The AMIA originated as the city’s Chevra Kaddisha (burial society) in 1894. As the Argentinian Jewish community grew and developed, AMIA became a multifaceted organization, and, at the time of the bombing, the five story AMIA building was a community center that housed not only offices, but recreational space and a healthcare cooperative as well.
In an era of complicated international relations, the investigation turned into a multi-decade story of intrigue, cover-up, bribery and mismanagement. To this day, the case is still open, even though it is commonly acknowledged that the bombing was carried out by Hezbollah, just as the 1992 bombing was the work of Islamic Jihad – both organizations supported by Iran.
As the 20th anniversary of the AMIA bombing approaches, it is important to note the continued strength of the Argentinian community. The AMIA is now housed in an 8-story building and serves a vibrant community of approximately 200,000 Jews.
|Current AMIA building in Buenos Aires|
Photo by Nbelohlavek, Created 9/2012
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