On July 18, 1994, the deadliest single attack on a Jewish Diaspora community since the Holocaust took place in Argentina. The Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, which housed many of Argentina’s key Jewish institutions, was blown apart by a suicide bomber. The blast killed 85 people and injured hundreds. Immediately following the attack, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) sent a delegation to Buenos Aires to express solidarity with the Jewish community and to meet with government officials. AJC has been fighting ever since to bring the perpetrators to trial for this horrific act of terrorism.
The American Jewish Committee of Westchester/Fairfield invites the community to a Memorial Ceremony and a Call to Action on the 25th Anniversary of the AMIA bombing to be held on Monday, August 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison. Sponsored by communal partners throughout the region, the memorial service for the victims will be led by Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski of Congregation Sulam Yaakov in Larchmont and Rabbi Marcelo Kormis from Temple Beth-El in Fairfield, both of whom will share their personal reflections.
The keynote discussion, “Hezbollah Then and Now,” will be presented by Dr. Jonathn Schanzer, senior vice president of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Schanzer worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. He has held previous think tank research positions at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. He is a prolific author, and his book “Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine” is still the only book on the market that analyzes the ongoing Palestinian civil war. “Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror” was the first book to explore the al-Qaeda franchises of the Middle East. He is often called upon to testify before Congress.
By Yvette Finkelstein