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Cardin, Rubio Resolution Honors Argentina’s Jewish Community, Victims of Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON –  Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attack against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, and the 32nd anniversary of the bombing of the Embassy of Israel in Argentina, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have introduced a bipartisan resolution reinforcing the commitment to secure justice for the victims of these horrific attacks and the concerning increase of antisemitism worldwide.

“As we honor the victims of the AMIA bombing and the Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, we are faced with the tragic reality that antisemitism is on the rise at an alarming pace around the world,” said Chair Cardin. “As I lead the Congressional delegation later this month to the commemoration of the AMIA attacks, I will reiterate the solemn duty we share to condemn with our words and our deeds all acts of hate and antisemitism wherever and whenever they happen. As we honor the lives lost in these vicious attacks, let us also recommit to continue holding accountable those who seek to terrorize and threaten innocent people in Argentina, in the United States, and around the world.”

"30 years ago, the AMIA Jewish Community Center was the target of a brutal terrorist attack," said Senator Rubio. "Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit the AMIA museum and witnessed firsthand the tenacity of Argentina’s vibrant Jewish community. Our commitment to justice and accountability remains firm.”

In April 2024, Chair Cardin issued a statement after the Supreme Court of Argentina found that Iran was responsible for the attack against the Israeli embassy in Argentina and the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Center.

As home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America, Argentina has endured multiple terrorist attacks orchestrated by Iranian-backed Hezbollah mercenaries. On March 17, 1992, a truck with explosives detonated at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 and wounding more than 200. Two years later, on July 18, 1994, a car bomb exploded at the AMIA Jewish Community Center building in Buenos Aires, killing 85 and wounding more than 300 people. The attack against the AMIA remains the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history.

A copy of the resolution is available here.