“Anti-Semitism is a Real Clear and Present Danger in Latin America”: B’nai B’rith International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn Discusses B’nai B’rith’s Work in Latin America
(Washington, D.C., June 18, 2019)--Eduardo Kohn, B’nai B’rith International director of Latin American affairs, joined CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin for a discussion on B’nai B’rith’s podcast in advance of the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), where Kohn will represent B’nai B’rith along with Program Director for Strategic Engagement Sienna Girgenti.
Kohn and Mariaschin discuss B’nai B’rith’s work and history with the OAS; it was the first Jewish organization to be recognized as a civil society organization by the body and has used its influence to push for human rights and anti-discrimination measures such as the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. This year marks the 25th anniversary of an Iran-linked terrorist attack on the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), and Kohn goes into detail about how the Jewish community is still fighting for justice.
Although the AMIA bombing was more than two decades ago, Kohn is clear that discrimination against Jews in Latin America is not a relic of the past: “Anti-Semitism is a real clear and present danger in Latin America, not only historically, because the AMIA bombing happened 25 years ago,” he cautions. While he is confident that the current Argentine government takes justice in the AMIA case seriously, he believes that this is the first government to do so since the attack. The threat posed to Latin American Jewry by Iran and Hezbollah is far from over, especially because far-left governments in countries like Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia maintain links with the rogue state and terrorist group.
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