B’nai B’rith International participated in a remembrance ceremony for the 22nd anniversary of the Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires. On the afternoon of March 17, 1992, a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the corner of the embassy and then detonated multiple bombs. The attack killed 29 people, injured 242 and also destroyed a church and a school.
The event took place at the site where the embassy formerly stood; starting at 2:45 p.m. local time, with a sharp siren cutting through the air, signifying the moment the bombing occurred.
B’nai B’rith Argentina President Mario Wilhelm and other B’nai B’rith members and supporters were in attendance, as was the Israeli Head of the Latin American and Caribbean Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Itzhak Shoham and Israeli Ambassador to Argentina Dorit Shavit. The Argentine government was represented by Minister of Justice Julio Alak, members of congress and Buenos Aires city officials.
The embassy bombing was deadliest terror attack in Argentina until the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building was bombed in 1994. That attack killed 85 people and wounded 300. Iran has been linked to both bombings, but none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.
B’nai B’rith remains committed to remembering this terror attack and calling for those responsible to be held accountable.