By Seffi Kogen
On July 18, 1994, a truck bomb went off outside the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds more (watch AJC's video marking the 20th anniversary of the attack).
Since his appointment as Argentine Special Prosecutor, responsible for investigating this crime, Alberto Nisman has worked tirelessly to build a comprehensive case against the perpetrators of the attack. In 2006 Nisman released his findings that showed that Iran was responsible for planning the attack, which was carried out by Hezbollah, the Islamic Republic’s terror proxy. His efforts were rewarded shortly after, when Interpol issued “red notice” arrest warrants against six Hezbollah operatives.
Since 2007, however, there has been little progress in the quest for justice, and Nisman concluded that there has been a cover-up of this crime against humanity. Just last week, Nisman issued a report accusing Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman of seeking to drop the criminal case against Iranian suspects in an attempt to foster closer economic ties between the two countries. Nisman pointed to a pending deal whereby Iranian oil would be exchanged for Argentinean grain.
Days after Nisman’s accusations against the president and the foreign minister, and mere hours before he was to testify against them before members of the legislature, Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to the head.
Let’s take a closer look at Nisman’s case.
Iran Had Motive
Argentina, like many other Latin American countries, had close ties with Iran in the 1980s and 1990s. Indeed, Argentina played a prime role in... Argentina.
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"Anti-Semitism isn't just a threat to the Jewish people. Anti-Semitism is a threat to everything Europe stands for." –Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addressing an AJC solidarity event for France and French Jewry.
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The Atlantic / 4-minute read
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CNN / 3-minute read
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AJC via JTA / 5-minute read
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And to hear Simone's interview on NPR (5-minute listen), click here.
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Washington Post / 3-minute read
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