April 17, 1999 |
The tipster surfaced a week before the terrorist bomb destroyed a Jewish community center here in 1994 and killed 86 people, the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack ever in the Americas. His name was Wilson Dos Santos. He was a frightened Brazilian who talked his way into the Argentine Consulate in Milan, Italy, with a wild story to tell. He was 38, lean and dapper. He had green eyes, and he was missing the four fingers of his right hand.
June 19, 1996 |
The smoke has not cleared. On July 18, 1994, a terrorist car bomb devastated a Jewish community center here, killing 87 people and wounding more than 200 in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack outside Israel since the Holocaust. Nearly two years later, the bombing of the Argentine-Jewish Mutual Assn. and a similar 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy remain unsolved.
March 19, 1992 |
Workers uncovered more bodies Wednesday in the bomb-wrecked rubble of the Israeli Embassy, while a terrorist group in the Middle East claimed responsibility for the devastating attack. In Beirut, a statement bearing the name of the pro-Iranian group Islamic Jihad (Islamic holy war) claimed responsibility for the bombing, which it said was a suicide attack carried out by an Argentine who had converted to Islam. By nightfall, officials had confirmed 21 deaths from the Tuesday bombing.
July 24, 1994 |
A little-known Islamic organization calling itself the Partisans of God has indirectly claimed responsibility for the bombing of Jewish organization offices in Argentina and the crash of a plane carrying Jewish businessmen in Panama. The statement distributed in south Lebanon seems to support Israeli accusations that Lebanese militants with backing from Iran were behind the Buenos Aires attack.
August 11, 1994 |
It is with pain that 92-year-old Samuel Rollansky thinks of rebuilding. The bomb that ripped through the heart of Argentina's Jewish community not only killed almost 100 people--it also destroyed Rollansky's lifework, one of the world's most precious collections of Jewish historical books and papers. "As Jews, we are accustomed to having to start over," he said quietly, cradling a volume of "Master Works of Yiddish Literature," which he published more than 30 years ago. "It is an obligation.
September 4, 1999 |
Argentina's Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant Friday for a top Hezbollah security official for the 1992 car bombing of the Israeli Embassy here that killed 29 people. Argentina, its large Jewish community and Israel blame the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, or Party of God, and the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad for that attack and another on the city's Jewish community center in 1994 that killed 86 people.