SWC Demands Authorities to Act Using Fullest Extend of the Law Following Vicious Attack Against Argentine Jewish Family
January 27, 2021
BUENOS AIRES and PARIS - An Argentine Jewish family, driving on vacation, was overtaken and stopped by another family car on the highway.
Apparently intercepted due to their Orthodox Jewish dress, they were verbally attacked with such language as "Shit Jews, get out of here." The family was then physically assaulted, victims including a baby and a 92-year-old woman.
The authorities of the Province of Córdoba indicated that the aggressors were quickly arrested.
“We demand that the Cordoba authorities not only apply the full weight of the law against the attackers, but also use the occasion to train personnel, the police and the schools of the Province to understand the dangers of hate. This was, without question, an unprovoked attack on Jews, specifically as Jews, and thus activates the 'aggravating conditions' of racism in Argentine Anti-Discrimination legislation, thus providing for the harshest penalties to be strictly enforced,” argued Drs. Shimon Samuels and Ariel Gelblung, Director for International Relations and Director for Latin America of the Wiesenthal Center.
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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).