Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, appeals court confirms

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered as a direct consequence of his accusation against former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing, a federal court ruled.

The Argentinean Federal Chamber of Appeals on Friday backed the federal judge who is leading the investigation, Julian Ercolini, who ruled last December, more than two years after Nisman death, that it was a murder and not a suicide. [Read more…]

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A quiz show in Argentina asked ‘which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?’ But it didn’t know the answer

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – A television quiz show in Argentina experienced a confusing moment in the final round of competition when it asked: “Which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?”

With a new car on the line, Guido Kaczka, celebrity host of “La Tribuna de Guido,” or “The Panel of Guido” on national television Channel 13, on Thursday evening during the live broadcast called for a surprise commercial break. The break came after contestant Lucas answered “Israel,” but went on to clarify that this is disputed “especially since the United States recently declared that Jerusalem is the capital.” His competition, Rocio, had previously guessed that the answer was Iran.

Kaczka, who is Jewish, announced the unscheduled commercial break, saying that the production team needed to consider the issue and determine the correct answer. [Read more…]

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Israel and Argentina to ‘turn friendship into business’ starting with more kosher meat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)

(JTA) – Argentina will export more kosher frozen beef to Israel, following an official visit of the country’s vice-president.

Gabriela Michetti on Sunday completed an official visit to Israel with an economic team of vice-ministers to turn the good relations between both countries “to concrete economic improvements,” she told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting last week. [Read more…]

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Argentina passes law to hold annual memorial day for ’92 Israeli Embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The Argentina Senate passed a law for an annual memorial day remembering the 1992 terror attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The law passed unanimously by the upper house of parliament on Wednesday also calls for a week of events surrounding the March 17 day of remembrance to raise awareness about the consequences of global terrorism. [Read more…]

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Spain’s former attorney general accuses Israel, Argentine Jews of killing his successor

BUENO AIRES (JTA) – A former Spanish government official has accused Israel and Argentine Jewry of being behind the untimely death of Spain’s attorney general while on a working trip to Argentina.

Spanish Attorney General José Manuel Maza, 66, died Nov. 19 after being taken to a hospital in Buenos Aires, where he was attending an international law conference, with a kidney infection. [Read more…]

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Investigate Nisman’s death as a homicide, Argentine prosecutor orders

Alberto Nisman speaking at a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 20, 2009. (Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

Alberto Nisman speaking at a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 20, 2009. (Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The Alberto Nisman case must be investigated as a murder, according to the special prosecutor looking into the death of the special prosecutor in the 1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing.

Prosecutor Eduargo Taiano on Wednesday also identified a suspect in the case: Diego Lagomarsino, an IT employee in Nisman’s office. [Read more…]

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Argentine Jewish businessman, four friends among dead in NYC terrorist truck ramming

Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)
Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)

Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Five of the fatalities in the terrorist truck-ramming attack in New York City on Tuesday afternoon were Argentine tourists celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, including one Jewish businessman.

At least eight people were killed and about a dozen injured when a truck rammed into a crowd on a bike path in downtown Manhattan in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called “an act of terror.” [Read more…]

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