B’nai B’rith marks the 24th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack against the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, that killed 85 people and injured hundreds. On July 18, 1994, a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the building.
These last 24 years have been filled with grief, pain and anger, as the fight for justice continues. To date, no one has been prosecuted for this deplorable act of terror. One of those working diligently for justice was Alberto Nisman, the federal prosecutor who investigated the case for more than 10 years. Nisman had found extensive evidence of the involvement of Iranian officials in the planning and execution of the attack. But Nisman was murdered in January of 2015, a few days after accusing the government of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of negotiating a pact with Iran in order to get impunity for the Iranian suspects.
As every year, the central commemoration event took place in Buenos Aires on July 18, in front of the AMIA building, at exactly 9:53 a.m. — the time of the bombing 24 years ago. Speakers included Agustin Zbar, the current president of AMIA; relatives of the victims; and Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro who gave a keynote address.
Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti, Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s Chief of Staff Marcos Pena and Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj also attended. B’nai B’rith was represented by Daniel Sporn, vice president of B’nai B’rith Argentina, and Susana Chalón, international vice president of B’nai B’rith Argentina.
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, who gave his life in the search for justice.
B’nai B’rith International’s Special Advisor on Latin American Affairs Adriana Camisar was a guest earlier this week on our podcast, and spoke about the bombing and about a recent development in the investigation into Alberto Nisman’s death. Click here to listen.
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