The Shameful Cover-Up of the Worst Attack on Diaspora Jews Since the Holocaust

A personal look at the 25 years that have passed since the bombing of an Argentine Jewish center that killed 85 people, with no progress toward justice.

August 5, 2019 | Avi Weiss
About the author: Avi Weiss is founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York City and founder of the rabbinical schools Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat. His most recent book is Journey to Open Orthodoxy.  

Three allegorical murals of the victims of the AMIA bombing on the façade of the Hospital de Clínicas on July 18, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ricardo Ceppi/Getty Images.

It was probably the most surreal situation in all my years as an activist for Jewish causes. A mere 48 hours after arriving in Argentina, a country in which I knew nary a soul and did not speak the language, I found myself at the residence of President Carlos Saúl Menem, ensconced by his side in a seat of honor at an emergency meeting of his full cabinet, called for the express purpose of convincing me that I, only lately arrived from New York, was wrong.

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