UNESCO exhibit about Jews in Israel opens in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A UNESCO exhibition about the Jewish presence in the land of Israel that sparked controversy has gone on display for the first time translated into Spanish.

“People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land,” which was co-created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is on display at the government Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires through March 31. [Read more…]

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Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking 25 years since the bombing, which killed 29 and injured more than 200. [Read more…]

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Pope Francis tells Alberto Nisman’s family that he prays for his memory

(JTA) – Pope Francis told the former wife of the late Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman that he prays for Nisman’s memory and their two daughters.

Sandra Arroyo Salgado, a federal judge in Argentina, asked the pope during their brief audience Wednesday at a hall near the Vatican to “keep praying to find the truth” of Nisman’s still-mysterious death. Salgado told Argentine radio La Red that the meeting she and her daughters had with the pope was “touching and repairing.” [Read more…]

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Tributes to Alberto Nisman express hope that mystery of his death will be solved

People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Two years  after  the  still mysterious  death  of  AMIA Jewish centre bombing  prosecutor  Alberto  Nisman  the  organizers  of   tributes  to  his  memory  appear hopeful that the circumstances of his death will be clarified.

Tributes were held both in Argentina and Israel on Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to be marked as investigation continues

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – The late special prosecutor into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre, Alberto Nisman, will be remembered both in Argentina and Israel on the second anniversary of his still-mysterious death, as the investigation into whether it was a murder or suicide continues.

Federal prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who is investigating the cause of death, reportedly is analyzing whether Nisman’s death occurred on Jan. 18, 2015, the night when the body was found, or the previous day. In that case Diego Lagomarsino, a colleague of Nisman who currently is under investigation for lending Nisman a gun on Jan. 17, could move more into the spotlight since he was in Nisman’s apartment twice that day. [Read more…]

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Argentine graduates’ Nazi salutes provokes brawl with Jewish pupils

(JTA) – Students attending a German-language school in Argentina were accused of offending Jewish counterparts at a resort while wearing fake Hitler mustaches and performing Nazi salutes.

The incident, which escalated into a brawl, occurred Wednesday at a night club at Bariloche, 800 miles southwest of Buenos Aires, according to Argentina’s National Institute Against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia. No one suffered serious injury during the confrontation. [Read more…]

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Israel offers security help as Argentina absorbs 3,000 Syrian refugees

(JTA) – Israel has offered to help with security issues in the absorption of 3,000 Syrian refugees in Argentina.

Five Israeli lawmakers on a mission to Argentina signed an agreement Friday with Argentine Vice-President Gabriel Michetti and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra that stresses co-operation in the fight against terrorism along with the need to address the security needs of the country and its Jewish community.  [Read more…]

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Nisman files to aid new probe of Iran’s role in AMIA bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A federal judge in Argentina agreed to transfer the case file of the late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to another judge who is presiding over a new investigation into the alleged Argentine government plan to whitewash Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

Judge Daniel Rafecas will send the Nisman information to Judge Claudio Bonadio, who is looking into the country’s former foreign minister, Hector Timerman, who is Jewish, for his alleged role in the plan. Bonadio also is investigating ex-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for an alleged 2015 government securities fraud scheme. [Read more…]

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Fathers of AMIA bombing victims added as plaintiffs in Nisman investigation into Iran cover-up

85 people were killed, more than 300 injured, and the AMIA building was destroyed in a bombing, July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

85 people were killed, more than 300 injured, and the AMIA building was destroyed in a bombing, July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aries, Argentina.(Photo: Wikipedia)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The fathers of two AMIA Jewish centre bombing victims have been named as plaintiffs in a case against former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, which could reopen the investigation of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman into a cover-up of Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing.

Nisman was found dead on Jan. 18, hours before he was to present his allegations of a secret deal to cover up Iranian officials’ alleged role in the AMIA bombing to Congress against Kirchner, former foreign minister Hector Timerman and their government. Whether Nisman’s shooting death in his own apartment was murder or self-inflicted has yet to be determined. [Read more…]

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