Manfred Gerstenfeld’s interviews Gustavo Perednik
“In January 2015, 51-year-old Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home with a gun near his left hand, the day before he was due to present before Argentinian legislators an indictment of the President and other government officials. They were accused by Nisman of colluding with the Iran government which was known to have perpetrated the terror attacks in Buenos Aires.
Nisman’s death received worldwide attention. Many believe the Argentine secret service was involved in the assassination, while others with governmental ties insist that it was suicide –a curious one, however, since the gun had been borrowed despite Nisman having owned his own, and despite him being right-handed.”
Dr. Gustavo Perednik is the author of fifteen books on Jews and modernity. In 2009, he published a fictionalized book on the life of Alberto Nisman in Spanish, which became a best-seller and was subsequently translated into English in 2014.
“Nisman was the top investigator of the July 18, 1994 bombing of the Jewish community's AMIA/DAIA building in Buenos Aires. The Hezbollah terrorist drove his car laden with hundreds of kilos of explosives directly into the building. It was the largest attack on Jews abroad since the World War II. 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded. In an earlier terrorist attack outside the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, in March 1992, more than twenty people died and more than two hundred were wounded.
Nisman’s involvement as a prosecutor began in 1997. In 2001, he decided to release the police officers who had been falsely accused of participating in the terror attack and to expose the whole trial as a frame to whitewash Iran. The assigned federal judge and the other prosecutors were dismissed for mishandling the case, and Nisman was left with the full responsibility of leading the UFI – an investigative unit of thirty to fifty first-rate professionals.
Perednik adds, “In 2007, Nisman visited Israel and lectured at The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Knesset and other institutions. In an interview by you, Manfred, Nisman stated that under his supervision, they even had to investigate 300 million phone calls made between 1991 and 1994. Some of these conversations revealed a link between the two bombings.
“In 2008 Nisman called for the arrest and interrogation of former President Carlos Menem who had been in office from 1989-1999, when the bombings took place. Nisman accused Menem of the cover-up.”
“Nisman had many bodyguards. He feared for his life but was determined to find out the truth. I was in close contact with him for many years. I noticed how his personal attitude toward Judaism developed, especially since his visit to Israel.
“In 2009, the Supreme Court of Argentina ordered the reopening of additional inquiries in the attack. A few months later at the United Nations, Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a Peronist, demanded Iran’s collaboration with the inquiries, since the Tehran government had never even answered any of the UFI’s requests.
“In January 2013 Argentina and Iran signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ that transformed the demand for justice into a political negotiation. A joint Argentinian-Iranian ‘truth’ commission was created to investigate the AMIA bombing –one can say that this was a case of the victims and the terrorists working together. The Jewish community protested strongly, because this rapprochement with Iran would lead to the burial of the whole case. The commission was eventually declared unconstitutional in 2014 by the Supreme Court. Kirschner is still fighting this decision and is also trying to remove the judges who won’t comply with her plan of whitewashing Iran.
“Before his death, Nisman openly confronted Kirschner. A few days before his body was found, Nisman had accused the President and her Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of making a secret deal with the Iranian government with the aim of protecting the Iranian culprits from being prosecuted. Shortly before Nisman was scheduled to provide the evidence to the Argentinian legislators, he “committed suicide.”
There is evidence that much of the evidence collected by Nisman was destroyed in his apartment before the bullet killed him. His former wife and federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado requested that the prosecutor investigating the death of Nisman be replaced. This was refused. In addition, a character assassination of Nisman was promoted by governmental officials.
“In the meantime, there have been consequences of this affair for Argentinian Jewry as well. The next presidential elections are being held in October 2015. Kirschner cannot run as she has already served the maximum two terms. In April she tweeted an accusation that seems to have inspired by the Protocols of the Elders of Sion. Her comment claimed that Nisman, some American Jews and local Jewish leaders are conspiring with world financial forces to destabilize governments the world over –including hers. In July 2015, Kirschner told a class of 10-year-old schoolchildren that “in order to understand the financial greed and usury against Argentina, they should read The Merchant of Venice.”
“The Washington Post, in an editorial article, has asked for an international investigation of Nisman’s death. They are convinced that the matter will never be properly investigated by the Argentinian judicial system because it is becoming increasingly politicized under the current government.”
Perednik concludes, “Argentinian Jews, and Jews in general, are rendered scapegoats when there is a need to deviate public attention from governmental misdeeds and failures. It is a classic story, isn’t it?”
To Kill Without A Trace- A Prequel to 9/11 – Iranian bombs in Buenos Aires. (Canada: Mantua Books, 2014).