Jerusalem, Israel – Following an appeal from the Argentinean Attorney General, Interpol has now issued international extradition warrants for five senior Iranians and one senior Hezbollah operative. The charge was involvement in the suicide bombing attack of the Jewish community center building (AMIA) in Argentina in 1994. The six are suspected of involvement in the July 18, 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Building (AMIA) in Argentina, which killed 85 individuals and wounded several hundred.

The six for whom the warrants were issued are:

A.      Imad Moughnieh , Hassan Nasrallah’s military deputy and head of Hezbollah’s External Security Service. He is an internationally notorious terrorist who was responsible for many terrorist attacks against Western, Israeli and Jewish targets in Lebanon and in other countries, and is wanted by the United States .

B. Mohsen Rabbani, Iranian cultural attaché in Buenos Aires at the time of the attack.

C. Ahmad Reza Asghari (also known as Mohsen Randjbaran), third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires at the time of the attack.

D. Ahmad Vahidi, formerly commander of the Qods Force and today acting Iranian minister of defense.

E. Mohsen Rezai, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, formerly and currently secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council.

F. Ali Fallahijan, formerly Iran’s minister of intelligence and security, today advisor to Iranian leader Khamenei.

On Nov. 10, 2006, the Argentinean attorney general issued international arrest warrants for Iran’s former president, Ali Rafsanjani, and eight additional men who were involved in the bombing of the AMIA building, on the charge of crimes against humanity. Two weeks later, Argentina asked Interpol to issue warrants for the nine (eight of whom are Iranian). Interpol’s Executive Council reported that after weighing various written and oral testimonies presented in Argentina and Iran , it had decided to adopt the summation of the report prepared by Interpol’s legal department regarding issuing international arrest warrants for five Iranians and one Hezbollah operatives who had been involved in the attack.

These warrants went into effect on March 31, 2007.

Iran denies any involvement in the attack, and has criticized both the investigation conducted in Argentina and Interpol’s Executive Committee decision resulting from it. Iranian spokesmen have said that Interpol’s decision is unacceptable and that the issuing of warrants is a violation of Interpol’s constitution. Iranian sources described the decision as “a Zionist plot” intended to deflect international attention from the “crimes Israel commits against women and children in Palestine.” Nevertheless, Iran has not yet filed an official appeal with Interpol regarding the decision.

David Bedein can be reached at His Web site is

©The Bulletin 2007


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.