Obama urged to meet victims of attacks on Jewish/Israeli sites in Argentina

The aftermath of the 1994 bombing on Argentina's AMIA Jewish center. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Members of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs this week sent a letter to President Barack Obama, ahead of his upcoming trip to Argentina, requesting that he visit and pay tribute to the victims of terror attacks on Jewish and Israeli sites in Argentina during the 1990s.

U.S. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)—the committee’s chairman and ranking member, respectively—asked Obama to “pledge to help bring those responsible to justice.”

“The attacks that targeted the Israeli Embassy on March 17, 1992, and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) on July 18, 1994, were the deadliest in the country’s history,” the letter said. “Recognizing the victims and pledging assistance would send an important signal that the U.S. will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Argentina to fight terrorism.”

Iran and its proxy, the Hezbollah terror group, have been linked to both attacks. The attacks killed a combined 114 people and injured hundreds more.

Posted on March 3, 2016 .