Argentinean Jews ‘feel justice has been served’
Thirteen years ago, Imad Mugniyah planned terror attack at Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Following Hizbullah leader’s assassination, Jewish Agency emissary says, ‘Wound has yet to heal’
The Jewish community in Buenos Aires will never forget the July 1994 terror attack at the local community center, which left 85 people dead and some 200 injured.
On Wednesday, following the assassination of Hizbullah leader Imad Mugniyah, who was involved in planning the attack, a Jewish community member said, “One the one hand we are concerned over Hizbullah’s threats, but on the other hand we feel that justice has been served.”
Yoel Schwartz, the Jewish Agency emissary to Argentina, told Ynet that “the person assassinated was wanted by the court in Argentina and was therefore a well-known figure in the country, so this is mentioned in all local media.”
Eli Cohen, one of the heads of the Jewish Agency delegation to Latin America when the attack took place, said he could remember every detail from the events of that day.
After hearing of Mugniyah’s assassination, Cohen felt that a circle had been closed, but added that he would not feel satisfied until all those who carried out the dreadful terror attacks would be captured.
Cohen, who now serves as a deputy director-general at the Jewish agency, said that “the terror attack was heavy blow to the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. The community building built on the rubble, with the names of the 85 casualties engraved on its wall, reminds everyone of the wound which has yet to heal.”
On July 18, 1994, a loud explosion rocked the center of the Argentinean capital. The seven-story Jewish community building collapsed, burying dozens of people underneath. Thousands of rescue workers and volunteers raced against time in an effort to rescue survivors from the rubble.
“We looked out of the window and saw huge black explosion smoke. Furniture moved, the entire city shook. We understood it happened in a Jewish area,” Zvi Rivkin, head of the Jewish Agency emissary to Argentina told Yedioth Ahronoth at the time.