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25 years ago today, on 18 July 1994 at 9:53 A.M., a huge explosion rocked the city of Buenos Aires - the second murderous attack against Israeli and Jewish targets in Argentina in two years.

July 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the murderous attack carried out against the Jewish community center AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) in Buenos Aires, on 18 July 1994. It was the second attack against Jewish and Israeli targets on Argentinian soil – the attack on the Israeli embassy took place only two years previously.

Tragically, 85 people lost their lives in the AMIA attack, and hundreds more were injured.

The sorrow and grief caused by this attack is compounded by the fact that those responsible for this horrifying act, as for the one preceding it, have not yet been brought to justice. After years of investigation, the Argentinian magistrate concluded in 2007 that Iran was behind the attack and responsible for dispatching the murderers.

The government of Argentina appealed to Interpol to issue arrest warrants for a number of suspects, and this appeal was approved by the Interpol General Assembly. Israel condemns Iran for its responsibility for terrorist attacks around the world and for funding, instructing, training and arming terror organizations and for threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

At this difficult hour, the people and government of Israel identify with the bereaved families, with the Jewish community in Argentina and with all the people of Argentina. Concurrently, we would like to congratulate the Jewish community, which has managed to recover from the tragic event, to restore the community and maintain firm ties with the State of Israel. Furthermore, we endorse the Argentinian government's efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

Photo  AMIA website

 

 

 

On Thursday November 2, 250 aspiring diplomats participated in BashaerMUN, Debate for Peace’s opening Model United Nations conference of the year. The conference was hosted by the Bashaer School for Science in Sakhnin, and co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The terrorists worship death. They murder indiscriminately, but they will not frighten us. They will not terrorize us. They will only harden our resolve to defeat them. And together we will defeat them faster.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 4 June 2017), delivered the following speech at the ECOWAS Africa-Israel Summit in Monrovia, Liberia:

Radicalization, religious approaches to gender equality and LGBT tolerance: these issues are all immensely relevant, yet have received inadequate discussion in the halls of the United Nations. On Monday July 17th, at NAHDAMUN, students from a dozen schools and cities around Israel met to discuss these and other key issues relating to religion and global peace and stability. After hours of intensive debate and negotiations, some resolutions passed, one was vetoed, and the best performers received awards for their diligence.

On the last weekend in April 2017, nineteen teenagers from all over Israel made history. The students, from Gan Yavne, Qalansawa, Modi’in, Taibeh, Gedera and Petah Tiqva, were part of the first Arab-Jewish youth Model UN delegation abroad, to BTMUN, in Botosani, Romania.

The MUN delegation was a joint effort involving the Debate for Peace program and Dr. Dalia Fadila’s Q-School program. Students spent weeks preparing to debate topics such as Kurdish rights to self-determination, the Rohingya Muslims, endangered languages, reliable reporting in an age of “fake news,” and simulated crises like the discovery of an anti-aging elixir. The Israeli delegation represented Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The conference was hosted by the A.T. Laurian High School.