South America

Iran has 'blood on its hands' over 1994 Argentina blast

By Jamie Michaels, July 17, 2012

Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the fatal bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eighty-five people were killed by the blast with hundreds wounded.

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Search suspended for oil tycoon lost at sea

By Jennifer Lipman, June 25, 2012

The mother of a wealthy Brazilian businessman who went missing last week has applied to seize control of his fortune.

The search for Guma Aguiar, a multi-millionaire energy tycoon, has reportedly been called off, five days after he was last seen.

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Congressman intervenes over jailed Jew in Bolivia

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

Bolivian ministers have promised to look into the case of an Orthodox Jewish businessman who is being held in Palmasola prison without charge.

New Yorker Jacob Ostreicher has been incarcerated for a year, despite denying the accusations against him.

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Brazilian Jews urge president to avoid Ahmadinejad meeting

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2012

Delegates representing Brazilian Jews have called on the nation's president not to meet Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his upcoming visit to the country.

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Argentina: Get ready to tango

By Anthea Gerrie, June 2, 2012

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to spot a row of Israeli flags lining an entire city block in the Argentine city of Mendoza. After all, Argentina has the world’s sixth largest Jewish population, even if most live in the capital Buenos Aires.

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Solidarity rally for Orthodox Jew held in Bolivian jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Hundreds of members of New York's strictly Orthodox community gathered last week to highlight the inaction over the plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge.

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Rally to support Orthodox man jailed in Bolivia

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge is to be highlighted with a rally in New York later today.

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Argentina Israel embassy attack marked 20 years later

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

Argentina's Jewish community is this weekend marking 20 years since the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

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Israeli backpacker escapes jail over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

An Israeli backpacker has accepted a deal to pay £6,300 compensation to a Chilean environmental group after he was arrested for causing a devastating forest fire.

The money will be used to fund the purchase of 50,000 trees for the Chilean forestry agency to plant.

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Chile forest fire arrest revives old anti-Jewish theories

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

Antisemitic conspiracy theories have appeared on Chilean websites following the arrest of an Israeli tourist in connection with a devastating forest fire.

Rotem Singer, 23, has been questioned by police for allegedly starting the blaze at the Torres del Paine national park by failing to extinguish burning toilet paper.

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