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Argentina Banned Hezbollah a Year Ago. Latin America Must Follow

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

By Miguel Bronfman -

For over a quarter of a century, Argentina’s Jewish community has been seeking justice for victims of Hezbollah’s terrorist bombings in Buenos Aires in the 1990s. Advocate Miguel Bronfman, who represents the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), explains how the Argentine government was convinced of the threat the radical organization poses to the country, and reflects on the difficulties of purging the continent of its presence. 

On the afternoon of March 17, 1992, a powerful car bomb exploded outside the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reducing it to rubble and destroying a church and a nearby school as well. Four Israelis and 25 Argentinians were killed, and more than 200 people were injured. Two years later, on July 18th, 1994, another car bomb exploded in front of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds more. It was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack since World War II. 

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