Brazilian Jews take to streets in massive push for change
Jewish youths among anti-government protesters say they are inspired by Jewish values and Israeli social protests.
When Alan Rochlin joined hundreds of thousands of Israelis who took to the streets in 2011 to protest skyrocketing living costs, he never imagined he would be doing the same in his native Brazil just two years later.
But as Brazilians made international headlines in late June with massive anti-government protests, Rochlin, a 21-year-old marketing student from Rio de Janeiro who is also the leader of the Jewish youth movement Chazit Hanoar Hadrom Americait (Youth Front of South America), was one of many Jews among them.
Jewish movements such as Hillel, Habonim Dror and Chazit Hanoar, and their members, have joined the wide cross-section of Brazilians now rocking the country with their protests. But while the Jewish protesters’ sentiments are part and parcel of the feelings sweeping across Brazilian society, many cite their identity as Jews as a primary wellspring of their activism.