Friday, February 15th 2013 - 05:45 UTC

Argentine Jewish community rejects point blank agreement with Iran; full Senate debate on 21 February

The heads of the AMIA and DAIA Jewish umbrella organizations, Guillermo Borger and Julio Schlosser, strongly rejected the memorandum of understanding signed between Argentina and Iran in order to create a truth commission looking to investigate the 1994 terrorist attack that left over 80 people dead and dozens injured.

Senator Filmus and Foreign minister Timerman and at the tense six hour hearing that left nobody satisfied

 During their contributions to Congress on Wednesday, the Jewish leaders did not accept Foreign minister Héctor Timerman’s statements and repeated they will reject the agreement.

“As it is drafted, we cannot support it,” Schlosser said, and added that their rejection is not based on disagreements with the Government, but on their distrust of Iran as a valid speaker.

At the same time, Borger said “this is not a step forward, it’s a step backward. In any case, if this is a step forward, it’s a step towards a cliff.”

He also ratified his belief that this opens the doors to another attack in Argentina, although he clarified that he has no specific information of a new attack.

Also attending the hearings in Congress was Laura Ginsberg from the Grouping to shed light on the AMIA massacre, who said that the understanding memorandum between Argentina and Iran “is a lie, it’s not going to solve the case, on the contrary it’s going to ensure impunity”.

“What happens if the commission says there is sufficient evidence to sentence? Dead end. And if it states that there is evidence? Iran is going to say that the accused will not move from Iran. And the Argentine government is going to say it did all it could”, said Ms Ginsberg who had serious exchanges with Senator Daniel Filmus chairman of the three commissions plenary (Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Constitutional affairs) and with Miguel Angel Piccheto, President Cristina Fernandez strong man in the Senate.

Senator Piccheto insisted in giving the understanding with Iran a chance, and recalled the Lockerbie case (bombing of a Pan Am Jumbo over Scotland) when UK and the US sat to talk with Libya despite the fact that Muammar Gadaffi was labelled a terrorist.

But Ms Ginsberg, a widow from AMIA, claimed the Argentine government insists in “keeping secret” the archives of the AMIA bombing and the 19 years since then.

“We propose naming a commission, independent from the State that can advance over those responsible, the main responsible, and that is the Argentine state, because the police, the intelligence services, the Judiciary did their most to cover up the attack”, accused Ms Ginsberg.

“I was threatened several times for trying to have access to intelligence services documents, and have been followed because of my activities. The Iranians or Hezbollah had their local accomplices and that is more important to uncover, to bring to light. The complicity of Argentine security and intelligence was horrendous”, added Ms Ginsburg before walking out of Congress.

The plenary with ample government support approved the memorandum of understanding that will now be debated by the whole House next February 21
 

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1 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:33 am Report abuse
Why would CDK do this? Iran is broke after years of sanctions,I hope its not to learn how survive after being cut off from the world.
2 ChrisR (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:08 am Report abuse
@1

Yes, but they have oil and they need food, also they are 'friends' when every other country is distancing itself from AR.

And despite TMBOA going on TV and proclaiming they have increased oil production (from the nadir she put it into) and no longer want foreigners it is crystal clear to anybody with half-a-brain that that is a lie.

AR desperately needs oil for the coming winter: TMBOA hopes Iran will supply it. All she has to do now is:

1) hope the soy and wheat come up to scratch in a timely fashion (could be a problem there);
2) hope they can get around the embargo;
3) hope the refinery staff don’t go on strike;
4) hope she can make it through to next summer without somebody topping her.

That’s a lot of hoping.

Here’s hoping she doesn’t make any of it.
3 Idlehands (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 01:37 pm Report abuse
That is the point I don't get. It seems obvious this is about setting aside their differences so they can trade - but how does CFK expect to get around the embargo?

Any claims that “we are a sovereign nation and can trade with whoever we like” won't wash with the Americans.

It's a fools strategy.
4 troy.tempest1 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 02:28 pm Report abuse
that is a waste of time. jewish people have the option to go back to Israel
JUDIOS ESTUPIDOS
5 spoon (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 02:56 pm Report abuse
well said!
6 surfer (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 04:27 pm Report abuse
#4 Another pathetic Campora attempt to impersonate user.... FAIL
7 Pheel (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:14 pm Report abuse
4 Why do you not emmigrate yourself to a veryveryvery far fairy kingdom?
8 Orbit (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 05:26 pm Report abuse
@6; more to the point it's a perfect crystalisation of Argentine governance today: duplicitous, isolationist, mind numbingly ignorant, xenophobic, ineffective.
9 Pirat-Hunter (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:24 pm Report abuse
Maybe Argentina should sign a lie commission to get AMIA on board. Lol this are signs that illegal occupants and foreigners have more power then citizens and civil servants in Argentina, in USA and Canada this comments would make AMIA a terrorist organization or at the very least enemy of the state. I heard USA wrote laws to expropriate bank accounts and property from Muslim organizations, Argentina should write up its own laws to fight the enemy from within. What's wrong with investigating the truth if CIA, mossad or mi6 had nothing to do with it? Let's not forget who trained armed and supported terrorism in those days. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria are another example for everyone here to analyze before talking trash about Argentina.
#3 embargo? lol I am sure the embargo is a job for USA not Argentina, british ships invade Argentina daily and there's no comments from USA, why would Argentina even consider or participate in a cynical circus?..
10 travellingscotsman (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 12:21 am Report abuse
@ 9 - so jews living in Argentina are illegal occupants is that your point? Why would the USA make the AMIA a terrorist organisation if they made these comments in the US? Illegal occupants and citizens more powerful than civil servants? So the AMIA are not citizens of Argentina? They are not allowed to express an opinion about an event that killed people's loved ones? THe enemy from within? So if you don't agree with a government committee you're an enemy of the state? I don't understand how you can say these things and expect us to take you seriously. RGs talk a lot about the Falklands too and you know what, nobody listens to you then either. Aren't you getting tired of people not taking you seriously when you say stupid, uneducated, racist, and stupid things?
11 LEPRecon (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:57 am Report abuse
@10 travellingscotsman

PH can stand anyone who dares to disagree with his beloved CFK.

This man claims to be a native Amerindian, yet when the native Amerindians in Argentina were protesting against the government, he 'demanded' that they all be rounded up and 'shipped' off to camps.

He is an odious loner, who supports terrorist organisations, and is probably headed for a one way trip to Guantanemo, should ever set a toe out of Canada.

He is, probably, already on a 'no-fly' list.

He will certainly be on the anti-terrorist squads 'keep an eye' on list, and probably on the FBI's radar too.

Although, they probably list him more of a talker than a doer, but on their radar he definitely is.
12 ElaineB (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 11:13 am Report abuse
Jews living in Argentina are Argentines. At one time Argentina had the largest Jewish population outside of the US and Israel. It still has the seventh largest population.

It is interesting that the USP of Argentina's tourism industry is built around the Gaucho. The original gauchos were Russian Jews fleeing persecution, you can see the influence in the Gaucho clothing.

So, the Jewish community that legally settled in Argentina and have been part of the development of the country, there before most of the current leaders of the country, should now leave? They have no right to comment?

@9 PH you are a foreigner to Argentina. You don't live there. I have spent more time in Argentina than you ever have or ever will.

Is there anyone you don't hate?
13 Pirat-Hunter (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 05:18 pm Report abuse
#10 well AMIA doesn't want to hear the truth, all they want is Iran isolation, that's why they hired CIA, mossad or mi6 to do the dirty work for them, and now that Argentina is moving forward with the truth commission they claim foul, jews don't like the truth, propaganda is way better for them, if you didn't know that you're an ignorant.
#11 yes when Chilean natives start a protest in Argentina I want them all deported back to their country. UK doesn't even let Canadian natives into UK. You must agree that we are a lot more tolerant in Argentina, maybe when UK let's natives into UK we might let Chilean protest in Argentina, until then I will cheer for deportation.
#12 I don't hate anyone I just like to tell the truth. And I was all up for a truth seeking commission I don't believe in terrorism outside CIA, mossad and mi6. I know way too much about them to blame AMIA plot on Iran when al-CIA had bin laden on salary bidding in pakistan as he they did in the past. Afghanistan, Iraq, libya and syria terrorism should show you who has the terrorist on salary since 2001. That's why no jew wants a truth commission. The Jewish community support only lies like the WMD, don't you remember? Sorry but I am Argentina 100% and my attitude is all the evidence you need. Lol thanks for playing and try again.
14 yankeeb0y (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 06:14 pm
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16 bdb56 (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
@12elaineb
the jewish, the niggers and brits are not welcome in argentina.full stop
17 Mario Alejandro (#) Feb 20th, 2013 - 01:18 am Report abuse
the jewish living in Argentina have the freedom to return back to Israel.

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