Jan. 28, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC, the global advocacy organization, is deeply dismayed by
's decision to establish with
a "truth commission" to investigate the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in
"The idea of establishing a 'truth' commission on the AMIA tragedy that involves the Iranian regime would be like asking Nazi
to help establish the facts of Kristallnacht," said AJC Executive Director
. "It is offensive not only to the families of the 85 murdered and hundreds wounded, but to the entire Argentine nation which for more than 18 years has sought justice."
thoroughly investigated the bombing, and based on the government special prosecutor's report Interpol has sought since 2007 six Iranian officials, including the current defense minister in connection with the attack. Further, Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
had vowed repeatedly to apprehend and try those responsible for the terror attack.
The "truth commission" agreement was signed in
by Iranian Foreign Minister
Ali Akbar Salehi
and Argentine Foreign Minister
. The two had met for the first time in September in
during the UN General Assembly session, and again in
earlier this month to discuss the AMIA case.
's complicity in the attack and lack of cooperation with
to bring justice is enormously frustrating," said Harris. "But the Argentine government's acquiescence in this charade called a truth commission is inexplicable and will fundamentally undermine the efforts of Special Prosecutor
and Interpol to bring justice."
AMIA is a longstanding AJC international partner. AJC has stood at the side of the local Jewish community from the first moments of the tragedy in 1994, when an AJC group traveled to
, calling for justice and returning at least annually since. At the same time, AJC has been warning about the concerted Iranian attempt to gain a bigger foothold in the Western Hemisphere.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee