May 19, 2013
Call for justice marks 20th anniversary of Israeli embassy attack
As the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack approaches, Argentines and Israeli gathered to honour the 29 victims of the 1992 car bombing at the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Vice-President Amado Boudou was present at the ceremony as acting President and assured that “it was an attack against 40 million Argentines.”
The ceremony was marked by the call for justice as the deadly attack remained unsolved and the perpetrators remain free twenty years later.
Vice President Amado Boudou and Justice Minister Julio Alak attended the ceremony as President Cristina de Kirchner is in an official visit in Chile.
Alak stated in his speech that the attacks to the Israel Embassy and the AMIA Jewish Community Centre “are a deep wound in the Republic” and highlighted that currently Argentina “is a committed in the fight against international terrorism.”
General Deputy Director of Israel’s Foreign Office Daniel Carmon assured that “Iran is the main responsible” of the attack.
The bombing claimed the lives of 29 Israelis and Argentines wounding over 220. The bombing is believed to have been planned and executed by Hezbollah with Iranian support.
The main ceremony is being held at the Israeli Embassy today, although the attack’s anniversary is tomorrow, due to the Jewish Sabbath.
A similar attack was carried at AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires two years later claiming 85 lives.