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Cablegate: Charge Speaks with Daia On Anti-Semitism Issue

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV AR
SUBJECT: CHARGE SPEAKS WITH DAIA ON ANTI-SEMITISM ISSUE

1. (U) This cable is sensitive but unclassified, and not for
Internet distribution.

2. (SBU) Charge spoke with the president of the Delegation
of Argentine Israeli Association (DAIA) Jorge Kirszenbaum on
September 22 to express the Embassy's solidarity with the
local Jewish community over the recent reports of
anti-Semitic graffiti in Buenos Aires. Argentine media
reported on September 22 an additional 20 incidents during
the night of anti-Semitic graffiti at five Jewish
institutions in the upscale Palermo district of Buenos Aires.
The Charge told Kirszenbaum that the Embassy was closely
monitoring the reports and wanted to maintain contact with
DAIA and other Jewish organizations regarding the incidents.

3. (SBU) Kirszenbaum thanked the Charge for his expression
of support and said the situation was "under control." He
said he had received similar calls of support this morning
from Interior Minister Anibal Fernandez and Foreign Ministry
Secretary of Religious Affairs Rodolfo Oliveri. Kirszenbaum

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SIPDIS
said the government was "saying all the right things," but
that DAIA was being proactive in publicly expressing its
concerns over the anti-Semitic incidents.

4. (SBU) In addition to the graffiti, Kirszenbaum also
expressed continuing concern over GoA links with Venezuelan
leader Hugo Chavez given the latter's anti-Semitic remarks
and his growing ties to Iran. He also noted recent
demonstrations in Buenos Aires organized by the left-wing
Quebracho group in defense of Hezbollah. (Note: Earlier this
month, Quebracho militants blocked a march by DAIA and other
Jewish groups on the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires. End
Note.)

5. (SBU) Regarding the September 21 meeting in New York
between Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and American
Jewish groups, Kirszenbaum said his sources had described the
meeting as "tense." Regarding the timing of the release of
special prosecutor Alberto Nisman's report on the AMIA
bombing, Kirszenbaum said it would be at least another month.
He also expressed concern over the indictment this week of
former DAIA president Ruben Beraja for his role in the
alleged cover-up of illegal payments to witnesses in the
failed prosecution case of the "local connection" to the AMIA
bombing.
MATERA

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