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On Third Anniversary of Jewish Center Bombing in Buenos Aires, ADL Urges Argentinian President to Vigorously Pursue Investigation

New York, NY, July 14, 1997 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed frustration with the lack of progress in the investigation of a three-year-old terrorist attack against the Buenos Aires Jewish community and urged the government of Argentina to "vigorously and thoroughly" pursue the perpetrators. The July 18, 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community building killed 87 people and injured 200 others.

The League also expressed similar concern over the equally inconclusive investigation into the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 people.

In a letter to President Carlos Menem, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said, "While we recognize the enormity and difficulty of solving such horrific terrrorist attacks, we believe that the extreme delay in bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice sends a dangerous signal that terrorists can carry out such heinous hate crimes without fear of persecution. Furthermore, it exacerbates feelings of fear and vulnerability within the Argentine Jewish Community."

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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