On July18, 1994, 85 Argentinians were killed and 300 wounded in a bombing attack on Buenos Aires Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA). The bombing was the deadliest in the history of Argentina, which is home to roughly 230,000 Jews, making it the largest Jewish community in Latin America. In an upcoming Netflix miniseries, British director Justin Webster will focus on the life and murder of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor in the AMIA bombing case (who was himself Jewish).
According to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report Thursday, the series will span four to six episodes, and is being created in partnership with JWP, a Catalonian production company focusing on narrative documentaries. Despite being classified as a murder by an Argentinian judge two months ago, the circumstances of Nisman’s death remain murky, with the culprit or culprits as yet unidentified. Nisman was found dead in his apartment on January 18, 2015, with a gun next to his body.
Exploring this haunting mystery, Webster’s series will likely feature interviews with numerous individuals connected with Nisman, including former Argentine national secretary Sergio Berni, Nisman’s security guards, and Vivian Fein, a prosecutor in the case. Nisman’s daughters, Kala and Iara, have already been interviewed for the series.
In 2007, Nisman suggested Iran was behind both the bombing of the building and the bombing of the Buenos Aires Israeli Embassy in 1992.
“I have no doubt that the most senior Iranian leadership, with the help of Hezbollah, is responsible for the attacks in Buenos Aires against AMIA [the community center in 1994] and the Israeli Embassy [in 1992],” Nisman said at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, according to a 2007 Haaretz report.
Regarding Judge Jose Galiano, who was removed from the AMIA case after paying a key witness $400,000 to incriminate former policemen, Nisman said he felt there was “no doubt that he [Galiano] was a corrupt investigating judge who did everything possible to distort the investigation and lead it to a dead-end.” In 2015, Nisman accused Argentinian President Cristinina Kirchner and Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of covering for the Iranian suspects in the AMIA bombing.
Filming of the upcoming series on Nisman’s death is expected to conclude in three months, according to a report this month by the Buenos Aires Times. The report noted that the number of episodes in the series could vary depending on which interviews the filmmakers are able to secure.
By: Menachem Rephun