Sens. Cruz, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Resolution in Remembrance of the Bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association Jewish Community Center
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution remembering the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The deadliest terrorist attack in Argentina's history, the bombing occurred on July 18, 1994 and resulted in the death of 85 people and more than 300 people who were wounded.
"The anniversary of the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded, is a stark reminder of the global reach and horror of Iranian and Iran-backed terrorism," Sen. Cruz said. "Today Iran-backed terrorists and proxies are attempting to attack us and our allies, and too often succeeding. I will continue to work with colleagues and the administration to ensure that those behind the AMIA bombing are brought to justice and that Iran is denied the resources it needs to continue its terrorist campaigns today."
"25 years after the AMIA tragedy, its perpetrators have not been held to account, and its victims have not been delivered justice," said Menendez. "It is critical that the U.S. recommit to helping the Government of Argentina in their investigation. The Argentinian people have waited long enough for answers."
"Twenty-five years ago, Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorists launched a horrific attack against Argentina's Jewish community that killed 85 people and injured hundreds," said Rubio. "Today, we honor the victims and the survivors of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) car bombing in Buenos Aires, and recommit to helping the Government of Argentina seek justice for the victims and their families."
A joint U.S.-Argentinian investigation concluded that Hezbollah operatives-supported by Iran-were responsible for the bombing. The resolution calls on President Donald Trump to monitor Iran's activities in the Western Hemisphere, and to assist the Government of Argentina in supporting its ongoing investigation into the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was assassinated while investigating the attack.
The text of the resolution can be found here.