Inaugurating the Memorial Center for Alberto Nisman

A center in memory of the Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman is to be established in the Israel-Argentina Friendship Park in Ben Shemen Forest near Modiin.

February 9, 2017 17:24
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Inaugurating the Memorial Center for Alberto Nisman. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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The foundation stone for the memorial center for Alberto Nisman was laid at a ceremony attended by his former partner, Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, and their two daughters, who are currently visiting Israel. “Truth, Justice and Peace are the foundations upon which the world rests,” said Judge Salgado at the ceremony. 


Alberto Nisman was the leading prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the terrorist attack on the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994, and he accused the Argentinean authorities of having covered up Iran’s involvement in it.


In 2015, just hours before he was due to testify before the Argentinean Congress, he was found dead at his home. Although the mystery of his death has never been solved, the presumption is that he was shot in the head in the course of a murderous assault that was disguised to look like suicide.


“He felt a personal, not just a professional responsibility to defend the Jewish People,” said Judge Salgado. “He gave his life in the quest for justice for the victims of terrorism.”


A plaque inscribed with the names of the eighty-five people murdered in the Jewish community center attack forms part of the memorial center established by KKL-JNF in the park in Ben Shemen Forest that symbolizes the friendship between Israel and Argentina an additional plaque bears the names of the twenty-nine victims of the attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina, which took place two years earlier, in 1992.


“Justice, justice shalt thou pursue,” said KKL-JNF Vice Chairman Hernan Felman, quoting from the Book of Deuteronomy. “This should be the obligation of us all, and we shall not continue to be the Jewish People if we do not fulfill it. We all deserve a just world, and we must all pay for our actions, be we Jews or Gentiles. We stand here today to remember what took place, and to demand justice."


After the speeches were over, all those present took part in a symbolic ceremony at which two adult olive trees were planted as an addition to the already green woodland.


“It’s important to my daughters and myself to remember the wonderful moments we shared, especially in such a beautiful place as this, in a sun-drenched woodland that recalls the memory of so many of those who died,” concluded Judge Salgado.


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