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  • Nix visit by Iranian official, Wiesenthal Center urges Chile’s president

    (JTA) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the president of Chile to cancel a planned visit by Iran’s foreign minister scheduled for late this week. The center in a letter urged President Michelle Bachelet to “take appropriate action to restore Chile’s values of coexistence and integration and to protest a state visit from a country…

  • Final AMIA bombing victim in Buenos Aires identified 22 years after attack

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The only unidentified fatality of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center here has been named. Augusto Daniel Jesus was identified as the victim with more than 99.99 percent certainty based on an analysis of DNA taken from the body and from his mother, according to the Argentina government’s…

  • Argentine Jewish leaders call on government to make AMIA bombing a ‘national priority’

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine Jewish leaders called on the country’s government to make the investigation of the AMIA Jewish center bombing a “national priority” at a ceremony commemorating the attack that killed 85 and injured hundreds. Speakers at the ceremony Monday at the site of the rebuilt building also thanked the government for…

  • Global meeting against anti-Semitism meets in Buenos Aires

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — An increase in education, closer monitoring of the internet and media, new legislation, and interfaith dialogue are needed to combat anti-Semitism, a global meeting against anti-Semitism was told in Buenos Aires. Parliamentarians and 250 experts from 17 countries in the region came to the Argentine capital for the Global Forum for Combatting…

  • Alleged pimp suspended by Buenos Aires Jewish center

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A Jewish activist in Buenos Aires accused of being a pimp was suspended from the city’s Jewish center. Daniel Olkenitzky, 66, was suspended Tuesday from the AMIA Jewish center after federal police arrested him as part of an ongoing investigation into an organization he allegedly runs that recruits and manages…

  • 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…