Wiesenthal Center Participates in the DAIA Report on Anti-Semitism in Argentina

October 3, 2019

Buenos Aires

Today, the 2018 Report on Anti-Semitism in Argentina was officially presented, Its 20th year  was prepared by the Center for Social Studies of the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations (DAIA).

It contains an analysis that arises from the complaints that are made throughout the year before said organization, which politically represents the Argentine Jewish Community. During the past year, complaints of anti-Semitism grew by 107% compared to those registered during 2017.

In turn, the report has different articles and essays, among which is an investigation of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, This shows among other findings for 61% of Argentine society, the 1994 terrorist attack against AMIA, carried out by Hezbollah, which left 85 dead and more than 300 wounded was an attack on the Jewish community and also targeted Argentina.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center argued that “the impunity enjoyed by Hezbollah and the Iranian ideologues for 25 years has been diminishing in Argentine society.... Justice requires an understanding that the target was not only the Jewish community but focussing also on national sovereignty and security...”

This has been the policy of current President Macri

(Drs. Jorge Knoblovits, DAIA´s President and Ariel Gelblung)

Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Center`s Latin American Representative, authored one of the chapters of the report, which highlights the task that the institution carries out from the dawn of the internet with its annual report on Digital Hate and Terrorism and the relevance in getting social network providers to develop filters for hate messages. "We welcome the political will of the DAIA Argentine Jewish community and its alliance with the Wiesenthal Center on this issue", concluded Gelblung.

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365, and join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).



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