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Israel to mark 20 years since bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center on Memorial Day

By Mason White 2:47 PM May 1, 2014
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By: Aryeh Savir
A memorial for the 20th anniversary of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center bombing will be held on Israel’s Memorial Day, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The annual ceremony in memory of victims of anti-Semitic incidents and terror attacks around the world that takes place on Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day, will mark twenty years since the murderous terror attack at the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed.

Representatives of the Jewish community of Argentina, will attend the ceremony, and relatives of two of the victims – Andrés Gustavo Malamud, 37, and Silvana Alguea de Rodríguez, 28, will kindle a memorial flame.

On July 18, 1994, a Hezbollah terrorist detonated a massive car bomb in front of the AMIA Jewish community center in central Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300, most of them Jews. It was one of two major terror attacks targeting Jews and Israelis in Argentina in the 1990s.

Two years earlier, in March 1992, an attack at the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, caused the deaths of 29 people and injured 242. The ceremony will take place under the auspices of The Jewish Agency for Israel, the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), Keren Hayesod-UIA, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA (UIAC).

The Ambassador of Argentina to Israel, Carlos Faustino Garcia, Executive Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, AMIA Secretary-General, Mario Sobol, and other world Jewish leaders will attend the ceremony. According to Jewish Agency figures, some 200 Jews have been killed in terror attacks around the world since Israel’s establishment.

The ceremony will feature a Star of David-shaped memorial column bearing the names of Jews murdered in anti-Semitic attacks around the world.