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ADL Commemorates Ninth Anniversary of Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center Bombing

New York, N.Y., July 18, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commemorated the ninth anniversary of the Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 86 people and wounded hundreds.

In a statement regarding the anniversary, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said:

Today, as we commemorate the ninth anniversary of the bombing of the Jewish community building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we remember the 86 innocent people who were killed and the hundreds who were wounded. Our thoughts on this sad day are also with the families of the victims.

Nearly a decade after this heinous attack, the perpetrators remain at large.  We are encouraged by recent steps taken by the Argentine Government and prosecutors, particularly in the renewed public recognition of and investigation into Iran’s role in the attack. However, while important progress has been made, these steps are not complete until justice is served for those who died at the AMIA building.

On July 18, 1994, 86 people were killed and hundreds more injured in an explosion which destroyed a seven-story building housing the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association and the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations. In March 1992, at least 28 people were killed and more that 220 were injured in a separate bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that also remains unsolved.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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