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Occurring suddenly in the midst of Oscar season, the mysterious death of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman is the kind of real-life whodunit that Hollywood producers dream of putting on the big screen. But for those who for more than two decades have sought justice for the 85 people who lost their lives, and for the 300 wounded, in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Nisman's passing makes that search even harder.


He was, in a way, the 86th victim.


Investigating the worst terrorist act committed in the Western Hemisphere before 9/11 required an individual determined to uncover the truth. Nisman proved to be the right man for the job, as it became clear soon after he was appointed special prosecutor in 2005 to probe the AMIA bombing.


He pursued the investigation with tenacity, seeking to identify and bring to justice those responsible for a heinous attack that targeted both Argentina and its Jewish community. Jews and non-Jews alike perished in the leveled AMIA building on July 18, 1994, which came just two years after another fatal terrorist attack struck the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.


Many suspected that Iran and its Hezbollah proxy were behind the attack, but it was not until Nisman led the investigation that progress was finally made. Before then, years of bungling, delays and missteps characterized the official investigation.


In 2007, he released a report detailing the involvement of specific Iranian officials. Interpol found the evidence so compelling that, despite Tehran's strenuous objections, it issued "red notices" for six Iranians, including one who would serve as Iranian defense minister from 2009-2013, and one Hezbollah operative, who was subsequently killed in Lebanon. However, though several of the Iranians have traveled freely outside Iran, none have been apprehended.


Five years later, Nisman released another penetrating report showing that Iran had set up terror cells in several Latin American countries, using mosques, businesses and its own embassies to provide legal cover. For Nisman, the AMIA attack was not about Argentina alone, but a harbinger of a much larger threat to the region emanating from Tehran.


His inquiries also probed suspicions of Argentine complicity in the terror attack and in attempts to obstruct his investigation. He opposed a bizarre 2013 agreement between Argentina and Iran jointly establishing a "truth commission" that would look into the AMIA case. Many critics agreed with him, objecting to it as a transparent scheme to derail the criminal investigation — it would have entailed withdrawal of the "red notices" against the Iranians — and Nisman appealed successfully to an Argentine federal court to declare the truth-commission deal unconstitutional.


Nisman was indefatigable. A few days before his death, he presented to an Argentine court a 300-page document accusing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of conspiring to cover up for former Iranian officials accused of being involved in the deadly attack.


His steely resolve to answer questions about the AMIA bombing led to death threats over the years. Yet he showed no signs of fear, expressing determination to fight to the end.


The timing and circumstances of his untimely death raise many questions, which must be fully — and transparently — investigated. Nisman was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound just hours before he was scheduled to brief Argentine parliamentarians about the evidence he had collected against the president and foreign minister.


Clear answers about his death are absolutely needed, even if, like the AMIA investigation itself, the chances of getting a full, credible explanation are highly uncertain. At the same time, the investigation he admirably and courageously led cannot be allowed to falter and fade away. For the victims, the survivors and their families, next July will mark 21 years of justice delayed and, therefore, justice denied.


Shockingly, after more than 20 years, not a single person has been convicted for the AMIA bombing. Alberto Nisman, a principled man who sought justice, was determined to change that, yet he is now suddenly dead. The fight for justice for the AMIA victims cannot be allowed to die with him.


David Harris is executive director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Dina Siegel Vann is director of AJC's Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs.

 

 

 

Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.

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President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

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