Reuters Clarifies: Israel Wasn’t Alone in Blaming Iran For Bombing of Argentine Jewish Center

CAMERA’s Israel office yesterday prompted Reuters corrections in both English and Arabic after the news agency had misleadingly reported that Israel alone blames Iran for the deadly 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center in which 85 people were murdered.  The April 7 article, “Israel prepared to handle any developments with Iran, defence chief says,” had selectively reported: “Israel has blamed Iran for being behind the 1994 deadly bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina’s capital, which killed 85 people and for which Tehran denied any involvement.”

Argentina also blamed Iran for the deadly 1994 attack on the AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) center. As Reuters reported last June, Argentine federal judge Daniel Refecas “last October requested the arrest of a senior Iranian official accused of playing a central role in the attack.” The report added: “Argentine courts have blamed the attack on Iran.”

The destroyed Jewish center in 1994 (Screen capture from European Jewish Congress commemorative video)

The United States likewise blamed Iran for the bombing of the Jewish center. The U.S. State Department said in an unequivocable 2022 press statement about both the AMIA attack the 2012 attack on a tour bus in Bulgaria carrying Israeli tourists:

The two Hizballah attacks, carried out with Iranian support, devastated hundreds of families.

The single deadliest antisemitic attack in more than half a century, the AMIA bombing underscored Hizballah’s global ambitions and is a clear example of Iran’s support of international terrorism. High-level Iranian government officials were directly implicated in the attack, and Hizballah carried it out at the direction of the Iranian regime.

In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters yesterday amended the article (both in English and in Arabic) to more fully and accurately report:

Israel, Argentina and the U.S. have blamed Iran for being behind the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.

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