Latin America

  • Argentine President Visits Amia Center

    The president of Argentina laid three wreaths at the central Jewish institution in Buenos Aires to recall terrorist attacks against the local Jewish community. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Dec. 18 made her first visit to the AMIA center since assuming the presidency. Fernandez de Kirchner placed the bouquets at the building’s entrance as a… More ▸

  • Direct Israel-brazil Flights Set

    El Al will begin direct flights between Israel and Brazil next year. Three weekly flights will link Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo beginning in April. The Israeli airline alsowill offer connecting flights to various destinations in South America, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as other major cities in Brazil. According to… More ▸

  • Delegation in Argentina Honors Amia Victims

    An American Jewish Committee delegation in Argentina honored the victims of the AMIA terrorist attack. The delegation, led by President Richard Sideman, is meeting with Jewish leaders and government officials. Its members visited the AMIA Jewish central institution Monday to remember the 85 people killed in the 1994 terrorist attack on the building. No one… More ▸

  • Panama’s Grand Rabbi, Zion Levy, Dies

    Panama’s long-time Grand Rabbi Zion Levy died in Israel at the age of 83. Levy’s death last week ended his 57 years as head of the thriving Orthodox Jewish community in Panama, the Israeli embassy in Panama reported. Levy was a respected and towering figure in the country, believed to be longest-serving leader in the… More ▸

  • Ex-argentine Officials Accused of Blocking Amia Probe

    Former Argentine officials accused of blocking the investigation into the AMIA bombing will testify before a federal judge. Ex-president Carlos Menem is among seven ex-officials who are being called on to testify in the coming days by Ariel Lijo. Others among the seven former officials on Lijo’s list are intelligence service office head Hugo Anzorregui… More ▸

  • Diplomat Who Survived Argentina’s ‘dirty War’ Speaks out Against Iran

    Iran must own up to its crimes the way Argentina did after the “dirty war” of the 1970s if it ever hopes to cleanse its collective soul. So says Hector Timerman, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, and a survivor of that war — one of the darkest chapters in modern Latin American history. Timerman,… More ▸

  • Some in Argentina Wonder Whether New Amia Leader Represents Everyone

    Will the first Orthodox leader of Argentina’s largest Jewish institution represent the entire community? Some Argentine Jews were pondering this question after Guillermo Borger, the new president of the 114-year-old Argentine Israeli Mutual Association, or AMIA, was quoted in a newspaper article referring to “genuine Jews.” At his inaugural speech on June 12, Borger, the… More ▸