“Iranian Government makes a mockery of all victims of international terrorism”
AUGUST 31, 2009 – Yesterday, Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, (ITIC) published the report issued by the Argentinian Attorney General regarding the suicide bombing attack at the AMIA building in Buenos Aires in 1994 in which Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s new designated defense minister, allegedly played a central role.
Last week, The Simon Wiesenthal Center in a news release urged United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bar “Vahidi from all UN events and facilities. Vahidi has an INTERPOL Red Notice warrant for his role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.
“In a letter to Secretary General Ban, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said, ‘…the nomination of Vahidi to a level of Minister in the Iranian Government makes a mockery of all victims of international terrorism, an offense to Argentine sovereignty and is a scandal for the international community.’ He urged Ban to call for a censure of Iran as a state sponsor of terror and that if Vahidi enter any UN facility, he be arrested and sent to Argentina for trial.”
Here is a summary of ITICs findings based upon the Argentinian Attorney General’s report:
-Without a doubt the decision to carry out the attack was not made by a small group of Islamist extremists, but in fact was fully discussed and agreed upon with full consensus by extremely senior representatives of the Iranian regime at that time.
-The investigators concluded that the highest level of the Iranian regime gave the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah the mission of blowing up the Jewish community center, AMIA, in Buenos Aires. The Iranian regime used the external operational infrastructure of Hezbollah, the terrorist organization which serves as a proxy to advance Iranian foreign policy.
-The report did not ignore the fact that the attack was carried out for reasons connected to the conflict in the Middle East. However, based on the evidence gathered, the investigators concluded that the main reason for the attack was the unilateral decision made by the Argentinean government to cancel the contract for providing Iran with nuclear materials and technology which had been signed two years previously by Argentina and Iran.
-The report detailed how the Iranian regime reached the decision to launch the terrorist attack on the AMIA building in Buenos Aires. The decision itself was made by a body called “the committee for special affairs,” whose members at the time were: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Ali Rafsanjani, Ali Fallahijan and Ali Velayati. The committee met on August 14, 1993 in the Iranian city of Mashad and voted to carry out the terrorist attack in Argentina.
-Responsible for intelligence work was the so-called Iranian cultural attaché, Mohsen Rabani, since his arrival in Argentina in 1993. He was also present at the “Mashad meeting” where the attack was decided on. After he returned to Argentina from the meeting, according to the report, funds were transferred to finance it. The Argentineans are in possession of recordings of telephone conversations which prove Rabani’s involvement in the logistical preparations for the attack. The report determined that Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahijan was its general director. Ahmad Vahidi, who was recently nominated for the position of Iranian defense minister, also played a key role in planning and directing it.
-The team that carried out the attack was made up of Hezbollah operatives who arrived in Argentina on July 1, 1994. Imad Moughnieh, commander of Hezbollah’s foreign intelligence (who died in an explosion in Damascus) was responsible for handing the team, and to that end also entered Argentina at the beginning of July 1994. The Argentineans have recordings of many telephone conversations made by the operational teams between Imad Moughnieh, the Hezbollah team of operatives, Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon and the Hezbollah network operating in the “border triangle” in Brazil. [The border triangle is the area where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. It has a large Shi’ite Muslim population and is home to a Hezbollah network and networks of other radical Islamic organizations]
-On July 18, the day of the attack, in the last cellular telephone conversation Imad Moughnieh made from his phone, he indicated that the mission had been accomplished.
-The attack was carried out by a Hezbollah suicide bomber. On July 18, 1994, at 9:53 a.m., Ibrahim Hussein Berro detonated a Renault van carrying between 300 and 400 kilograms, or 660 to 880 pounds, of explosives. The explosion killed 85 people and wounded approximately 240. The bomb was detonated in front of the Jewish community center and destroyed the entire front of the building, causing extensive damage to neighbouring structures. According to the report, the modus operandi of the attack was the same as that of the one on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires carried out two years previously. (The Argentinean supreme court determined that it had been carried out by the Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah’s terrorist operative wing.)
-According to the report, the full document presented to the investigating judge included an appendix analyzing other terrorist attacks in which the Iranian regime had been involved. The common denominator in all of them was that the Iranian regime organized and sponsored terrorist activity and methodically used violence and terrorism to achieve its objectives.
ITIC’s report can be read in its entirety by clicking <HERE>
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