Alberto Nisman

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Weill


Dear friends,
 
Twenty-one years after the bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, an 86th victim died.  That victim is Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who for years investigated the bombing, the worst terror attack in the western hemisphere before 9/11. 
 
Nisman, 51 was found dead of a gunshot wound on Jan. 18, just hours before he was to present evidence that Argentine President Cristina Kirchner covered up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
 
In 2007, Nisman released a report detailing the involvement of Iranian officials in the attack. None were ever apprehended. Five years later, he released another report showing that Iran had set up terror cells in several Latin American countries, using mosques, businesses and its embassies to provide legal cover. Nisman's investigation also raised questions about Argentine complicity in the attack and in attempts to obstruct his investigation.
 
Meanwhile, Damian Pachter, the Israel-Argentine journalist who broke the story of Nisman's death, has fled for Israel.  He claims to have been "pursued by the Argentine government."
 
Our 200,000 Jewish sisters and brothers in Argentina are furious and perhaps bewildered.  And so are we. How is it possible that two decades after the bombing that no arrests have been made?  There is something foul in Argentina - and that something is an epic lack of justice in a land where the murder of Jews has been met with silence and impunity. 
 
Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Jeffrey Weill