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Homeland´s New Season References Argentine Jewish Center Bombing

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The third season of the television hit “Homeland” will discuss the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

In the first episode, which is scheduled to air on Sept. 29, CIA agents agree during a meeting on a list of six terrorists who must be captured. A CIA agent presents one of the terrorists, along with a map of Argentina and photos of the AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish center after it exploded on July 19, 1994.

“His name is Maijd Javadi. He is a commander with the Islamic revolutionary guard current deputy minister of his intelligence directory. He hasn’t been seen in public since 1994, when the Mossad identified him as one of the men behind the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people,” he says about the terrorist.

In reality, Maijd Javadi is not one of the suspects in the bombing, but is an Iranian musician.

News about the attack appearing on “Homeland,” which is modeled after a popular Israeli television series, is spreading through Argentinian social media just one week ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, as local political analysts are speculating about whether the country’s president, Cristina Fernandez, will mention the AMIA bombing and the agreement that the country signed with Iran in order to jointly investigate the 1994 attack. The Iranian parliament has not yet ratified the agreement.

BOI Governor Might be Named after Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Following the fiascoes where Netanyahu’s preferred choices for Bank of Israel governors were disqualified or pulled out, after outside forces put pressure on them and exposed some old histories, the Turkel Committee vetted and approved three new candidates for the job, according to Globes.

Retired judge, Yaakov Turkel, called Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday, and informed him that there were no moral or ethical impediments for any of the three current candidates to get the job. The committee reviewed many complaints against all three, by their various critics and detractors.

Netanyahu is expected to announce his choice, either right before, or right after Yom Kippur.

Netanyahu’s preferred candidate is Professor Mario Blejer. He is a former Governor of the Argentine Central Bank. Blejer has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a school which Netanyahu highly admires.

Candidate number two is Professor Zvi Eckstein, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel under former Bank of Israeli governor Stanley Fischer. Fischer did not back Eckstein’s candidacy.

Candidate number three is Victor Medina. He was also a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel.

Argentinian Rabbi Wins Big in Midterm Congressional Primary Vote

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Argentina’s Rabbi Sergio Bergman won the midterm congressional primary elections, his first national test for a seat in the country’s Parliament.

Bergman, who currently serves as a Buenos Aires city lawmaker for the center-right PRO Party, was the candidate who received the most votes for the lower house of the National Parliament in Sunday’s poll, receiving 27.5 percent of the votes. He was followed by the Peronist candidate Juan Cabandie with 18.9 percent.

Though the election was a primary, there was no opposition within each party, so the referendum is a harbinger of the October 27 midterm elections. In Buenos Aires city, the PRO Party is one of the most prominent parties running against the national Peronist government lead by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The rabbi, a member of the Buenos Aires municipal Legislature, will lead the ticket for the center-right PRO Party in Argentina’s national elections as its candidate for the National Lower house. He is the first rabbi to lead a national ticket in Argentina.

Bergman, the senior rabbi of the traditional Congregacion Israelita Argentina, is the founder of Active Memory, a group that demonstrated every Monday for a decade seeking justice for the victims of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Argentine Prosecutor: Iran Running Latin American Terrorist Networks

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Argentine State Prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran on Wednesday of establishing terrorist networks in Latin America dating back to the 1980s and said he would send his findings to courts in the affected countries, Reuters reported.

Nisman presented a 500-page document, with evidence of Iran’s operation of an “intelligence and terrorist network” in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.

Regarding the bombing of the AMIA (Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina) center in Buenos Aires, there are arrest warrants out for nine men, eight Iranians—including Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaie —and one, possibly, Lebanese.

Nisman said new evidence proves beyond reasonable doubt Mohsen Rabbani’s responsibility for the bombing, in his former role as the Iranian cultural attaché in Argentina, and “coordinator of the Iranian infiltration of South America, especially in Guyana.”

Argentina’s Congress this year approved a “truth commission” with Iran, to investigate the AMIA bombing. But many Argentine Jewish leaders feared the commission was only going to undermine the Nisman investigation.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has close ties with other Latin American leaders who are friends of Iran, such as Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, Reuters reports.

Jewish Leaders Praise New Pope

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Jewish leaders praised the new Pope Francis, Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and expressed optimism for an improvement of Vatican-Jewish relations after he was elected Wednesday night to replace Pope Benedict XVI.

“We have every reason to be confident Pope Francis I will be a staunch defender of the historic Nostra Aetate, the declaration on the relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council, which forever changed the relationship of the Catholic Church and the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Bergoglio, 76, a Jesuit, was the choice of the College of Cardinals following two days of voting in Vatican City. He is the first pope to come from outside Europe in more than a millennium; reflecting the changing demographics of Catholics, he comes from Latin America.

Rabbi David Rosen, the director of interfaith affairs for the American Jewish Committee, told JTA that the new pope is a “warm and sweet and modest man” known in Buenos Aires for doing his own cooking and personally answering his phone.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio attended Rosh Hashanah services at the Bnei Tikva Slijot synagogue in September 2007.  Bergoglio told the congregation that he was there to examine his heart “like a pilgrim, together with you, my elder brothers,” according to the Catholic Zenit news agency.

After the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994, he “showed solidarity with the Jewish community,” Rosen said.

In 2005, Bergoglio was the first public personality to sign a petition for justice in the AMIA bombing and was one of the signatories on a document called “85 victims, 85 signatures” as part of the bombing’s 11th anniversary. In June 2010, he visited the rebuilt AMIA building to talk with Jewish leaders.

Israel Singer, former head of the World Jewish Congress, said he spent time working with Bergoglio when the two were distributing aid to the poor in Buenos Aires in the early 2000s, part of a joint Jewish-Catholic program called Tzedaka.

“We went out to the barrios where Jews and Catholics were suffering together,” Singer told JTA. “If everyone sat in chairs with handles, he would sit in the one without. He was always looking to be more modest. He’s going to find it hard to wear all these uniforms.”

Bergoglio also wrote the forward of a book by Rabbi Sergio Bergman and referred to him as “one of my teachers.”

Last November, Bergoglio hosted a Kristallnacht memorial event at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral with Rabbi Alejandro Avruj from the NCI-Emanuel World Masorti congregation.

He also has worked with the Latin American Jewish Congress and held meetings with Jewish youth who participate in its New Generations program.

“The Latin American Jewish Congress has had a close relationship with Jorge Bergoglio for several years,” Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, told JTA. “We know his values and strengths. We have no doubt he will do a great job leading the Catholic Church.”

White Smoke, New Pope

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The Vatican Cardinals have chosen a new pope. The winner is the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (76).

Bergoglio has chosen the name Francis.

Argentinean Jewish FM Slams Israel over Iran Collaboration

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Argentinean Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman hit back at Israeli and Jewish criticism of a joint commission with Iran on the AMIA bombing on his first day of testimony to his country’s Congress.

The AMIA bombing was an attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) building. It occurred in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. It was Argentina’s deadliest bombing ever.

Both houses of the Congress must approve the “truth commission” before it is made active, and Jewish groups were present at the Senate session Wednesday to make clear their opposition.

Timerman argued that the commission was the best avenue to get at the truth of the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires JCC, which killed 85 and injured hundreds.

Dealing with Iran was not “pleasant,” he said in his testimony, “but our goal is advancing the AMIA case. We want to know the truth about the attack.”

Also testifying was Julio Schlosser, the president of DAIA, a Jewish umbrella group, who likened the pact to dealing with Holocaust deniers.

“We reject the memorandum because our counterpart is not dependable,” he said.

Hostility towards the Jewish state is not a new thing to the Timerman family. Héctor Timerman’s late father Jacobo Timerman, Argentine publisher, journalist, and author, was persecuted by the Argentine military regime. After his release from prison in September, 1979, Timerman Sr. was forced into exile and found shelter and hospitality Israel. Then, a year after he published his renowned “Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number,” about his treatment at the hand of the Argentinean Generals, he released “The Longest War,” in which he dumped torrents of rage on his Israeli hosts following the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

Daniel Greenfield wrote earlier this week: “Héctor Timerman has proven to be every bit as cynical, dishonest and shameless as his father. The professional leftist victim has given birth to a professional leftist tyrant. And both father and son are filled with hatred and hostility for Jews and the Jewish State.”

Iran until now has resisted any cooperation with Argentina or international authorities in the bombing.

Timerman quoted Deuteronomy 16:20: “Justice, justice shall you pursue.”

The FM was especially scornful of Israeli criticism of the proposed pact. On January 31, Timerman summoned Ambassador Dorit Shavit for a “difficult, intense and unpleasant” meeting according to Ha’aretz. In the meeting, he “sharply criticized” Israel for interfering in Argentina’s affairs, telling the ambassador Israel’s interest in the bombing “encourages anti-Semitism” by implying Argentinean Jews have conflicting loyalties.

Argentina is home to a Jewish community of 200,000, among the largest in Latin America.

“Israel has no right to ask for explanations. We are a sovereign state,” Timerman said. “Israel does not speak for the Jewish people and isn’t their agent. Jews who wanted and want to live in Israel moved there and became citizens, and those who live in Argentina are Argentine citizens. The attack was against Argentina, and Israel’s desire to be involved in the matter only gives ammunition to anti-Semites who accuse Jews of dual loyalty.”

At his appearance before the Argentine Congress, Timerman said: “Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told me that we cannot sign an agreement with Iran. So maybe he wants us to kidnap the suspects or put a bomb below the car of one of them.”

Some JTA content was used in this report.

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