New York, NY, July 14, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the government of Argentina to continue to pursue all leads in the investigation of the terrorist bombing of the AMIA-DAIA building in Buenos Aires, in which 86 were killed and hundreds more wounded 14 years ago, and to work to counter the Hezbollah influence in South America.
"While some important progress has been made in recent years, we share the frustration of the Argentine Jewish community that the perpetrators and collaborators of this heinous attack have not yet been brought to justice," said Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "In particular, we are concerned that investigators have yet to identify and apprehend those inside Argentina who assisted the terrorists."
In a letter to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner timed to the 14th anniversary of the attack, ADL praised the government for its efforts to advance the investigation and called on officials "to spare no effort to identify and prosecute all those involved in the attack, both inside and outside Argentina."
The League also called on Argentina to make efforts to investigate the deepening influence of Iran and Hezbollah in South America. The Islamic Republic and the Lebanese terrorist group are widely credited with masterminding the July 18, 1994 AMIA-DAIA bombing.
"We urge you to work with other regional and international leaders to stand up to the dangerously destabilizing force Iran and Hezbollah play in South America, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," the ADL leaders wrote to the Argentinean president. "We look forward to continuing to work closely with you during your presidency to put an end to terrorism and those supporting it, and to maintain strong relations between Argentina, the United States and the State of Israel."
The League also expressed solidarity with the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, the Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas and the entire Argentinean Jewish community in remembering those who were killed and wounded on that tragic day.