This year, we mark the 25th anniversary of the horrific attack on the Jewish community organization of Argentina, the AMIA, in Buenos Aires. As you know, it was the deadliest attack on Argentina’s Jewish community to date, occurring on July 18, 1994, with 85 people murdered and hundreds injured.
Over the years, the perpetrators of this vicious crime have never been brought to justice. This case has been dogged by unresolved questions and by accusations of ineptitude and cover-ups on the part of authorities. On 25 October 2006, Argentine prosecutors Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martínez Burgos formally accused the government of Iran of directing the bombing, and the Hezbollah militia of carrying it out.
In 2015 Alberto Nisman filed a 300-page document accusing the government of covering up Iran's role in the incident. Alberto Nisman was murdered hours before he was due to testify, and those responsible for the terrorist attack on the Jewish community center still remain at large. This, despite the fact that INTERPOL has issued Red Notices, which are international wanted persons notices, for the suspects.
We will remember the Jewish community members who were the victims of this horrendous terrorist attack on the AMIA on Monday, June 24th, at 12:00 noon at a special ceremony co-sponsored by the Argentinian Mission to the UN and the World Jewish Congress. It will take place in the UN, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
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