Buenos Aires remembers AMIA attack in subway station display


BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The Argentine capital opened up a permanent display at a subway station that it intends to rename in memory of victims of the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack on local Jews.

The commemorative display at the Pasteur subway station was unveiled Friday by the municipality and the SBASE metro company. City delegates will vote next month in a second reading of a bill to rename the station Pasteur/AMIA Memorial Station.

The station is located approximately 200 yards from the AMIA Jewish Community Center, where terrorists in 1994 set off explosives that killed 85 people and injured hundreds.

The display features drawings, paintings and photos by 25 artists and a clock that permanently indicates the exact moment of the explosion: July 18, 9:53 AM.

Municipal delegates voted in May unanimously in favor of renaming the station for the AMIA building. A second reading is scheduled for July 13.

“We [at] AMIA are very grateful to the artists that contribute with their talent and creativity to reshape Pasteur station [into] a place of a collective memory for thousands of people who will remember every day the AMIA attack,” AMIA president Leonardo Jmelnitzky told JTA.

The B Line, which stops at Pasteur station, transports approximately seven million passengers monthly. It is the most heavily-used line in the subway system of Buenos Aires.

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