B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith leaders were present on July 18 when thousands of people gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to pay tribute to those killed and injured in a terror attack 23 years ago on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish community center building. On July 18, 1994, a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the AMIA building, killing 85 people and wounding 300.
The commemoration was on Pasteur Street, the original location of the AMIA building.
Though it has long been widely recognized that Iran and Hezbollah were behind this horrendous crime, to this date, no one has been brought to justice.
On July 17, B’nai B’rith International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn and B’nai B’rith Chile President Jaime Fuchs participated in an event in Buenos Aires hosted by the Latin American Jewish Congress to discuss terrorism and how to combat it.
Kohn met with several government officials including Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, Argentine Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj, Ambassador of Israel to Argentina Ilan Sztulman and Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, widow of Alberto Nisman. Nisman was a prosecutor assigned to the AMIA building bombing attack and died under suspicious circumstances on Jan. 18, 2015. Nisman had announced to the public, several days before his death, that he would present his findings to the Argentine Congress on Jan. 19, 2015.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri hosted the AMIA Executive Committee in La Casa Rosada (the House of Government) on July 14th, and Macri’s Chief of Staff Marcos Peña led the official delegation that attended the commemoration event on July 18.
It is the duty of the Jewish people to keep the memory of the AMIA bombing alive and continue to call for justice. It is imperative that we remember that acts of terror are not just a thing of the past, and we must continue to honor those who lives were lost or forever altered in this senseless bloodshed.
B’nai B’rith has been at the forefront of advocating for justice in the AMIA case from the very beginning. We will never forget the victims and their families, or Alberto Nisman, whose bravery called attention to this unresolved attack.