B’nai B’rith Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn and Special Advisor on Latin American and U.N. Affairs Adriana Camisar participated in the Latin American Forum to Combat Anti-Semitism in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and the Latin American Jewish Congress. B’nai B’rith was one of the sponsors of this important event.
Kohn moderated a panel on how to combat discrimination through education and was interviewed by I24News on the progress made on the subject across Latin America. He pointed out that few countries in the region have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism and that only a few have anti-discrimination laws. More education and commitment from governments are needed.
Camisar was also interviewed by I24News, on B’nai B’rith’s most recent efforts to advance justice for the survivors and the relatives of the victims of the AMIA bombing, which was no doubt an anti-Semitic attack, by promoting the adoption of the “trial in absentia” procedure in Argentina. July 18 marks the 28th anniversary of this horrific terrorist attack. Ahead of the anniversary, B’nai B’rith hosted a program advocating for the adoption of the trial in absentia procedure in the AMIA case. The program can be viewed on B’nai B’rith’s YouTube channel here.
Kohn and Camisar met separately with former Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales; Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan; Israeli Ambassador Galit Ronen; Uruguay’s Vice Minister of Environment Gerardo Amarilla; Colombian Evangelical Pastor Eduardo Gomez; Director of “Israel Without Borders” Camilo Torres Perl; Executive Director of the Confederation of Jewish communities of Colombia Marcos Peckel; Latin American Director of the Israel Allies Foundation Leopoldo Martinez; President of the Jewish community of Chile Gerardo Gorodischer; Uruguayan Senator Alejandro Sánchez of the leftist Frente Amplio; and Uruguayan Congressman Felipe Schipani, member of the ruling Coalition, among other important leaders. The issues discussed included B’nai B’rith’s long-standing efforts to combat anti-Semitism both in the region and around the world, our efforts with regard to the AMIA case and our work to confront anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.