B’nai B’rith International Commends Argentine President Macri’s Decision To Void The AMIA Bombing Pact With Iran
B’nai B’rith International welcomes Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s decision to support the federal court’s verdict declaring the Argentina-Iran memorandum of understanding unconstitutional. The 2013 memorandum was intended to “jointly investigate” the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA). Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner originally appealed the federal court’s ruling. During his campaign, Macri supported the idea of abolishing the deal; he was sworn into office last week.
“Voiding this deal will send a strong message that the pursuit of justice knows no bounds,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said. “The victims and their families deserve answers.”
The deal allowed Iranian officials inclusive access to the investigation, and mandated that suspects could only be questioned in Tehran. To expect that Iran, with a 36-year record of hypocrisy and obfuscation, would comply with the terms of such a pact was ludicrous. B’nai B’rith has long-expressed the belief that Iran’s “search for justice” is a sham, and strongly opposed the agreement.
Iran is widely recognized to be behind the 1994 terrorist attack in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded 300. Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died under suspicious circumstances earlier this year, believed Iran was directly connected to the AMIA bombing. Nisman wrote a report uncovering new evidence revealing Iran’s and Hezbollah’s involvement in the terrorist attacks.
“The decision to void the memorandum will be a major step forward in addressing the injustice inflicted on the victims and the people of Argentina. Iran, and its proxy, Hezbollah, should be held accountable, so the families and victims of this terrorist attack can find peace, once and for all,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
More than two decades have gone by without answers. In the past Interpol has issued arrest warrants for those in charge of the terrorist attack, but, so far, none have been made. B’nai B’rith hopes that this ruling will allow the investigation to go forward, and bring the terrorists to justice.