House Passes Deutch Resolution Commemorating 1994 AMIA Jewish Center Bombing
This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Chairman Ted Deutch's (D-FL) resolution commemorating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires and demanding justice and accountability for those responsible for the attack.
The text of the resolution can be accessed here.The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously on June 20, 2019.
This resolution was jointly introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism; Congressman Joe Wilson, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism; Congressman Albio Sires, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade; and Congressman Francis Rooney, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade.
Mister Speaker, I rise today to honor the victims of the 1994 terror attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.
On July 18th, 1994 a terrorist detonated a car bomb into the AMIA building, a Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires - an important part, a central part, of that community. It killed 85 innocent people and injured hundreds more.
This attack, which took place just two years after the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, shook the Argentine Jewish community, the largest in Latin America.
In the 25 years since the attack, the investigations into the AMIA bombing have been marked by long delays and by judicial misconduct, failing thus far to bring justice for the victims, their families, and their community.
Considerable evidence has linked this heinous attack to the terrorist group Hezbollah and its sponsor the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Despite warrants issued by the Argentinian justice system for Iranian and Lebanese nationals thought to be involved in the attacks, and their addition on INTERPOL’s most wanted lists, Iranian and Hezbollah operatives have yet to face accountability for their actions.
We encourage all responsible nations to not allow the perpetrators of this attack to continue to escape justice.
After the previous president of Argentina worked to prevent Iran from being held accountable, prosecutor Alberto Nisman heroically proceeded investigating this bombing, shedding light on the alarming and growing partnership between leaders in Iran and Argentina.
Just one day before he was scheduled to present his latest findings, Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home with a fatal gun shot wound to the head.
We are grateful that President Macri’s government has continued to push for Iranian accountability, and I would like to acknowledge the Ambassador of Argentina who is in the gallery with us today.
Twenty-five years later, Iranian-backed Hezbollah continues to carry out terror operations. Twenty-five years later, anti-Semitism continues to threaten the lives of Jewish communities throughout Latin America, around the world, and even here in the United States.
With this vote, Congress honors the victims of this horrific attack, recalls the brave work by Alberto Nisman who lost his life pursuing justice, and calls for full accountability for those responsible. It has been far too long.
I would like to thank my friend the ranking member Joe Wilson, the ranking member of the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism Subcommittee, and Albio Sires and Francis Rooney, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, for joining me in introducing this resolution.
I urge my colleagues to stand with us against this despicable act of terrorism. And as we recall the victims today, we stand against terror and hatred and anti-Semitism, and we stand for justice.