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Argentina's Jewish bodies split over AMIA bombing conspiracy case against CFK

One of Argentina's two leading Jewish entities, the AMIA, on Thursday made public its difference with the other, the DAIA, over a criminal complaint against former president-cum-senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Friday 1 February, 2019
Former president-cum-senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Former president-cum-senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Foto:Noticias Argentinas

One of Argentina's two leading Jewish entities, the AMIA, on Thursday made public its difference with the other, the DAIA, over its role as a plaintiff in a criminal complaint against former president-cum-senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

The Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), which represents Jewish communities on a political level, called on the Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA), which promotes Jewish culture in Argentina, from "pursuing a judicial case" against Fernández de Kirchner over her government's controversial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran.

"We believe that maintaining the complaint is harmful for the community in general and particularly affects the AMIA in its specific work. It is worth noting the firm opposition of the AMIA which ensured the agreement of our country with the enemy of Israel never came to fruition", the AMIA board wrote, in a letter addressed to DAIA president Jorge Knoblovits. The letter was published but the AJN News Agency.

The AMIA, whose headquarters was bombed in 1994, specified that "by desisting with the complaint against the Senator and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on top of correcting a grave mistake of the previous (Argentine) government, the DAIA will start to distance itself from a case that is at the heart of the famous divide that affects the majority of Argentines, a division that does not represent us", in reference to Argentina's political and social polarisation.

Fernández de Kirchner is accused of pursuing an MoU with Iran in order to secure favourable trade conditions with the Middle Eastern country in exchange for impunity for several high-ranking Iranian officials who are excused of participating in the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and left more than 300 wounded.

The AMIA's board decided on its position during a meeting on January 15, which - as it explains in Thursday's letter -resulted from "after an exchange of ideas which emphasised, unanimously, different aspects of [the DAIA's] institutional strategy" that the AMIA contests.

-TIMES

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