Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Jews of Rio, Evangelicals, Rally on Copacabana Beach for Peace in Israel

Some 1,500 Jews and supporters of the Jewish community rallied along the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro for peace in Israel and against terrorism.

At the sixth pro-Israel rally in Brazil this month, participants carrying blue-and-white Israeli flags and signs, and wearing Israel T-shirts covered three lanes of the elegant seaside avenue on Sunday. The demonstration featured the repeated singing of the Israeli and Brazilian national anthems and speeches against terror. To close the event, participants danced to Israeli folk songs in a large circle.

Sen. Marcelo Crivella, a prominent Evangelical leader, was a special guest. He had called during a major TV show for “all friends of Israel” to attend.

For Paulo Maltz, president of the Rio Jewish Federation, the ecumenical event was unprecedented in Brazil.

“Jews, Christians and members of all faiths are here together to protest all forms of terror and claim with a united voice that no more innocent should die,” he declared.

Earlier this month, pro-Israel rallies took place in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Belem, Natal and Fortaleza.

“The Jewish community and the friends of Israel in Rio traditionally express publicly their support to the Israeli people in their fight daily fight for peace and against terror,” Israel’s honorary consul, Osias Wurman, told JTA.

Rio is home to some 40,000 Jews, or one-third of the country’s Jewish community of 120,000.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.