La organización B’nai B’rith Internacional recordó a las víctimas del atentado a la AMIA, en víspera de 19° aniversario al tiempo que transmitió su preocupación por el memorándum de entendimiento que la Argentina firmó con Irán en relación a la causa que investiga el brutal ataque terrorista.
A través de un comunicado de prensa enviado a la Agencia Judía de Noticias (AJN), B’nai B’rith Internacional consideró que el acuerdo transformado en ley por el Congreso argentino llevará a que “no se pueda hacer justicia jamás”.
“En enero del corriente año, Irán y Argentina acordaron crear una ‘Comisión de la Verdad’, un ‘grupo independiente’ que investigará el atentado donde murieron 85 personas y otras 300 fueron heridas, todo ello, a pesar que los lazos de Irán con la masacre son conocidos y están documentados”, apuntó la organización.
B’nai B’rith Internacional señaló que “en 2006, luego de una exhaustiva investigación, el fiscal Alberto Nisman detalló cómo conocidas autoridades iraníes dieron la orden a Hezbollah de cometer un atentado masivo contra la comunidad judía en Buenos Aires, y entre esas autoridades: Hashemi Rafsanjani, presidente de Irán entonces, y Ahmad Vahidi, hoy ministro de Defensa”...more
by Chris Reidy
B’nai B’rith Housing, a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to produce nonsectarian housing, said Monday that it has begun construction on a 64-unit apartment complex in Sudbury that is aimed at “active” adults age 55 and older.
The complex is called the Coolidge at Sudbury, and building costs are projected to be $16.7, said Brighton-based B’nai B’rith Housing, which in May bought the land that the complex will be located on for $2 million. The land was purchased from the Mercuri family. The expectation is that the Coolidge will be ready for occupancy in mid 2014...more
by Shandana Mufti
Construction has begun on The Coolidge, a new 64-unit housing complex in Sudbury that aims to serve active seniors and adults aged 55 and over, according to B'nai B'rith Housing.
“This is a huge milestone for us for a development that will allow more local seniors to remain in their community by choosing to live at The Coolidge,” B'nai B'rith Housing executive director Susan Gittelman said in a press release.
Though The Coolidge is owned by CCC Post Road Limited Partnership, it will be controlled by B’nai B’rith Housing, based in Brighton, which purchased the land for $2 million from the Mercuri family this May. BBH is a nonprofit developer that aims to create affordable housing in Greater Boston’s underserved suburban communities...more
by Diane C. Lore
Staten Island Tech student Ashley Deng has earned a $5,000 scholarship, and the status of being a published author, as the top winner of this year's Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge sponsored by B'Nai B'rith International.
Her entry "We Are All Atoms"— which she wrote and illustrated — caught the attention of judges. Her win was announced on June 10 during an awards ceremony hosted by the New York Stock Exchange.
"It's great to see Diverse Minds still flourishing seven years into the program," said B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. "It's amazing how creative these kids are and what they can achieve when their minds are working toward a noble cause....more
by Eduardo Kohn, director of Latin American affairs at B'nai B'rith International
On July 18, the victims of the AMIA bombing will be killed again.
Their families will feel the chilly winter and the cold reality of the chain of agreements made between Iran and Argentina that has erased the remote illusion of a true and honest effort to prosecute the perpetrators.
The July 18, 1994 terror attack on the the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building — the heart of the Argentinian Jewish community — killed 85 and wounded 300. No one has been brought to justice, though Iran’s ties to the attack are well known.
In a 2006 report, Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman detailed how top Iranian leaders — including Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s president at the time, and Ahmad Vahidi, who later became minister of defense — ordered Hezbollah to kill Jews in Buenos Aires. Interpol has requested that Iran turn over the officials responsible for the worst terrorist attack ever in Latin America. No arrests have been made...more
by Robert Fucci
Motorists driving east on Boston Post Road have noticed a new construction site on the Landham Road side, directly across from the Landham Crossing condo complex.
The construction is the start of The Coolidge at Sudbury, a 64-unit rental community for seniors and older adults, ages 55 and older.
In September 2011, the Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals approved a comprehensive permit for B’nai B’rith Housing New England...more
Until 2009, right-wing Portuguese politician Jose Ribeiro e Castro didn’t have much interest in the expulsion of his country’s Jewish community in the 16th century. That changed once Ribeiro e Castro opened a Facebook account.
Online, the 60-year-old lawmaker and journalist connected to several Sephardic Jews, descendants of a once robust Jewish community numbering in the hundreds of thousands, many of whom were forced into exile in 1536 during the Portuguese Inquisition. Eventually the encounters morphed into a commitment to rectify a historic injustice.
For Ribeiro e Castro, correcting the injustice meant spearheading a bill to naturalize the Jewish descendants of expelled Jews, a measure that unanimously passed the Portuguese parliament in April and went on the books last week, making Portugal the only country besides Israel with a Jewish law of return.
“The law is a commendable initiative,” said Nuno Wahnon Martins, the Lisbon-born director of European affairs for B’nai B’rith International. “It has economic considerations as well, which do not subtract from parliament’s worthy decision...more
by Eduardo Kohn, director of Latin America affairs of B'nai B'rith
Este 18 de julio de 2013, las víctimas del atentado contra la AMIA habrán sido asesinadas otra vez. Sus familiares, sentirán la gelidez invernal y la fría realidad del proceso de acuerdos entre Argentina e Irán, que han logrado borrar la remota ilusión de derrotar la impunidad.
Cuando el año pasado, en el día más sagrado para el pueblo judío, el Día del Perdón (Iom Kipur) el Canciller de Argentina y su par iraní anunciaban en Nueva York que se había llegado a un acuerdo para «investigar conjuntamente» el ataque a AMIA, comenzaba el proceso para asesinar otra vez a las víctimas.
Dicho proceso encontró otra fecha emblemática para profundizar la perversidad: el 27 de
enero de 2013, Día Mundial de Recordación del Holocausto (fecha aprobada por Naciones Unidas) Irán y Argentina firmaban públicamente el «acuerdo»...more
by Ilan Mochari
A few months ago I finished Pete Townshend’s autobiography, “Who I Am.” I can’t say I was surprised to read the following:We shared our house with the Cass family, who lived upstairs and, like many of my parents’ closest friends, were Jewish. I remember noisy, joyous Passovers with a lot of Gefilte fish, chopped liver and the aroma of slow-roasting brisket (11).
I have often wondered why “Tommy” has such a grip on me. My best guess? I think it stems from my six summers at B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Starlight, Pennsylvania...more
by Steve Lipman
In Cuba for the first time on an educational mission a few months ago, businessman-philanthropist Steven Tisch told his guide he wanted to visit some of the Jewish sites in Havana’s small Jewish community.
Tisch ended up at Temple Beth Shalom, the de facto headquarters of Cuban Jewry, where he spent a few hours speaking with Adele Dworin, the community’s head. She told her visitor about Jewish Cuba’s history, culture and increasing viability in recent years...The Cuban government has allowed greater religious freedom in recent decades, and organizations like B’nai B’rith International and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have an active presence there...more