A bipartisan effort of 100+ lawmakers led by Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) have passed a resolution that recognizes the 30th anniversary of the Israeli Embassy Bombing in Argentina. The resolution also condemns the rise of anti-semitism in Latin America. Condemning anti-Semism, Elvira Salazar praised the bipartisan effort, calling it a “firm marker of resolve.”
On March 17th, 1992, there was a terrorist bombing of the Israeli embassy located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In a press release from Rep. Elvira Salazar’s office, it’s explained that “the horrific event injured 242 and claimed the lives of 29 innocent Israelis and Argentinians, including school-aged children.”
In response to the tragedy, and wanting to bring light to the horrors of anti-Semitism, the goal of the resolution is to make a call “for justice for the victims; accountability for the perpetrators; urges the US government to continue working with allies in the Western Hemisphere to isolate governments who support Hezbollah and Iran’s anti-Semitic attacks; and also commends the Organization of American States (OAS) for appointing a commissioner to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.”
In a statement, praising the effort that also included Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D), Elvira Salazar condemned anti-Semitism, saying that it “has no place in the United States nor in Latin America.”
She went on to call the bipartisan resolution “a firm marker of resolve that we will not cower in fear in the face of violent [sic] of extremists,” adding that she stands “tall and proud alongside our Jewish community, as well as everyone who values religious liberty and desires to live in freedom’s warm bright light.”
Deutch also commented on the resolution, calling the 1992 attack “a horrifying display of antisemitism and anti-Israel hatred." In introducing the resolution, Deutch added that it "is a powerful and important reminder of the dangers of unchecked hate in our own hemisphere and around the world."