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  • Embassy blast remembered, but the case remains unsolved

    BUENOS AIRES, March 18 ( JTA) — The ceremony has become all too familiar: Kaddish was intoned, bells were tolled and the list of victims’ names was read aloud. For the seventh time, relatives of the victims joined local Jewish officials to mark the anniversary of the March 17, 1992, bombing of the Israeli Embassy…

  • Argentine case to be tried under new hate crime law

    BUENOS AIRES, April 28 (JTA) — Late at night on July 1, 1995, Claudio Salgueiro was looking for cigarettes near his house in the comfortable middle- class neighborhood of Belgrano. He heard a voice calling out, “Hey you, yid.” Salgueiro, who is not Jewish, kept walking. Suddenly, a fist landed hard on his face. Salgueiro…

  • Argentina says ‘new evidence’ proves Iran behind 2 bombings

    BUENOS AIRES, May 19 (JTA) — Argentina is reducing its diplomatic ties to Iran to a bare minimum, charging Tehran with complicity in the deadly bombings of two Jewish sites here. The charges have created a war of words between the two countries that will likely affect their diplomacy and trade. And it may also…

  • Argentine Jews angry at report on embassy bombing

    BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 26 (JTA) — Argentine Jews reacted with skepticism — and some animosity — to news that Argentina’s highest court believes Islamic Jihad terrorists “might have been involved” in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy here. “It’s very easy to blame Hezbollah or Jihad,” said a Jewish community official. “Israel will like…

  • Argentina jails four neo-Nazis

    BUENOS AIRES, May 28 (JTA) — Four neo-Nazis have been sentenced by an Argentine court for distributing anti-Semitic pamphlets. One of the men, a medical doctor, was ordered to serve 30 months in jail with no parole. His accomplices were each sentenced to two-year suspended terms and ordered to attend a human rights seminar. The…

  • Argentine official blames police for attacks on Jewish cemeteries

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 4 (JTA) — Buenos Aires’ new civilian police chief is blaming policemen for two recent desecrations of tombstones at Jewish cemeteries near here. On Dec. 24, 66 tombs at the La Tablada cemetery were destroyed. Exactly one week later, 22 tombstones were destroyed at a Jewish cemetery located in a suburb of…

  • Argentine official blames police for attacks on Jewish cemeteries

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 6 (JTA) — Argentine Jewish leaders want stiffer criminal penalties for those convicted of cemetery desecrations. The president of the Argentine Jewish umbrella organization DAIA, Ruben Beraja, called on the government to classify cemetery attacks as hate crimes. Under current law, attacks against cemeteries are classified as “vandalism against private property,” but…

  • Argentina announces task force to combat racism and neo-Nazism

    BUENOS AIRES, June 2 (JTA) — Argentina has announced the creation of a task force to combat racist and neo-Nazi groups. According to the plan, the Argentine Federal Police will “study all racist and authoritarian groups” active in Argentina. The creation of the task force, whose mandate includes locating war criminals living in Argentina, comes…

  • Argentine man sues after racial slur

    BUENOS AIRES, June 2 (JTA) — An Argentine Jewish bus driver has suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide after he said he was called a “shitty Jew” by his boss. For the past four years, Eduardo Goesman has worked as a driver on the 111 bus line here. Late in April, he asked to…

  • Argentine flea market vendor selling Jewish bombing relics

    BUENOS AIRES, March 17 (JTA) — “Sure it belonged to those Jews they bombed,” said a vendor in a flea market here. “It’s written funny, in Hebrew.” What he was trying to sell for $10,000 is a large brass plaque bearing a long list of names in Spanish and Hebrew. The twisted plaque, commemorating the…