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Buenos Aires Jews Look Ahead with Rebuilding of Headquarters

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In an effort to put the pall of terror behind them, Jewish officials here last week hosted a festive party to mark the start of reconstruction of the Jewish headquarters destroyed last year by a massive bomb blast.

Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin, Israeli Ambassador to Argentina Yitzhak Aviran and representatives of Jewish institutions were among the 200 guests attending the party for the rebuilding of the Argentine Mutual Aid Association, or AMIA, headquarters on Pasteur Street.

The terrorist blast on July 18, 1994, killed 86 people and left at least 300 wounded.

AMIA President Alberto Crupnicoff invited the guests to sign a parchment that was scheduled to be placed under the building’s foundation stone.

AMIA officials also invited the local population at large to add their signatures to the parchment before the foundation stone is put into place later this week.

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