UN marks 25th anniversary of bombing of AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires
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UN marks 25th anniversary of bombing of AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires

World body says it will hold a global conference of terror victims; no one has been convicted in Iranian-orchestrated 1994 bombing that left 85 people dead and hundreds wounded

A ceremony was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York to mark the 25th anniversary of the terror attack on the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. (Courtesy of World Jewish Congress via JTA)
A ceremony was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York to mark the 25th anniversary of the terror attack on the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. (Courtesy of World Jewish Congress via JTA)

The United Nations commemorated the 25th anniversary of the attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina Monday and announced it will hold a global conference of terror victims.

The UN said the aim of the conference will be to come up with concrete recommendations on how member states can deal with terror.

Its undersecretary general of counterterrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, announced the conference at UN headquarters in New York. The conference will bring together victims, member states, experts and civil organizations, according to the announcement.

The announcement came during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the AMIA bombing, one of a series of more than 20 such events being held in major cities around the world.

Monday’s event was organized by the World Jewish Congress and Argentina’s government.

“I stand here today requesting from the Argentina government to continue to seek justice, call for Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, to be brought to justice,” WJC North America Chair Evelyn Sommer said.

A man walks over the rubble after a bomb exploded at the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 18, 1994. (AFP/Ali Burafi)

AMIA President Ariel Eichelbaum evoked a biblical phrase, saying, “justice, justice, you will pursue.”

No one has been convicted in the AMIA bombing that left 85 people dead and hundreds wounded. Argentina’s special prosecutor Alberto Nisman established that Iran orchestrated the attack, implicating several former Iranian officials, and that it was carried out by a Hezbollah suicide bomber. Iran was also implicated in the March 17, 1992 terrorist attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 and injured more than 200.

“The attack wasn’t only a strike against the Jewish community, but against the people of Argentina, freedom and democracy,” Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie said. “We need to fight against anti-Semitism with tenacity.”

The series of AMIA commemorations opened in Santiago, Chile, on June 4 and will continue through July 18, the day of the bombing in 1994, culminating with an official ceremony in Buenos Aires.

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