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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2003 PAGE 17 in bombing seen as positive by entine Richard Allen Greene (JTA)--Most Ar- Jewish leaders are with the arrest of an believed to be con- to the 1994 terrorist Buenos Aires' Ly cen- are very enthusiastic because it re- ge in new Kirchner era," said the secretary the AMIA Youth Depart- referring to Argentine Nestor Kirchner. arrest of Hade Iran's ambas- time 18, 1994, bombing tilled 85 people and 300, took place Aug. CONVENTION/PARTY ROOM RENTAL ence authorities in rael have long Iran was behind :k, which was deadliest to date. the arrest, Iran cut cultural and commer- ties with Argentina, and Britain that diplo- swill be harmed. By Tom Tugend ANGELES (JTA)--On side street in north- aworld away millions of tourists throng the Washington Lincoln Memorial Holocaust Memorial stands the modest, malMuseum Jewish Military goal is to bring to have people U.S. Jews who in the military, said ,a retired War who recently was t of the mu- walls and in dis- are eclectic collec- photos and artifacts ~ng the contributions women to forces, from ary War L the most recent wars the United States. Is a mess kit dating ~, a portable ark and by Jewish chap- That AM IA attack followed a terrorist bombing in 1992 at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 people and which also remains un- solved. When Kirchner attended a memorial service last month for the victims of the AMIA bombing, he said it was a"na- tional shame that there has been no justice yet." Kirchner ordered the re- lease of Argentine intelligence information on the bombing soon after taking office this spring, reversing an order by the previous Argentine presi- dent, Eduardo Duhalde, that sealed the files. The Argentine Jewish com- munity -- South America's largest -- welcomed Kirchner's involvement in the c.ase, It was in sharp contrast to his predecessors, whom Jew- ish Argentines accused of fail- ing to push hard enough for justice. One of those predecessors, Carlos Menem, who was presi- dent at the time of the 1994 attack and who ran for re-elec- tion against Kirchner in elec- lains during World War II, a memorial to 18-year old Sanford Lester Kahn, who was killed during the 1944 Normandy Beach invasion, and a large photo blowup of three World War I vintage Jew- ish female marines, known as Marionettes, being inspected by a fearsome-looking female sergeant. A section on Rescue and Renewal tells of the concen- tration camps and the GIs who liberated them -- and of the young American Jewish sail- ors who manned the "illegal" immigrant boats to Palestine. Archivist Thomas Wildenberg is a font of infor- mation. "Did you know that there were 12 Jewish women in the first officers' graduating class of the Women's Army Auxil- iary Corps in 1942?" he asked. "Did you know that Simon Suhler was decorated in the Indian wars and that four Jew- ish Union soldiers received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War?" The museum was chartered by Congress in 1958 and is tions this spring, reportedly was paid a $10 million bribe by Iran to cover up the Islamic republic's role in the attack. Menem denied the charges, which were detailed in a July 2002 report in the New York Times. Some of the skepticism over what many Argentine Jews see as a reluctance to pursue jus- tice is apparent even in reac- tion to the news of Soleimanpour's arrest. One of the members of Me- moria Activa, a group for vic- tims and their families that formed after the bombing, said he had little hope the arrest would do anything. "How long will it take until they let him free?" said the member, referring to Soleimanpour. Soleimanpour appeared in court last Friday. He will re- main in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 29. Iran has condemned the arrest of the" former diplomat, who had been working as a research assistant at the Uni- versity of Durham in northern England. Iranian Foreign Min- istry Spokesman Hamid Reza operated by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, whose offices are in the same building. The veterans organization was founded in 1896 as the Hebrew Union Veterans Asso- ciation, partially to refute a widely circulated article by Mark Twain that labeled American Jews as unpatriotic and unwilling to fight in the country's wars. After checking War Depart- ment figures showing that Jews served in a larger per- centage than their share of the population, Twain issued a lengthy retraction and apol- ogy. Goldwasser hopes to boost attendance by attracting some of the Jewish school and syna- gogue tours which now visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum, while Wildenberg is preparing a new exhibit of aerial photo- graphs taken by a Jewish Air Force man during World War II. For information about the military history museum, log onto or phone 202-265-6280. Asefi released a statement say- ing, "The measure has been politically motivated and has been carried out under the influence of the Zionists." Israel welcomed the arrest and praised Argentina for pur- suing Soleimanpour. "We are very happy that the Argentines themselves issued the war- rant" for the arrest, said Shuli Davidovitch, press secretary at the Israeli Embassy in Lon- don. An Argentine judge, Juan Jose Galeano, issued warrants for the arrest of Soleimanpour and seven additional Iranian citizens in the week before the former Iranian ambassador was seized. Argentina demanded the extradition of four other Ira- nians in March, sparking a dip- lomatic war of words between Tehran and Buenos Aires. Several former Argentine police officers and an auto mechanic have been on trial in Buenos Aires in connection with the bombing for nearly two years. That trial is expected to conclude before the end of the year. But Israeli intelligence offi- cials in particular have long insisted that responsibility for the bombing goes much higher-- to the very top levels of the Iranian government. Israeli and Argentine inves- tigators also have implicated Syria, a Jewish security source told JTA. The Lebanon-based militant Islamic group Hezbollah -- which is supported both by Tehran and Damascus -- named the bomber in the wake of the 1994 attack. Israel be- iieves that Soleimanpourand during his arrest. Britain's an intelligence officer work- Crown Prosecution Service ing with him at the Iranian nowwill represent theArgen- embassy at the time assisted tine government in pressing the bomber, for his extradition. BothSoleimanpourandthe A British court will then intelligence operative left Ar- decide if he should be sent to gentina a week before the Argentina or set free. If the bombing in order to distance decision goes against the themselves from the attack, former ambassador, he can the security source said. Iran appealtohighercourtsinBrit- alsowithdrewitsambassadors ain and Europe. from other South American "He could be in courts for countries in the days before years," the Jewish security the bombing, the source said. source warned. "It could be a Soleimanpourdidnotspeak long, long time before he ever in court last Friday other than gets to Argentina." to confirm his name, but the (JTA correspondent BBC reported that a police of- FlorenciaArbisercontributed ficersaidhedeniedthecharges to this story from Buenos when they were read to him Aires.) Holiday Parties - Weddings Birthdays Anniversaries - Children's Parties Special Events Bus. Mtgs./Seminar Rooms Avail. Lakeside/Poolside/Penthouse/Catering Full Banquet Facilities & Hotel Rooms Daily/XVeekend Rates ****UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP***** For Reservations Call Today 407-834-7631 Offers freelance paralegal services for attorneys and assistant services for individuals on an "as needed" basis Prepares Divorces, Bankruptcy, Child Support, (modify/contempt), Wills, Deeds, Misc. Contracts, Small Claims, Personal Injury Demands & Real Estate Evening & Weekend Appts. 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