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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Iranian wrestler ordered to throw bout to avoid facing Israeli

(JTA) – An Iranian wrestler acknowledged that he threw a bout at an international championship competition where he was favoured for a gold medal rather than face an Israel challenger in the next round.

Alireza Karimi-Mashiani, 23, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency that when his coaches told him he would have to throw his match against Russia’s Alikhan Zabrailov “the world came crashing down on my head. All the hassles and tribulations that I had suffered for many months in training and away from my family in the hope of winning the gold medal passed in front of my eyes.” [Read more…]

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Iran and Iraq reject Israel’s offer of aid for earthquake victims

An Iranian woman and child walking in rubble of their home in the village Kouik near Sarpol-e Zahab two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq . (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
An Iranian woman and child walking in rubble of their home in the village Kouik near Sarpol-e Zahab two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq . (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

An Iranian woman and child walking in rubble of their home in the village Kouik near Sarpol-e Zahab two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq . (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israel offered humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake that killed hundreds of people in Iran and Iraq, but was turned down.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told North American Jewish leaders gathered in Los Angeles Tuesday that he was motivated to direct the aid by photographs of the devastation caused by Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake which killed at least 530 people in Iran and several in Iraq. [Read more…]

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U.S.-Russia cease-fire could reportedly leave Iran-backed forces within three miles of Israel’s border

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian-backed forces in Syria could reportedly remain as close as three miles from Israel’s border under a recent cease-fire agreement reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

An Israeli official said militias allied with Iran would be allowed to maintain positions as close at three to four miles to some parts of the border while being pushed up to around 19 miles away in others, Reuters reported Monday. The positions of the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime will affect the arrangements, the anonymous official said. [Read more…]

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Hamas leader visits Iran, defying Israel’s conditions on Palestinian unity

(JTA) – A top Hamas official defiantly rejected Israel’s conditions for recognizing Hamas-Palestinian Authority unity, noting that the very act he was committing – an official visit to Iran – went against the conditions.

“Our presence in Iran is the practical denial of the third precondition – cutting ties with Iran,” said Saleh Arouri, the deputy chief of the terrorist organization controlling the Gaza Strip, according to Reuters, which quoted Iranian news wires. [Read more…]

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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…]

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