Families and friends of the victims of the July 18, 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite

Mutual Association that killed 85 and injured hundreds recall the attack last month. Having

admitted to a botched investigation, the present government of Argentina appears to have

given up on identifying the culprits. The U.S. and Israel have long claimed that the bombing

was an Iranian terrorist attack.



Iran, the CIA and the Mossad all Suspected in Argentina Bombing Coverup (La Jornada, Mexico)


"From the very beginning, the United States and Israel accused Iran of this terrorist attack. ... The Tehran government responds, 'where is the evidence?' Among the Argentine public, there is a growing sense that Washington and Tel Aviv have turned the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association into just another instrument in the fight against terrorist states."


By José Steinsleger


Translated by Anthony Figueroa


August 1, 2012


Mexico – La Jornada – Original Article (Spanish)

The aftermath of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While the U.S. and Israel accuse Iran of mounting the attack, in legal terms, the culprits and their motives remain a mystery.


BBC NEWS VIDEO: Argentine fury after Iranian parliament approves the nomination of Ahmad Vahidi as defense minister, a man accused of involvement in the 1994 bomb attack on the of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenous Aires, Sept. 3, 2009, 00:02:39RealVideo

It has been 18 years since the terrorist bombing attack that destroyed the headquarters of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, or AMIA) in Buenos Aires, leaving 85 people dead and over 300 injured. Investigations into the attack have left the truth equally devastated: zero results. Nothing here, nothing there. What happened that day is anyone’s guess.


From the very beginning, the United States and Israel accused Iran of this terrorist attack. However, despite pressure from both countries, the case remains open, and all signs are that it will be difficult to close with any finality - similar to the case of the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina’s capital in March of 1992 (29 dead, 242 injured). 


In 2003, President Nestor Kirchner called the investigation into the case a “national disgrace.” A year later, the Argentine Supreme Court issued a decree on the material responsibility and/or coverup by the state.


Among those indicted after the investigation included former President Carlos Menem and Ruben Beraja (former head of the Delegation of Argentine-Israeli Associations and president of the Banco Mayo, who served two years in prison for bank fraud), former Judge Juan Jose Galeano, a number of other judges and attorneys, and several agents from the Secretariat of Intelligence - all who have been accused of undermining the investigation.


In January 2005, after the American Jewish Committee, a lobbying group, met with President Kirchner, the case took a suprising turn. Two months later, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Kirchner acknowledged the government's responsibility. He admitted that the state had worked to ensure that evidence in the case dissapeared. However, his new attorney general, Alberto Nisman, was very-well received by Israel, the American Jewish Committee, the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina and the Delegation of Argentine-Israeli Associations.


Revisiting the case of deposed Judge Galeano (i.e.: involving the Iranian car bomb, in a vehicle driven by a Lebanese suicide bomber, who the Mossad says was a member of Hezbullah), Nisman sought the extradition of six Iranian government officials, and asked Interpol to issue orders to detain a number of them (including former Iran President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani).


The Tehran government responded: that is all well and good, but where is the evidence? Meanwhile, Interpol had already suffered embarrassment after the arrest in London of Hadi Soleimanpour, former Iranian ambassador to Argentina, who was detained by Scotland Yard and later released for a lack of evidence.


In early December 2008, members of the American Jewish Congress (recall that this group lobbied the U.N. Security Council to impose diplomatic and financial sanctions on Iran) returned to Buenos Aires to meet with President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner [wife of deceased Nester Kirchner]. And in July 2009, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was present at a ceremony commemorating the bombing.

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In her address to the opening of the U.N. General Assembly (9/21/11), President Fernandez Kirchner continued to push for cooperation between Iran and the Argentine judiciary [watch video below]. Meanwhile, a former diplomat and opposition legislator from the Menem Administration, Diego Guelar (who later became foreign secretary), published an article recommending that Argentina cut all diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran.



In short, concern continues to sieze the Jewish community in Argentina. The only speaker at the official July 18 ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attack was AMIA President Guillermo Borger. Meanwhile, organizations like the APEMIA [The Association to Expose the Impunity of the AMIA Slaughter, a group seeking further investigation into the terrorist attacks] paid their respects at their own memorial event in part by criticizing those running the AMIA and DAIA.


Borger insisted that the memorial event was not political. But when President Fernandez Kirchner declined to participate because of a trip to Bolivia, he condemned the government in La Paz [Bolivia] for recieving Iran's defense minister as an honored guest. And with malice he added: "We are surprised and offended that some choose to defend Iran."


The refusal to allow family members of the victims to speak was no accident. Last year, speeches made by Borger contained a plethora of accusations against Commissioner Jorge Fino Palacio (the former head of the United Antiterrorist Unit of the Federal Police, who is under investigation for undermining the case). Former right-wing Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri had planned to appoint Fino Palacio as chief of police. In July 2011, Macri admitted that appointing Fino Palacios was to be done on the “... recommendation of the CIA and Mossad.”


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Among the Argentine public, there is a growing sense that Washington and Tel Aviv have turned the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association into just another instrument in the fight against terrorist states. Should the Court find that there was no impunity [on the part of the Argentine authorities], Attorney General Nisman commented that the people already know what happened in the attack, and that, “... it will be up to the international community to demand answers from Iran.”


In short: if the Argentine government issues clear charges against Iran, then the United States and Israel will be cleared of any criminal responsibility or concealment of the facts. Because after all, Iran is guilty ... right?





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