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The Jewish Agency for Israel’s board of governors will convene in Argentina next
month between November 14 and 16.
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Officials said the purpose of holding
the event in the South American country is aimed at strengthening ties between
Israel and the local Jewish community and battling local anti-Semitism.
“We are proud to be guests of a large and vibrant Jewish
community,” said JAFI head Natan Sharansky. “Latin America is an important
branch of world Jewry, with over 400,000 Jews. In Argentina alone there are
200,000. It’s a community that has a very strong connection to Israel and is
host to a broad spectrum of Jewish Agency work, including aliya, Israel
experiences and Jewish identity.
“It is important, especially in this
time of growing anti-Semitism and anti- Israel activity on the continent, to
strengthen and constantly reinvigorate this connection.”
Last week a
study commissioned by Jewish groups revealed that one in two Argentineans would
rather not have Jewish neighbors and believed Jews “talk about the Holocaust too
During the three-day gathering JAFI officials will tour the city’s
Jewish institutions and pay their respects to the victims of the 1994 bombing of
the AMIA Jewish community center.
The costs of holding the meeting in
Buenos Aires instead of Jerusalem will be covered by the local Jewish community,
a JAFI representative said.