AMIA bombing suspect interview riles Argentine Jews


(JTA) — A local activist’s interview with a former Iranian diplomat accused of planning the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center has upset Argentine Jewish community.

Moshen Rabbani, Iran’s former cultural attache in Buenos Aires, said in a radio interview with Luis D’Elia that he will not appear before an Argentine court on charges that he planned the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, which killed 85 and injured hundreds.

AMIA President Guillermo Borger told the Buenos Aires Herald that the D’Elia’s visit to Tehran and interview with the bombing suspect "an incomprehensible, offensive provocation." Borger added that there is an "uneasiness" in the Jewish community toward the activist.

Rabbani and D’Elia said opponents of the interview, including the prosecutor investigating the bombing, are "Zionists," according to the Associated Press.

Rabbani insisted that Iran had nothing to do with the attack. He is one of six suspects in the bombing, which Argentine prosecutors say was planned by Iran and carried out by Hezbollah terrorists.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry asked the government of President Cristina Fernandez to stop D’Elia’s pro-Iran activities, according to the AP.

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