B’nai B’rith International welcomes an Argentine federal court’s decision to strike down the agreement between Argentina and Iran to create the “Commission of Truth,” an “independent” group that would investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded 300. The court ruled the agreement unconstitutional, while the government vows to appeal the decision to Argentina’s Supreme Court.
B’nai B’rith opposed the agreement the moment it was signed in January of 2013. As recently as this week, International President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin met with the Argentine foreign minister to express their concerns over the agreement.
Iran, the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror, is widely acknowledged to be behind the AMIA attack. Top-Iranian officials were named in a report by Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman as being responsible for the bombing. Interpol even issued arrest warrants for those responsible for the attack, but to date, none have been made.
Therefore, it is difficult to see how anything truthful could come out of an agreement that, among other things, gives Iran complete access to the investigation and stipulates that suspects may only be interrogated in Tehran.
The agreement was an extension of Iran’s 35-year record of deception and obfuscation. Because of that, we welcome the court’s decision and hope the Argentine Supreme Court will ratify the ruling.