Sunday, July 13, 2014

ARGENTINE WORLD CUP TEAM COMMEMORATES AMIA BOMBING


Before today's World Cup final, players on Argentina's national team were photographed holding a banner that read: "The national team does not forget that 17 years ago, 85 people were killed in the bombing of the AMIA. You shouldn’t forget either."
The AMIA Jewish center building was blown up on July 18, 1994, shortly after Brazil became World Cup champions in the finals, hosted that year in the United States.
Among the players featured was Lionel Messi, the Argentine team’s celebrity forward. The banner the players held for the camera also read: “This as an attack against forgetting.”
The AMIA Jewish center building was blown up on July 18, 1994, shortly after Brazil became World Cup champions in the finals, hosted that year in the United States.
Israel and the Argentine justice system, as well as other Western intelligence agencies, have blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the attack, though the Islamic Republic denies any involvement in it. To date, no one has been convicted of the murders.
In May, a federal Argentine court reviewing a request by Jewish community representatives declared unconstitutional an agreement which the Argentine government signed with Iran to jointly investigate the bombing.
Last year, Argentina’s Congress approved the pact at the government’s request despite angry 
reactions by the local DAIA Jewish advocacy group and international Jewish groups, which said the move was judicially and morally flawed.
But the Argentine government defended it as a way to break the impasse which prevented legal action against the suspects who Argentina has sought to try, including several Iranian officials and former officials.
Sources: Times of Israel, AJC Global Jewish Advocacy


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