On July 18, 2014, AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey will present a program commemorating the 20thanniversary of the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) bombing in Buenos Aires, honoring those who lost their lives. At 9:53 a.m. on July 18, 1994, a devastating bomb exploded at the AMIA headquarters – a Jewish community center building – in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eighty-five people, Jews and non-Jews, ranging in age from five to 73, died in the terror attack. Another 300 were injured.
Astonishingly, no one has been apprehended or convicted for the heinous crime, although AMIA Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman concluded in 2007 that Iran bears direct responsibility for the attack, and Interpol issued “red notices” against five Iranian officials and a sixth “red notice” against a Hezbollah operative in Lebanon.
On Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., members of the press are invited to join AJC at Congregation Mikveh Israel at 44 N. 4thStreet to remember the AMIA bombing. The commemoration will include reflections from Marcia Bronstein, AJC Regional Director, and the Consul General of Israel, Yaron Sideman. Rabbi Albert Gabbai of Congregation Mikveh Israel will lead a moment of silence at 9:53, which was the time of the attack.
According to Marcia Bronstein, Regional Director of AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey, “AJC will continue to advocate at the highest levels in Argentina and in international organizations to ensure that this crime is prosecuted. We will keep the memory of the AMIA bombing alive, in honor of the 85 victims, in honor of the survivors, and with the commitment that the terrorists who were behind this horrific deed, both in Iran and Argentina, will receive justice.”
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