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Argentine Jewish leader gets police protection following anti-Semitic threat

Letter urges Jorge Knoblovits to leave country; previously threatened when Hezbollah was declared a terror group and in connection with probe into 1994 Jewish center bombing

Jorge Knoblovits heads the Jewish umbrella group DAIA in Argentina. (Screenshot from YouTube via JTA)
Jorge Knoblovits heads the Jewish umbrella group DAIA in Argentina. (Screenshot from YouTube via JTA)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Police are protecting the head of Argentina’s largest umbrella Jewish group after an anti-Semitic letter urging him to leave the country was sent to his office.

It’s not the first time that Jorge Knoblovits has received anti-Semitic messages as head of the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations, or DAIA. But DAIA security recommended that he ask police for assistance in response to this letter.

A recent article in Clarin, Argentina’s largest newspaper, and recent interviews that Knoblovits gave on Argentine TV revealed that he received anonymous threats in 2019 after Argentina declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

He also previously received anonymous messages urging DAIA to remove itself from the complaint that accused former president and current vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of colluding with Iran in the legal case pursuing justice for the victims of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing.

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