South America

Israel offer aid as tourist questioned over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

The Israeli foreign ministry has offered condolences to Chile after part of a national park was damaged in a forest fire.

The damage to the Torres de Paine National Park, in southern Chile, has been severe and the park remained closed to visitors on Tuesday.

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Argentina approves terrorism crackdown

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

Argentina’s senate has approved a set of tough new laws to target terrorism in the country, 17 years after 85 people died in an attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

The new laws, which have been criticised by human rights groups because they could enable the government to take on political opponents, were agreed on after three hours of debate.

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Body of missing hiker found in Ecuador

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

The body of a German Jewish backpacker has been found in a river in Ecuador more than a week after he went missing while on a hike.

Friends and family of Jonathan Simon, from Munich, launched an internet campaign to help with the search. More than 4,300 people joined a Facebook group, while alerts were posted on travel forums such as Trip Advisor.

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Nobel Peace Prize hopes for Daniel Barenboim

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim is set to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr Barenboim and Palestinian intellectual Edward Said created the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 12 years ago. The interfaith effort, which brought together Israeli, Palestinian and Arab musicians, won praise around the world.

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Uruguay responds to Iranian ambassador's Holocaust claims

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

Uruguay's government has condemned Iran's ambassador to the South American country following statements in which he denied the facts of the Holocaust.

Hojatollah Soltani said last week that "it is said that during that war the Nazis killed two million, four million, six million...there are different figures on the Jews' news."

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Iran offer help with Buenos Aires bomb probe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

Iran has offered to aid the investigation into the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, 17 years after the attack.

Argentinian prosecutors have long implicated Iran in the AMIA blast, which left 85 people dead and 300 people with injuries. But although six Iranians are on Interpol's most wanted list for suspected involvement, no arrests have been made.

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Buenos Aires rabbi wins parliament seat

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

A rabbi who has worked tirelessly for justice for the victims of the Buenos Aires Jewish centre bombing has been elected to the city's parliament.

Rabbi Sergio Bergman, who won with three times more votes than the second-placed candidate, is the founder of Active Memory.

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Compensation for families for Buenos Aires Israeli embassy blast

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Argentine lawmakers have unanimously agreed to pay compensation to the relatives of those killed in a suicide bomb attack on the Buenos Aires Israeli embassy nearly two decades ago.

The 1992 attack left 29 people dead and more than 200 people injured. It remains one of the most severe attacks yet on an Israeli embassy.

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Tension as Bolivia hosts Iranian terror suspect wanted by Argentina

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Bolivia's foreign minister has issued an apology to Argentina after inviting a wanted Iranian terror suspect to an official ceremony.

David Choquehuanca offered his "deepest apologies" to his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman for hosting Iran's defence minister at an event on Tuesday.

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Google gagged: Injunction won over antisemitic websites

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

The umbrella group for Argentinean Jewry, the DAIA, has won an injunction against internet giant Google demanding that it stop recommending antisemitic websites to browsers.

Google operates a "suggested search" function, drawing users' attention to popular or relevant sites.

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