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  • Netflix acquires original series created by Argentine Jewish filmmaker

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Netflix’s first original series from Argentina will be created and directed by an Argentine Jew who has been described as the “South American Woody Allen.” Daniel Burman, 42, is working with Netflix on “Edha,” a dramatic thriller set in the world of fashion, modeling and music. The series — which centers…

  • 6 ex-presidents of Argentina summoned to testify in copter crash linked to Hezbollah

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Six former presidents of Argentina were summoned to testify in the investigation into the 1995 death of the son of ex-President Carlos Menem after he named Hezbollah as responsible. Judge Villafuerte Ruzo on Wednesday requested the testimony of Fernando de la Rúa, Ramón Puerta, Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, Eduardo Camaño, Eduardo…

  • Argentine president is asked to help nix Iranian terror suspect’s visit to Colombia

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A Jewish human rights group asked the president of Argentina to help prevent a planned visit to Colombia by an Iranian implicated in terrorism. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director of international relations, conveyed the request Thursday in a meeting with President Mauricio Macri at the government palace here. Mohsen Rabbani, a former Iranian…

  • Israel’s humor booth at Buenos Aires Book Fair takes creativity award

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israel’s booth at the Buenos Aires Book Fair dedicated to humor was awarded a prize for “originality and creativity.” A jury made up of officials from the Argentine National Culture Ministry and Buenos Aires city Culture Ministry, design, architecture and fairs-management professionals announced the award on Friday. The Israeli ambassador…

  • University of Chile Law Faculty Student Union approves academic boycott of Israel

    (JTA) — The University of Chile’s Law Faculty Student Union voted to approve a boycott, divestment and sanctions resolution against Israel. The resolution approved a week ago prohibits any academic interaction with the State of Israel or its citizens. The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday urged the University’s rector, Ennio Vivaldi Vejar, to nullify the resolution…

  • First Jewish gay marriage in Latin America held at Argentine synagogue

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The first Jewish same-sex wedding ceremony in Latin America was celebrated at a Buenos Aires synagogue. Victoria Escobar, 36, a convert to Judaism, and Romina Charur, 35, were married on Sunday evening at NCI Emanu El Temple in the Argentine capital. Some 300 guests attended the ceremony, which was officiated…

  • First Jewish gay marriage in Latin America to be held at Argentine synagogue

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A synagogue in Buenos Aires will host the first official same-sex Jewish marriage held in a synagogue in Latin America. The synagogue and Jewish community center NCI-Emanu El and the LGTB organization Judios Argentinos Gay (Jews Argentinian Gays), or JAG, announced Wednesday that the assembly of NCI last month unanimously…

  • Soccer star Lionel Messi ripped as ‘Jewish’ and ‘Zionist’ after donating cleats in Egypt

    (JTA) — Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi was slammed as “Jewish” and a “Zionist” by Egyptian officials after donating his soccer shoes to a charity in Egypt. Messi, who plays for the Barcelona Football Club, was interviewed last week on the Egyptian television program “Yes, I Am Famous” on the private network MBC Masr. “One of…

  • Obama offers Argentina help in AMIA investigation

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — President Barack Obama offered Argentina help in pursuing the perpetrators of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. At a news conference Wednesday in Buenos Aires following his meeting with Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, Obama said he would visit a memorial to the bombing victims at…

  • Argentine VP says government committed to truth on ’90s attacks

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — At a commemoration for the victims of a 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli embassy in Argentina, officials from that country’s new government said they were committed to investigating that attack and another one attributed to Iran and Hezbollah. Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti cited the presence of high-ranking officials at Thursday’s…