B’nai B’rith International remembers valiant Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died a year ago under suspicious circumstances. Nisman was building a case against the Iranian government, and discovered key members were behind the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building, before he met his untimely death. That terrorist attack killed 85 and wounded 300 people.
Nisman announced to the public, several days before his death, that he would present his findings to the Argentine Congress on Jan. 19, 2015. He believed that former President Cristina Kirchner and then Foreign Minister Hector Timerman were both involved with the Iranian government. Nisman was found dead in his home on Jan. 18, 2015.
On Jan. 18, 2016, in Buenos Aires, a candlelight vigil was held in Nisman’s honor. Vice President Gabriela Michetti was in attendance, and President Mauricio Macri privately met with Nisman’s daughters the day before.
B’nai B’rith recognizes the important changes that have occurred within the last two months. In December, Macri voided the Argentina-Iran memorandum of understanding, which allowed Iran to “investigate” the AMIA building bombing. Government officials have stated that all officers who handled Nisman’s case are required to provide testimony to Judge Fabiana Palmaghini.
Our thoughts are with the Nisman family, and B’nai B’rith hopes that justice will soon prevail.