Three Years After AMIA Bombing, Orthodox Union Distressed by Lack of Progress

Posted on July 10, 1997 In Press Releases

Three years ago on July 18, 1994 the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community building in Buenos Aires shocked the Jewish world. The seven story building which housed all the wings of the organized Jewish community of Argentina was razed by a bomb which exploded right near the AMIA building’s entrance. Nearly 100 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded.

“We continue to be deeply disturbed that investigations in Argentina have yet to produce any significant results,” said Mandell I. Ganchrow, MD, President, Orthodox Union. “Terrorist organizations, backed by Iran, and based in Lebanon continue to be suspect and we are dismayed by the failure to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Betty Ehrenberg, Director of International Affairs, said, “It is impossible to describe the frustration which Jewish communities around the world feel regarding the lack of progress in the investigation of this bombing. Three years have passed and yet the Argentinean government’s failure to make any headway on not only the bombing of the AMIA but also the tragic bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that occurred before continue to remind us of their vulnerability and compound the fear that perhaps such tragedies may occur again. Terrorism has claimed dozens of innocent victims all over the world. International governments and world bodies must finally take the global threat of terrorism seriously enough so that terrorists will be brought to justice and that states that foster and encourage terrorism will be severely punished so that the terrible monster of terrorism can finally be defeated. Justice must not only be demanded but aggressively pursued. Once again, we call on world leaders to set an example and finally bring the criminals to justice. While we acknowledge the difficulty in solving these crimes, nevertheless, the dangerous signal sent to perpetrators that terrorists can continue to act with impunity must be stopped.”