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March 18, 2003

Revisitng the bombing of the Jewish Centre in Buenos Aires in 1994

Its been a long time

In an article entitled How Iran planned the Buenos Aires blast, Ha'aretz reports
Israeli intelligence has uncovered most of the details of Iran's involvement in the July 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that left some 100 people dead and 250 wounded.

The details include an account of a meeting of the Iranian Supreme Council for National Security at which the decision to go ahead with the bombing was made. Israel also has the name of the bomber, Ibrahim Hasin Baro, a Hezbollah man, as well as the transcript of his farewell phone call to Lebanon.

The Argentine government recently released details of its investigation into another terror incident - the bombing of the Israeli Embassy on March 17, 1992, in which 30 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded. That bombing was also conducted by Iranian intelligence services, with Hezbollah playing a key role in its execution. The methods of operation in both cases were the same.

The decision in principle to strike at the Jewish community center was made in August 1993 at a meeting chaired by Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Other participants included President Rafsanjani, Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian, Khamenei's intelligence and security adviser, Muhamed Hijazi, and the country's foreign minister at the time, Velayati.

The meeting was convened because it was to be the second major explosion in the Argentine capital after the embassy bombing 18 months earlier. Israeli intelligence believes the reason Buenos Aires was chosen a second time was because of a deterioration in relations between the two countries at the time. MORE

Rantburg has a series of articles on the bombing and the charge of the diplomats
An Argentine judge has asked Interpol to arrest four IRANIAN officials accused of being involved in a deadly bomb attack on a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994. Judge Juan Jose Galeano ordered their arrest after Argentine intelligence services linked the officials to the bombing, in which 85 people were killed. MORE

The International Policy Institute for Counter Terror in Israel reported two years ago
Seven years after the car-bombing that destroyed the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) Community Center in Buenos Aires, the first trial of suspects in the case is finally about to begin. Twenty people, including five former police officers and a car thief, stand accused of being accomplices to the bombing. However, all the charges are only indirectly connected with the bombing; no one has yet been charged with actually planting the bomb.

Eighty-six people were killed and over 200 more were wounded when an explosion destroyed the seven-story building housing the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association and the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations on July 18, 1994. The blast was later found to have originated in a white Renault van packed with between 100 and 400 kilograms of explosives, which had been parked outside the entrance to the building.

The attack was markedly similar to another attack in Buenos Aires that took place two years previously. In 1992, a car-bomb demolished the Israeli embassy there, killing 29 people. Though the circumstances were similar to the Jewish Community Center bombing, no arrests were ever made in the earlier attack.
I thought justice would never be served. It just goes to show you, there is a G-d.