of an antisemitic attack, noting that two cabins had been burned down during the Jewish holiday period in October last year by an assailant who threw a Molotov cocktail. Polak also said that INADI, Argentina’s official anti-discrimination body, had received several complaints in recent weeks concerning antisemitic behavior and attitudes on the part of several local hoteliers and businesses.

Another hostel popular with Israelis in the town of Bariloche, also in Patagonia, was targeted by local antisemites last year, who warned the owners not to accept Israeli tourists. In 2012, the Chabad House in Bariloche, another popular hangout for Israelis, was targeted three times in a single month.

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  • Wonder if the young Israeli tourists who visit the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche know that it was — and may still be– the refuge for Nazis smuggled out of Europe at war’s end, with the active connivance of Hitler’s Pope ,Pius XII.

  • luis

    Argentina es un Pais formado con gente que vino de europa, pero, a partir de los años posguerra, se convirtió en un Pais totalmente antijudio; esto fue la entrada permitida y consentida de los gobiernos a los nazis, quienes vivieron y actualmente viven, la mayoria , en nuestra patagonia;especialmente en zonas cordilleranas.Además de permitir sus actividades en nuestro Pais, nuestros gobernantes miraron para otro lado.Asi comenzó el nazismo en Alemania.

  • Lisa98

    Do we know whether Hamas or Hezbollah were behind the attack?

  • Karla

    Well it is the actions of cowards. The whole of South America is getting infiltrated with terrorists and their mindless followers. They have no course for their lives and are easily tricked into believing the anti-Semitic lies. It is a sad and sick world that we are dealing with.

  • shosh

    It’s time for the Jews to leave Argentina and all the other Antisemitic countries before another Holocaust
    happens again, Has ve Halila, and make Aliya to Israel.

    • Ricardo Ivulich

      Argentina is not an Antisemitic Country, many Jews live in Argentina, it is a very important community, and all of us have friends from Jewish community.
      Some derelicts may be anti semitic but most people are not they don´t even think of it.

      • cisco7912

        The police “withdrew” to let the attack carry on, and the article states that this is not the first attack, and part of a pattern. when the forces tasked with protecting it’s citizens retreats to let violence be carried out, then something is very wrong.

    • z

      No, it’s time for Jews to respond to violence with violence and stop being such pushovers. The only reason these nazi trolls continue with their nonsense is because Jews offer ZERO consequences to such actions.

      • Rebecca

        Talk about victim blaming. Jews have not been pushovers in any of these sorts of situations throughout history, anyways.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Kirchner’s Ethnic Cleansing Pogrom of Jews continues.

  • Neil

    Argentina notoriously hosted Nazi war criminals, sat on their hands when a bomb tragically took the lives of Jews in Buenos Aires and is now investigating the ‘suicide’ of the prosecutor of that crime. Argentina has learned nothing in the battle against xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Time for the Jews to boycott this hornet’s nest. Who needs them.