ADL ASKS U.S. TO PRESS ARGENTINA FOR COUNTERTERRORISM
Washington, D.C., September 28, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
called on the United States Congress to urge Argentina to enact aggressive
counterterrorism measures to assist in the investigation of recent anti-Jewish
terrorist bombings in Buenos Aires and to prevent similar attacks in the
In testimony before the House International Affairs Committee, ADL National
Commissioner Barry Mehler stated that "fourteen months after the assault
against the AMIA (the Jewish community) building, and over three years after
the destruction of the Israeli embassy, little if any progress has been
Mr. Mehler noted that an April 1995 ADL leadership mission to Buenos Aires
concluded that the Argentine government "has shown a greater seriousness
and responsiveness investigating the AMIA bombing than what was shown following
the embassy bombing." However, the investigation suffers from lack
of expertise and coordination. ADL called on the American government to
expand counterterrorism training for Argentine personnel.
To help prevent future attacks, ADL called for the establishment of a "tri-lateral
commission" between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay to help control
the porous borders between these countries and to maintain control of radical
groups that live in these border areas.
ADL urged the U.S. to remain at the "vanguard of the international
counterterrorism effort" through passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Terrorism
Act . "The recent bombings in Buenos Aires, as well as those in Paris,
Jerusalem and Oklahoma City demonstrate all too clearly that no country,
no religious group, no individual is immune from the threat of terrorism,"
said Mr. Mehler. "The only effective antidote to this scourge is through
aggressive local and multilateral counterterrorism measures."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.