Argentine Jewish Leader Gets Police Protection After Latest Anti-Semitic Threat

February 14, 2021

The head of Argentina’s largest umbrella Jewish organization is under police protection after being sent a letter demanding he leave the country, according to media reports.

While Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations (DAIA) leader Jorge Knoblovits has received other anti-Semitic threats in the past, the DAIA security team advised him to reach out to police following the latest letter, which arrived at his office in Buenos Aires.

The Argentine capital was site of two deadly suicide truck bombings three decades ago targeting Israeli and Jewish buildings.

Both atrocities were carried out by Iran and its Shi’a terror proxy Hezbollah.

In the first attack, on March 17, 1992, some 29 people were killed at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

A little over two years later, on July 18, 1994, a total of 85 people lost their lives at the AMIA Jewish community center in the city.

In 2015, Argentine Jewish federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered in his Buenos Aires home a day before he was to testify on his findings regarding an alleged cover-up of Iran’s role in the AMIA bombing by the government of then-Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

The Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that Knoblovits had been subjected to a spate of anonymous threats after Argentina blacklisted Hezbollah as a terrorist group in 2019.

Argentina is home to over 300,000 Jews, the largest community in Latin America.