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Argentine Jewish organizations slam President Correa ‘disdainful words’ towards terrorist attacks’ victims

Wednesday, December 5th 2012 - 17:20 UTC
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The Ecuadorean president was recognized in Argentina with a journalism award The Ecuadorean president was recognized in Argentina with a journalism award

Argentine Jewish organizations strongly criticized Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa after he defended the Iranian government, comparing the 85 people killed in the 1994 AMIA attacks in Buenos Aires with the victims of “NATO bombings in Libya” in 2011.

Correa made the statements on Tuesday in Buenos Aires, before the Ecuadorean leader was recognized with the Rodolfo Walsh award, given to him by La Plata University, a prize previously awarded to Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and Bolivia President Evo Morales.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, the global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, accused Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa of “justifying” the terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish community centre which killed 85 people and left hundreds injured and maimed in 1994.

“Correa’s disdainful words against the victims of the terrorist attack sponsored by Iran, speaks for itself.

“By engaging in an anti-imperialist demagogue speech, he has justified a massacre that took place in Buenos Aires,” Shimon Samuels said, international relations director for the organization.

Similarly, the head of the DAIA Jewish community umbrella organization also showed their “regret” for the comments made by the Ecuadorian leader. The president of the organization Julio Schlosser said that the statements were “unfortunate” and remarked that the Argentine government should make a public declaration over the situation.

Ecuador has very close trade and political links with Iran and is a strong critic of US ‘imperialism’ and western foreign policy.

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  • Shed-time

    Now, I'm against any form of terrorism, including the Stern Gang/Lehi who receive constant praise, medals of honour, state funerals and monuments within Israel for effectively bombing innocent people, mainly British.

    Many many Argentinian Jews, such as Timmerman, support La Campora, a state sponsored terrorist group, and the 'Front for Victory' a party pushing kirchnerism, a ideological framework built upon the works of Adolf Hitler himself, who we all know loved Jewish people, homosexuals and gypsies.

    Then they get upset about someone being a friend of Iran? Am I missing something?

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 05:39 pm 0
  • reality check

    If the jewish community think that KFC is going to say anything about Correas vitriolic crap, they are mistaken. Sadly!

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 05:41 pm 0
  • Simon68

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    Dec 05th, 2012 - 05:39 pm

    No sir, very few Argentine jews support La Campora or CFK, Timerman is a shamefull blot on the Argentine jewish escutcheon, especially as his father was a hero of opposition to the military government of 1976-1983!!!!!!

    Dec 05th, 2012 - 05:51 pm 0
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