Argentina Jewish Community Sees Nisman Death as Another Attack
by Shiryn Ghermezian
Members of Argentina’s Jewish community feel like they have been attacked once again following the death of Alberto Nisman, the lead prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, CNN reported on Monday.
“This is another bomb. The death of the prosecutor is another bomb for us,” Roberto Yabra, who was in his bakery a block and a half away from the Jewish Center attack when it happened, told CNN. “They keep throwing bombs at us.”
The 1994 incident was Argentina’s worst terrorist attack ever and the single worst antisemitic atrocity since the Holocaust. Eighty-five people were killed and hundreds were left wounded when a car bomb ripped through the Center. No one has yet been convicted for the bombing and Jewish members of the community worry an investigation into the attack will never be complete now that Nisman is dead, CNN noted.
Nisman took over the long-running investigation into the bombing a decade ago. In 2o06, He formally charged Iran with having executed the attack, but the Islamic Republic denied his claims. Nisman also accused Argentinian President Cristina “‹Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman of deliberately covering up Iran’s involvement in the attack, The Algemeiner previously reported.
Nisman was found dead in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment on Jan. 18. Justice officials said he was shot point-blank in the forehead, and while the Argentinian government first insisted his death was a suicide, evidence that emerged days after his death cast doubt on that claim. President Kirchner later said she does not believe Nisman committed suicide.
Nisman’s sudden death has evoked feelings of mistrust and insecurity among the public in Argentina. One Jewish local told CNN, “All of Argentina is afraid now.”
The new Jewish Center which was erected on the site of the 1994 attack bears the names of the 85 victims on a plaque at the entrance. Sofia Guterman’s only daughter died in the 1994 blast. She told CNN that Argentina must fight for justice for the prosecutor who was fighting to get justice for her daughter.