South America

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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'Israel funded Argentina in Falklands war'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

A new book claims the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin supported emergency arms shipments to the Argentine military at the height of the Falklands War.

It is claimed that Mr Begin's supposed hatred of the British from his days fighting the pre-independence mandate led to the move.

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Colombia hailed for caution on Palestinian state

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has praised the "friendship and courage" of Colombia's president after he announced that he would not recognise a unilaterally declared Palestinian state before a peace settlement with Israel was reached.

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Claims of Argentina-Iran deal on Jewish centre bombing case

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

Israel has demanded a response from Argentina’s foreign minister to allegations that he agreed to abandon the investigation into Iran’s role in the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre, in return for favourable trade links.

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Netanyahu to Chilean miners: welcome, come back for the barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the Chilean miners for their “strength and faith” during their time trapped below the desert as they came to the end of a week - long trip around Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister also invited the South Americans back in 13 years' time to mark the “barmitzvah” of one of the miners’ sons, who earlier this week was baptised in the Jordan River.

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Chilean miners arrive in Israel with wives and girlfriends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

The Chilean miners have landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

Four months after they were rescued from a collapsed mine in the Atacama Desert, 31 of the 33 men , and their partners, have arrived for a tour of Israel.

The visit, organised by Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov just days after the men were saved, has been labelled “the pilgrimage of thanks in the Holy Land”.

Mr Misezhnikov said he offered them the free holiday in tribute to their “bravery and strength of spirit”.

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