TORONTO, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - On July 18, 1994, terrorists murdered 85
and wounded hundreds more in a bombing targeting a Jewish community
centre in Buenos Aires - the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina
(AMIA) building. Authorities have since blamed Hezbollah for carrying
out the attack on orders from the Iranian regime. To this day, not a
single individual has been convicted for what is considered the
deadliest bombing in Argentina's history.
To mark the 18th anniversary of the attack, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for
Israel and Jewish Affairs, made the following statement:
"Today, we remember the victims of the AMIA bombing, who were targeted
for a horrific attack simply because they were Jews. In honouring their
memory, we reaffirm our solidarity with the Jewish community of
Argentina - and our commitment to standing with Jewish victims of
terror around the world.
"It is an outrage that after nearly two decades the perpetrators of this
atrocity have not yet been brought to justice. Moreover, intelligence
and media reports reveal ongoing efforts by Iran and Hezbollah to
target Jews around the world - including throughout North America.
Today's anniversary serves as a solemn reminder for Jewish communities
to be vigilant in securing our institutions from threats, even in safe,
advanced democracies like Canada."
As the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada, the Centre for
Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization that creates
and implements strategies for the purpose of improving the quality of
Jewish life in Canada and abroad, increasing support for Israel, and
strengthening the Canada-Israel relationship.
SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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