B’nai B’rith International commends Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman for recognizing Iran’s infiltration into Latin America and noting the dangerous implications of Tehran’s easy access across the region.
Nisman is the prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building that killed 85 and wounded 300. Since he began his investigation in 2005, Nisman has uncovered evidence that Iran, through its terrorist arm Hezbollah, was behind the attack. Interpol has issued arrest warrants for the Iranian perpetrators, but to date, no arrests have been made.
In a report released May 29, Nisman asserts that there could already be Iranian plans to launch terror attacks through its own intelligence stations set up across Latin America. Nisman wrote that the AMIA attack was not an isolated incident: “It has to be investigated as a segment in a larger sequence.”
“This very public exposure of the ongoing Iranian threat should be a wake-up call to leaders across Latin America and beyond that Iranian government satellite offices in Latin America could easily serve as covert terror operations,” said B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. “Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror. The AMIA attack in 1994 and the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 are clear examples that Iran knows how to bide its time as it sets terror plots in motion.”
As Iran has strengthened its ties in the region, its operatives have searched for and found additional allies. Iran’s activities in Latin America undermine the security of the entire region.
“The findings in this new report underscore the very faulty premise of the pact signed this year between Argentina and Iran to jointly investigate the AMIA bombing,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “Iran has never cooperated in the investigation of the AMIA bombing, refusing to surrender those previously implicated in the attack. Once again, we have a report that underscores the menace that is Iran.”