Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann in film about Nazi’s capture by Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley is in Buenos Aires filming a Hollywood movie about the capture of Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents.

Kingsley, a British actor, is starring in “Operation Finale,” which chronicles the notorious Nazi’s life as Ricardo Klement living in the Argentine capital after World War II and the Mossad operation to capture him. Chris Weitz, a producer and writer known for “Rogue One” in the “Star Wars” series, is the director. Filming will last one more month in greater Buenos Aires area. [Read more…]


Official report finds death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murder, not suicide

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) – AMIA Jewish centre bombing special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was assassinated by two people, who drugged and beat him and then manipulated the crime scene to make it look like a suicide, according to an official report.

The report was submitted Friday to federal Judge Julián Ercolini and prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who are investigating the death of the Argentinean prosecutor. If Nisman’s death is investigated as a murder, IT specialist Diego Lagomarsino would be the main suspect. [Read more…]


Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, Argentine investigators set to claim in new report

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A team of forensic analysts has determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who claimed that the president of Argentina covered up Iran’s role in the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, was murdered and did not commit suicide, the South American nation’s media are reporting.

A new toxicology report on Nisman’s body found traces of the drug ketamine, an anesthetic used on animals, and posited that at least one other person forcefully held him down around the time of his death, the Infobae digital news outlet and the TN cable news network reported Thursday. [Read more…]


Argentina turns over tens of thousands of Holocaust documents to Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – President Mauricio Macri of Argentina gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tens of thousands of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

Digital copies of the documents – mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports – were delivered Tuesday in a box with five discs totaling 5 terabytes of information. [Read more…]


Netanyahu, on first visit to Buenos Aires, says all countries must fight ‘Iran’s terrorism’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Benjamin Netanyahu, making the first visit to Latin America by a sitting Israeli prime minister, spoke out against Iranian terrorism at the sites of two deadly bombings in Buenos Aires.

An hour after his arrival in the Argentine capital on Monday, Netanyahu visited the site of the Israeli Embassy attacked in 1992 to reaffirm the current friendship between the two countries and to denounce Iran. He later visited the AMIA Jewish community centre, where 85 were killed in a 1994 bombing, and also stressed Israel’s bonds with the Jewish community of Argentina. [Read more…]


Netanyahu declared honoured visitor by Buenos Aires city legislature

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was declared an honoured visitor by the Buenos Aires city legislature.

The honour will be bestowed on him on September 12 while he is in Buenos Aires, at the empty town square that marks the place where the Israeli embassy was located until it was destroyed in a car bomb attack in March 1992, which killed 29 people. Netanyahu also will visit Jewish institutions and will honour the victims of the July 18, 1994 terrorist attack against the AMIA Jewish centre that killed 85. Both attacks remain unsolved. [Read more…]


2018 Youth Olympic Games to use Jewish group’s anti-racism in sports program

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The Simon Wiesenthal Center program against racism in sport will be implemented at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Eleven Points Against Racism in Football program works with sports authorities, athletes and referees to stop and prevent racial hatred in athletic events and to use sports as a bond between peoples. [Read more…]


Netanyahu planning landmark visits to Argentina and Mexico

(JTA) – Benjamin Netanyahu is planning trips to Argentina and Mexico in September that would make him the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the region before flying directly to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, according to The Jerusalem Post. He would return to Israel for Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 20. [Read more…]


Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to U.S. Holocaust museum

(JTA) – The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An agreement for this transfer was signed on Friday in Buenos Aires between Argentina´s Secretary of International Cooperation Ernesto Gaspari and USHMM representative Samanta Casareto. [Read more…]