2017-07-19 / Editorial

Victims of Argentinean terrorist attack 23 years ago deserve justice


Coinciding with the 23rd anniversary commemoration of a deadly terrorist attack on Argentina’s Jewish community center (AMIA, DAIA), the Latin American affiliate of the World Jewish Congress is hosting a regional conference to advance legislation to prevent further attacks and bring perpetrators to justice.

It is our hope that this two-day meeting of the WJC Latin American parliamentarians will aid efforts already underway to prosecute those who carried out the heinous attack July 18, 1994 that killed 85 people and injured hundreds of others. That massacre, as well as a 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, have been linked to Iran and Hezbollah. Past investigations have been stymied. Alberto Nisman, an Argentinean Jewish prosecutor who relentlessly pursued justice in the cases, was murdered in 2015. Moreover, despite international outcry, Iran has refused to investigate.

There is some reason for hope. Mauricio Marcri, Argentina’s president since 2015, has expressed support for Israel and pledged to fight for human rights and against terrorism. He also agreed to pursue prosecution of those responsible for these acts, said WJC Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg.

During the conference, WJC parliamentarians are expected to attend the official commemoration and discuss legislative strategies. Chief of Cabinet of Argentina, Marcos Peña, and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Emilio Monzó, will also take part.

Not only do the families and loved ones of those victims deserve justice, but also for Argentina to function and thrive as a democracy, the perpetrators of those crimes must be pursued. May the memories of the victims be for a blessing. 

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