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."

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.