South America

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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Date set for Chilean miners' Israel tour

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

A date has finally been set for the Chilean miners’ long-awaited visit to Israel.

Soon after “Los 33” were rescued from deep beneath the Atacama desert in October, having survived 69 days below the surface, Israel extended the offer of a “pilgrimage of thanks” to the Holy land.

The Israeli Tourism Minister, Stas Misezhnikov, said when he invited them on the all-expenses paid visit: "Your bravery and strength of spirit, your great faith that helped you survive so long in the bowels of the earth, was an inspiration to us all.”

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On this day: Colombian rebels free Israeli hostages

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010

In September 2003 Beni Daniel, Ortaz Ohayon, Ido Yosef Guy and Erez Altawil – four Israelis in their twenties – were kidnapped while trekking near ancient Indian ruins at Ciudad Perdida.

They were taken hostage by members of Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN), a leftist rebel organisation which had been waging a war against the government of the south American country since the 1960s.

Three others, kidnapped at the same time, had already escaped. But the Israelis, along with 32-year-old Briton Mark Henderson, were not released for another 102.

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