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 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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