The July 18, 1994 terror attack on the heart of the Argentinean Jewish community killed 85 and wounded 300.
Iran’s ties to the attack are well known. In 2006, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nissman detailed how top Iranian leaders including Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s president at the time, and Ahmad Vahidi, today’s minister of defense, ordered Hezbollah to kill Jews in Buenos Aires. This makes the embrace of Tehran by some of Argentina’s neighbors, such as Venezuela, all the more troubling.
Interpol has requested that Iran turn over the officials responsible for the worst terrorist attack ever in Latin America.
Over the last five years at the United Nations General Assembly, Argentina has repeatedly requested that Iran cooperate with Interpol. The Iranians have not only rejected such overtures, but they have blamed the Jewish community and the State of Israel for supposedly inciting the Argentinean claims.
“The attack on AMIA should serve as a reminder of the danger of Iran’s increasing infiltration of Latin America,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “Though almost two decades have passed since this devastating and tragic attack, it is never too late for Latin American countries to support Argentina’s claims and demand that the terrorists are brought to justice.”
“It is long overdue not only for Iran—a country that abuses human rights, denies the Holocaust and seeks to destroy Israel—to cooperate with Interpol, but for the U.N. Human Rights Council to condemn the ongoing violations of human rights in Iran and demand that those perpetrators of the AMIA bombing be brought to justice for their crimes,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
For 18 years, B’nai B’rith, with its deep ties throughout Latin America, has called for those responsible for this attack to be brought to justice. B’nai B’rith Latin America chair Denis Herrnstadt, B’nai B’rith Argentina President Mario Wilhelm and B’nai B’rith Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn will attend the main commemoration event in Buenos Aires on July 18.