The Lower House of Argentina’s National Congress has passed a bill declaring March 17 as a new Day of Remembrance and Solidarity marking the 1992 terror attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.
In that attack, 29 people lost their lives and 242 others were injured.
The bill also officially recognizes a ruling by the Argentine Supreme Court in 1999 that determined the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah terrorist organization, were responsible for the attack.
The legislation is the result of the improved diplomatic ties between Israel and Argentina; recently-elected President Mauricio Macri is considered a friend of the Jewish State and warmly welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Argentina during the Israeli leader’s recent state visit to the country.
If passed by Argentina’s Upper House, the bill will also require schools in all provinces in the country to include educational activities dedicated to teaching students about the consequences of global terrorism, and encouraging a dialogue of peace and non-violence.
The bill was promoted by Israeli Ambassador to Argentina Ilan Sztulman, and the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires.