On 20th Anniversary of Argentina Jewish Community Center Bombing, ADL Renews Call for Justice

New York, NY, July 18, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community of Argentina and renewed its call for justice on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA-DAIA building in Buenos Aires.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

The bombing of the AMIA-DAIA Jewish community building in Buenos Aires, Argentina was a significant event in Jewish history, when the scourge of terrorism against Jews once again reached the shores of South America and 85 innocent civilians were killed and hundreds more wounded. It was a great tragedy in the history of the Jewish people, and it is a tragedy compounded by the ongoing absence of justice for the victims. Those responsible have never seen the inside of a courtroom, and have never paid the price for their hateful act of violence against innocent civilians.

The evidence is clear and compelling that the Iranian government played a role in this devastating terrorist attack. Despite the strong evidence from Prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s indictment linking Iran to the attack and Interpol submissions providing warrants seeking out the known perpetrators, they continue to deny their culpability and make a mockery of the AMIA case by evading the Argentine justice system. It is time for this to stop. The international community must demand justice for the killers of the 85 victims and the loved ones they left behind.

We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina. We remember the 85 souls lost at the hands of killers motivated by hatred of Jews. We express solidarity with the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, the Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas, the entire Argentinean Jewish community and the people of Argentina in remembering those who were killed and wounded on that tragic day.  We recommit ourselves to continue to raise this issue at the highest levels with the U.S. government and international leaders until justice is finally served.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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