September 25, 2019

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Resolution in Remembrance of the 25th Anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Community Center Bombing in Argentina

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved their bipartisan resolution in remembrance of the 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The 25th anniversary marked the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history, having resulted in the death of 85 people and wounding more than 300 people.  The resolution was cosponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

“Today’s passage shows our continued commitment to finding justice for victims of terrorist attacks across the world,” said Menendez. “I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue to support the Government of Argentina in their investigation into the event.  Our world has no place for anti-Semitic acts, not then, not now, and not ever.” 

“The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations today is sending a clear message of overwhelming support to the families who were forever affected when Iran-backed Hizballah terrorists bombed the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires, killing 85 innocents and injuring hundreds on July 18, 1994,” Rubio said.  “I thank my colleagues for standing with the Argentine Jewish community in their efforts to seek justice and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this horrific attack.”

On July 18, 1994 the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires, Argentina was the target of a bombing terrorist attack.  An Argentine investigation accused members of the Government of Iran and Hezbollah of carrying out the attack. The resolution calls on President Trump to continue U.S. support for investigative efforts into the event and the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was assassinated while investigating the attack.

The text of the resolution can be found here.

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