28th anniversary of the car bombing in Buenos Aires

17 Mar 2020 by CST

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the 17 March 1992 car bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 29 people were murdered in this terrorist attack and over 240 injured. The dead included Israeli Embassy personnel, local Embassy employees, elderly residents of a nearby nursing home and children who were passing by in a school bus.

Seven years later, the Argentinian Supreme Courted accused Hizbollah of the attack and issued a warrant against a Hizbollah commander. A subsequent Israeli investigation in 2003 found that Iranian regime leaders had authorised the bombing.

It should also be noted that the 1992 bombing would be repeated in the Hizbollah / Iran 1994 truck bombing that destroyed the AMIA Jewish Community Centre in Buenos Aires, murdering 84 people and having an appalling impact upon Argentina’s Jewish community. This attack was one of the most important learning points for CST in all of its future work with Jewish communities across Britain. It had a similar influence upon many other Jewish communal security efforts around the world.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth