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World Jewish Congress demands end to Iran pact

The executive committee of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) requested that its affiliates around the world “demand that the Iranian government” hand over those accused of organizing the fatal AMIA terrorist bombing which caused 85 deaths, in a meeting held in Paris yesterday.

The committee stated that Jewish communities all over the world “firmly supported the DAIA and AMIA, in their efforts to persuade the Argentine government to annul the memorandum of understanding with Iran.” This memorandum, which was signed last year between both governments with the aim of investigating the case, has hit a road-block after the Iranian government continued to delay its approval in Congress.

The WJC executive committee expressed no doubt that the evidence from past investigations of the tragedy was enough to determine those responsible and the charges against them.

“The Argentine justice system for a long time has presented clear evidence that this terrorist attack was ordered and planned by high-ranking officials of the Iranian government and Hezbollah,” said the committee. It also demanded that the Iranian government turn in the accused, who are wanted by Interpol.

“The Iranian regime promotes terrorism and has continuously refused to co-operate with Argentina in the investigation of this disreputable attack,” said the committee. DAIA Argentine Jewish association umbrella leader Julio Schlosser recalled that next July 18 would be the 20th anniversary since the AMIA terrorist attack. “I explained to them (the WJC committee) that three issues must be addressed — the local connection, the cover-up and the international connection — and they closely paid attention to this and understood why we wanted to include this clause in the resolution,” said Schlosser.

The DAIA leader had high hopes that the resolution would not just be another piece of paperwork but would immediately be put into effect in different countries.“This is the first international action where we are asking for support from Jewish communities and I’m optimistic about the reception we have already obtained because impunity is not good for the international community,” said Schlosser.

Iran agreement

In January 2013, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran to help clarify the terrorist attack, with the aim of giving the Iranian officials accused of having organized the attack the opportunity to give their version of events in a Truth Commission presided by judges from both countries. Congress had quickly approved the accord, with Iran requesting that Interpol remove the suspected diplomats from their wanted list, but that request was rejected.

Various months passed by without any news, and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner recognized a month ago that “Iran was delaying” the controversial memorandum.

The Argentine Jewish organizations have repeatedly requested that the memorandum be quashed but now the WJC has joined the choir asking that its members support the request.

— Herald Staff

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