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Memorial to Alberto Nisman to be consecrated in northern Israel

Monument in memory of Argentine prosecutor, who traced Buenos Aires bombing to Iran, to be unveiled in Nahariya

A vigil in Buenos Aires on the first anniversary of Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death, January 18, 2016. (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A vigil in Buenos Aires on the first anniversary of Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death, January 18, 2016. (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A monument to assassinated Argentinian Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman will be erected in the northern town of Nahariya on Wednesday, on the second anniversary of his death.

Nisman was found dead on January 18, 2015, just days after accusing then-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

The bombing of the AMIA center killed 85 people and wounded hundreds of others. Iran has denied any connection with the attack and declined to turn over the suspects in the case.

The country’s top criminal tribunal accepted a request by a delegation of Argentine Jewish associations to reexamine the charge Nisman made on January 14, 2015, against Kirchner; her foreign minister, Hector Timerman; and other officials in her government.

Nisman, who had traced the AMIA bombing to orders issued in Iran, and identified the suicide bomber as a Hezbollah member, was found dead with a gunshot to the head four days later. Authorities never determined if he was killed or took his own life.

The Argentinian artist Israel Ghelman designed the memorial, which is shaped like a Star of David balancing on the scales of justice. The organizers claim it is the only memorial to Nisman in the world.

Ghelman told the AJN Agencia de Noticias news site that the inspiration for the monument was a line from the early Talmudic text the Mishnah, according to which “the world exists on three pillars: justice, truth and peace.” Ghelman said the phrase “guided me in the elaboration of the project of the monument, because it personifies the courageous conduct of the prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who put his life at stake fighting for the truth.”

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