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Pope demands justice for AMIA Jewish center bombing

(JNS.org) In a video message to Argentine Jewish leaders on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 bombing attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis demanded justice for the victims of the attack.

Iran is widely believed to have carried out the AMIA bombing, which killed 85 people and injured 300.

“Terrorism is lunacy. Terrorism’s only purpose is to kill. It does not build anything, it only destroys,” Pope Francis said in a video in Spanish that was recorded at the Vatican by Claudio Epelman, a close friend of the pontiff and head of the Latin American Jewish Congress.

“For this reason, I stand side by side with all those who have seen lives cut short, hopes destroyed, and ruin. I have said that Buenos Aires is a city that needs to cry, that still hasn’t cried enough,” the pope said, adding, “May justice be done!”

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