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Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Photo: EPA
Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Photo: EPA

Argentina's Jews seek ICC judge's help on AMIA panel

Jewish community in Buenos Aires concerned about Iran's inclusion in probe of 1994 terror attack; enlists help of former Hague prosecutor on the matter

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Published: 02.04.13, 11:40 / Israel News

The Jewish community in Argentina is seeking ways to thwart the deal signed recently between Buenos Aires and Tehran, to jointly probe the 1994 AMIA bombing.


The terror attack on the headquarters of the Argentina Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires left 85 people dead and over 300 wounded.


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According to a Monday report in JTA, DAIA – the Argentinean Jewish political umbrella organization – has enlisted the help of former International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Gabriel Moreno Ocampo to advise it on the matter.  


Scene of the 1994 terror attack (Archives: AFP)


News of Argentina and Iran's collaboration on the probe, officially signed after years of negotiations, vexed both the Jewish community in the argentine capital as well as Jerusalem, which summoned the Argentinean ambassador in Israel for clarification.


The move did not go over well, and Argentine filed an official protest in the matter.


The Jewish community in Argentina'sis also divided on the issue: According to the report, AMIA and DAIA have clashed over the agreement


AMIA originally rejected the agreement, then accepted it and then announced – again – that it was rejecting it.


"You can’t change your mind three times in 72 hours,” DAIA VP Waldo Wolff admonished them.


According to a poll held in Buenos Aires, 85% of the Jews living there do not support the agreement, saying that they believe the memorandum was made to satisfy economic interests - not the interests of justice.


Some 71% said the deal represented a setback in the terror attack's investigation.




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