JERUSALEM – Israel’s parliament on Wednesday paid homage to an Argentine prosecutor who died two years ago in circumstances yet to be clarified.
The ceremony at the Knesset’s Migration Committee in Jerusalem honored prosecutor Alberto Nisman, whose sudden death in January 2015 shook the South American nation.
“We express our appreciation for this tribute to the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman,” said Argentina’s Ambassador to Israel, Carlos Faustino Garcia.
“I would like to underscore the importance Argentina’s government has given to the judicial investigation of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and the prosecutor’s death,” Garcia added.
Nisman was found dead at his home on Jan. 18, 2015, with a bullet in his head, just a few days after denouncing then-President Cristina Fernandez (2007-2015) for allegedly covering up the alleged involvement of Iranian nationals in the 1994 Buenos Aires car-bomb attack against the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) that resulted in 85 deaths.
The ongoing investigation into the prosecutor’s death has experienced all sorts of irregularities and has yet to determine if his death was a suicide, a murder or a fire weapon-related accidental death.
However, his closest circle insists it was a “magnicide” and the motivation, according to Nisman’s widow, judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, “must be related to the work he had been carrying out” and “its political and institutional effect, both at the national level and the global geopolitical order level.”
Arroyo Salgado is set to visit Israel towards the end of the month with the daughter she had with Nisman and hopes to be received by the Israeli justice minister, Ayelet Shaked.
Argentine-Israeli writer Gustavo Perednik – who is currently writing Nisman’s biography – described him as “a freedom fighter.”
Perednik stressed that nowadays “one doesn’t know what they are referring to when they talk about the Nisman case,” due to its ramifications with the AMIA attack, its “cover-up” or “Iran’s penetration into Latin America.”
The parliamentary session included representatives from other Israeli institutions such as the Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora ministries, along with the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency and the Association of Latin-American Immigrants in Israel (OLEI).
The president of OLEI, Leon Amiras, told EFE that the tribute would include the inauguration ceremony in Naharia (northern Israel) of a monument sculpted in Nisman’s honor by local artist Israel Gellman.
“It is a Star of David (six points), broken to symbolize the 1994 attack against the Buenos Aires Jewish community with an unbalanced scale hanging from two of its points symbolizing the lack of justice,” he explained.
“The author told us it alludes to an old Jewish maxim that says: ‘on these three things the whole world stands: justice, truth, and peace (Hine Ma Tov),’” said Amiras.
“That is what the artist thinks Nisman represented, a prosecutor who gave up his life in the quest for justice,” he added.
Wednesday marked the second anniversary of Nisman’s death and in Buenos Aires, his friends and sympathizers organized a gathering in front of the Special Prosecutor’s office investigating the AMIA attack, which the late prosecutor was leading at the time of his death.