Anniversary of Buenos Aires Israel Embassy Bombing Serves as a Strong Reminder of the Threat of Iranian Inroads into Region
B’nai B’rith International marks the 20th anniversary of the Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires. On March 17, 1992, a powerful bomb exploded outside the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 29 people, injuring 242, and hitting a nearby school and church. Iran, the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism, is widely believed to have been a principal actor in the planning of the attack. The perpetrators have yet to be captured and brought to trial.
“In 1992, Iranian terror was a surprise and shock. Today, many of Argentina’s neighbors—including Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba—have embraced Tehran by signing various agreements,” said B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. He added, “With members and supporters throughout Latin America, B’nai B’rith is uniquely positioned to speak out against Iranian terrorism throughout the region.”
“Because of Iran’s long record of funding and supporting terror worldwide, their bellicose rhetoric threatening Israel and the West, and their goal of attaining nuclear weapons capability, this anniversary should serve as an occasion for the world community to enact the strongest possible sanctions against Iran,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
B’nai B’rith will join with the rest of the Jewish community in the March 16 commemoration at the site of the bombing, which will be led by Vice Foreign Minister of Israel Danny Ayalon and an Israeli delegation including many of the diplomats who survived the bombing.