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Pichetto en DAIA. Una visita que generó incomodidades a días del 25 aniversario del atentado a la AMIA

Agencia AJN.- El precandidato a vicepresidente tuvo que responder a las críticas de la DAIA por el Memorándum con Irán. Knoblovits le indicó que el controvertido acuerdo con Irán “complicó” la causa por el atentado a la AMIA. “No visualizo ningún tipo de actividad ilegal por parte de los que promovieron este acuerdo”, respondió el senador. En diálogo con AJN ratificó la intención de avanzar hacia el juicio en ausencia.

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Publicado por Agencia AJN en Jueves, 11 de julio de 2019

Agencia AJN.- El senador y precandidato a vicepresidente por el frente Juntos por el Cambio, Miguel Angel Pichetto, tuvo que vivir un momento de rispidez durante su visita a la Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas (DAIA) cuando el presidente de la entidad, Jorge Knoblovits, le advirtió que el memorándum con Irán “complicó la agenda judicial” y le remarcó que “no era jurídicamente pertinente” para la causa del atentado a la AMIA.

Pichetto, quien fuera presidente del bloque de senadores por el kirchnerismo al momento del tratamiento del Memorándum, respondió a las críticas del titular de la representación política de la comunidad judía argentina cuando apuntó: “No visualizo ningún tipo de actividad ilegal por parte de los que promovieron este acuerdo”.

“Esto lo dije en la causa penal que se instruyó en el denominado caso Memorándum, declaré como testigo y pude constatar en forma directa en ese debate. Nunca me sentí enfrentado con la DAIA, con la AMIA, ni con la comunidad judía argentina. Lamento profundamente la tragedia que han vivido”, agregó el legislador devenido en oficialista.

Ya en el comienzo de su intervención, Knoblovits marcó sus diferencias con el tratamiento que el Parlamento argentino hizo con la causa AMIA. “Algo pasa en la Argentina con la injusticia, algo pasa en la Argentina con la impunidad. En esta lucha que tienen la DAIA y la comunidad judía por justicia transitamos muchos caminos, muchas veces visibilizamos estas injusticias a través de verdad, memoria y justicia”, indicó.

“En esta lucha por justicia hace seis años nosotros tuvimos una batalla contra un pacto firmado con la República Islámica de Irán, que lo quiero decir de manera cordial, pero nos complicó la agenda porque complicó la justicia»

“En esta lucha por justicia hace seis años nosotros tuvimos una batalla contra un pacto firmado con la República Islámica de Irán, que lo quiero decir de manera cordial, pero nos complicó la agenda porque complicó la justicia. No porque haya complicado a la DAIA, a la AMIA y a los familiares, complicó la agenda judicial”, añadió.

Fue en este contexto que Knoblovits sostuvo que el Memorándum con Irán “no era pertinente para la causa judicial y no era jurídicamente pertinente, y así fue declarado por la justicia”.

Frente a este reclamo, Pichetto sostuvo que “el Memorándum fue políticamente un cambio en la política internacional que venía llevando adelante el gobierno de Néstor Kirchner y de la propia presidente”.

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Incluso explicó que los representantes de la comunidad judía argentina supieron acompañar permanentemente en el ámbito de las Naciones Unidas el reclamo de la Argentina en repudio a los actos terroristas y a la falta de colaboración de Irán en la causa AMIA.

«Como oficialista en ese momento acompañé, indudablemente me hago cargo de esa decisión, había una intención de la presidente de encontrar un camino para destrabar la investigación”

«Como oficialista en ese momento acompañé, indudablemente me hago cargo de esa decisión, había una intención de la presidente de encontrar un camino para destrabar la investigación”, justificó el senador.

No obstante, Pichetto reconoció que “el memorándum había sido un error de naturaleza de política internacional”.

“Quiero agradecer la sinceridad del presidente de haber planteado este tema del Memorándum es un tema que no me separa para nada. Uno cuando pertenece a una fuerza política tiene que actuar con criterio y con disciplina y más allá de asumir que en el proceso del tiempo ha sido un error este intento que el gobierno de la ex presidenta quiso hacer con el Memorándum», indicó

Pichetto visitó ayer la DAIA y realizó un homenaje encendiendo una vela por las víctimas del atentado a la AMIA. Fue recibido por el presidente de la DAIA, Jorge Knoblovits, y el ejecutivo.

El presidente de la DAIA estuvo acompañado por los vicepresidentes primero, David Stalman, y segundo, Marcelo Taussik, junto al tesorero Marcos Cohen y el director Ejecutivo, Víctor Garelik.

A solo una semana del 25 aniversario del atentado a la AMIA, Pichetto, quien acompaña en la lista de Juntos por el Cambio al presidente Mauricio Macri, dijo a la Agencia AJN que «es un alto honor poder venir y dialogar con las autoridades de DAIA, hay una agenda importante de tareas en común con el gobierno”.

“El presidente en el día de hoy tiene previsto tomar una decisión de naturaleza política de gran importancia, que es la probable declaración de que Hezbollah que cometió delitos de terrorismo en la Argentina sea considerado una organización de terrorismo internacional», destacó.

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Sobre la continuidad de la causa AMIA, en diálogo con Agencia AJN, Pichetto mencionó que «hay un escenario de análisis del juicio en ausencia, una propuesta que he firmado con otros senadores. Hay otros temas que en el diálogo e intercambio van a surgir».

Pichetto aseveró que lo más grave del atentado terrorista contra la AMIA «es que no tuvo una reparación mediante el sistema de justicia, en la medida que los imputados no vengan a declarar el proceso judicial está trabado».

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Pichetto junto a Ariel Eichbaum, presidente en ejercicio de AMIA

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With Mike Pompeo and Jorge Faurie´s presence, the AMIA bombing victims were remembered at AMIA

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Agencia AJN.- Within the framework of the Hemispheric Ministerial Conference on the Fight against Terrorism, a tribute was paid on Friday at the AMIA headquarters to the victims of the attack of July 18, 1994, whose speakers were the Secretary of State of the United States government, Mike Pompeo; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, Jorge Faurie; and the President of AMIA, Ariel Eichbaum.

The ceremony included the presence of the foreign ministers, ministers and high dignitaries of the countries of the American continent that since yesterday have been participating in Buenos Aires in the Second Hemispheric Ministerial Conference on the Fight against Terrorism.

The homage began with the music of pianist and composer Leo Sujatovich, then Pompeo, Faurie and Eichbaum lit a candle next to the memorial that recalls the names of each of the 85 fatal victims of the terrorist attack. The monument, by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, is located in the dry square of the institution, at Pasteur 633, and represents the AMIAS’ commitment to memory and the demand for justice.

During his speech, AMIA´s president Ariel Eichbaum stressed the importance of the tribute made in the context of the 25 years of the terrorist attack: «It is a true honor and it is very significant for us to welcome you today, and the fact that this homage is carried out within the framework of the Summit that is taking place in Buenos Aires».

He also recalled Iran and Hezbollah´s responsability in the attack perpetrated in 1994, something that was proven repeatedly by the Argentine justice system. Referring to Interpol’s endorsement of the international arrest warrants against the accused, and the validity of the red flags, Eichbaum emphasized: «Today I ask the foreign ministers and dignitaries present here. The entire international community has to understand that these people are wanted by the Argentine justice system to account for the crime they have committed. We urgently need the support of all, of each of the countries of the world. Otherwise they will continue to mock and evade the red flags, and we will not have justice».

«Hezbollah is a terrorist organization fully active in several countries on our continent. Its networks have extended to various illicit activities, that are aimed to raising money for its terrorist campaigns. That is why we consider it appropriate, important and fundamental that a concrete step is taken in the fight against terrorism in the region, with the decree that President Mauricio Macri signed a few hours ago for the creation of a Registry of Terrorist Persons and Organizations where Hezbollah has already been included It is imperative that our neighboring countries and brothers do the same», he added.

In turn, the Secretary of State of the U.S. government, Mike Pompeo, especially thanked Eichbaum for receiving him at the AMIA headquarters and highlighted the institution´s struggle in seeking justice these 25 years. Then he recalled the 85 fatal victims who were killed «by the hands of Hezbollah terrorism, in a planned attack by the Islamic regime of Iran, with the logistical assistance of the Revolutionary Guard».

«It was not the first time that Hezbollah attacked in Argentina», he said, remembering the terrorist attack perpetrated on March 17, 1992, on the Israeli embassy in our country, in which 29 people were killed. «These attacks must remind us that terrorism is not a hypothetical threat,» he expressed.

Chancellor Jorge Faurie later stressed the importance of «keeping alive the memory of the victims, their pain, their families, and all the people who were attacked. Demanding justice, we continue working tirelessly so that one day we can achieve it,» he said.

«The Jewish community is a vital part of the social, cultural and industrial fabric of Argentina. It was a blow against democracy, freedom and the Argentine society. A symbol of a community that is particularly active and integrated in our nation was chosen. The Jewish community is a vital part of the social, cultural and industrial fabric of the whole country», he added.

Faurie also referred to the recently announced measures in the fight against terrorism; «These days we have taken internal administrative measures of great relevance. Yesterday was a national mourning throughout Argentina, we reviewed the compensation system we had AMIA´s victims and, most importantly, we witnessed the decree that identifies people linked to terrorism and monitors its funds.

«Our commitment always goes a little further, because anti-Semitism does not always translate into terrorism. Antisemitism is the seed of hatred that generates violence, so we have to work to eradicate it, combat it and do it with absolute tenacity», he indicated.

The homage also included members of the Board of Directors of AMIA, the institution´s lawyer Miguel Bronfman, the secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the Nation Claudio Avruj, the president of the Financial Information Unit Mariano Federici, the president of the Latin American Jewish Congress Adrián Werthein, Dina Siegel Vann, director for Latin and Latin American Affairs of the American Jewish Committee, and the president of IRSA Eduardo Elsztain, among other personalities.

In homage to the fatal victims of the AMIA attack, the participants of the Hemispheric Summit signed a joint statement that was transcribed into the AMIA «Visitors’ Book», a book that was rescued from the rubble of the former Pasteur 633 building, days after the attack perpetrated by terrorism. After speeches by the three speakers, foreign ministers, ministers, dignitaries, the Secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the OAS signed the Declaration against Terrorism.

JOINT STATEMENT

The undersigned, representing the countries participating in the Hemispheric Ministerial Conference to Combat Terrorism, which is taking place in the City of Buenos Aires on this day, pay tribute to the victims of the Attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), which occurred on July 18, 1994.

We also reaffirm our repudiation of terrorism in all its forms, while maintaining our commitment to strengthen cooperation among our countries to effectively confront this scourge and help build a future of peace for all.

The declaration was signed by:
Mr. Jorge Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina
Mr. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America
Mr. Ariel Eichbaum, AMIA´s President
Ms. Patricia Bullrich, Minister of Security of Argentina
Mr. Darren Allan Henfield, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas

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«Hezbollah represents a threat to Argentina and the countries of the region»

Agencia AJN.- The head of the Financial Information Unit (UIF), Mariano Federici, indicated that although there are no records that the Lebanese organization has assets in Argentina, it was decided to freeze the activities of those entities linked to it. The decision was taken after commemorating the 25th anniversary of the AMIA attack.

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Agencia AJN.- The head of the Financial Information Unit (UIF), Mariano Federici, confirmed an extension of the order to «freeze» the financial activities of entities linked to the Lebanese group Hezbollah after being included in the new National Register of Persons and Organizations Suspicious of Terrorism. «Last year we ordered the administrative freeze of assets and funds of 14 people belonging to this organization, because we already had the power,» he said.

In remarks to the «Cada Mañana» program, conducted by journalist Marcelo Longobardi on Radio Mitre, the official said: «What we did yesterday was to order the freezing of entities that make up the organization as the External Security Organization of Hezbollah, including the secretary general, the undersecretary general and the head of the executive wing, who is also responsible for providing it financial support».

When asked if the people involved had bank accounts in the country, the head of the FIU said: «Not at all, but they are linked to people who have been entering our country, operating from our country and who finance the organization commanded by these people». These individuals are being investigated in the framework of a financing of terrorism case being carried out by the federal judge of Eldorado, in the province of Misiones.

«Beyond that cause, the Hezbollah organization is also implicated as highly suspicious in the commission of the attacks that took place here in the 1990s,» said the official, who noted that both the files and judgments of the justice system indicate Hezbollah as responsible for the attacks.

Regarding the decree signed by President Mauricio Macri, Federici explained that the rule will allow more publicity to be given to the registration of this type of freezing, which previously the FIU only ordered and communicated to its regulated subjects. «Now this is advertised so that everyone knows what the position of Argentina about this organization is,» he said. Federici also explained that it aims to be «a deterrent mechanism».

«What we are trying to do is to create a system that would discourage the organization and anyone linked to it who wants to provide support and come and operate in our country. Anyone who carries out or intends to carry out any operation with Hezbollah is going to have the operation suspended and the assets frozen,» he said.

Federici indicated that the UIF understands that Hezbollah «has no assets in the country,» although he clarified that with this presidential decree they expect «the responses of regulated subjects to the freezing orders». «Without prejudice to this, what the decree seeks is that they never have assets in the country and that nobody intends to make an operation in favor of this organization that, for us, is accused of causing much damage to Argentina,» he added.

Finally, the official stressed: «This measure taken by the government puts Argentina in a place of leadership. It is the first country in Latin America to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and we hope that other countries in the region will follow this same path, because we believe that this organization not only represents a threat to national security and the integrity of Argentina but also to other countries in the region».

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