In case you didn’t know it, there’s a bit of argy-bargy going on in Argentina right now. They were all set to release the findings of a long investigation into the infamous bombing of Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, which is widely believed to have been the work of Hezbollah acting on Iranian orders. In fact there are long standing international arrest warrants for various Iranians (some of whom have now become very senior in the Iranian regime).
On the eve of giving testimony, the head of the investigation was found dead with a pistol in his hand, a bullet wound in his head and slumped against the inside of his locked bathroom. The only detail the story lacked was how many shots to the head he’d managed to kill himself with. The initial, official, claims of suicide have now been undermined by the country’s President, Cristina Kirchner, now admitting that Alberto Nisman was, in fact, murdered.
Some experts, including a former American F.B.I. agent who helped the Argentines in their investigation, have questioned the claims of direct Iranian involvement in the bombing. Still, Argentina had limited relations with Iran for years, partly because of the investigation’s importance to the nation’s large Jewish population.
Well lots of countries have had “limited relations with Iran for years” and that doesn’t seem to be related to the number of Jews in their countries. And what’s that about “large Jewish population”? Oh fact checkers of the New York Times, how many Jews does it take before you say a country has a “large Jewish population”?
Turning to the Book of Knowledge™, Wikipedia, we find:
|Country or Territory||Core Jewish Population||Proportion of country population||Enlarged Jewish Population||Proportion of country population|
|United States||5,400,000 – 6,800,000||2.11%||8,300,000||2.644%|
So while yes, Argentina does make the top 7 of countries with Jews as a percentage of total population (and what’s the deal with Gibraltar!!!), I’d hardly say that 230,000 Jews should really be seen as pushing a nation of 41m people around.
So do is there really a problem with Jews having undue influence and stoping the fine Argentinians exporting their beef and grain to Iran in return for cheap oil? Is it just possible that non-Jewish Argentinians were also upset by Iranian proxies blowing up Argentinians (who also happen to be Jews) or is the NYT implying that no Jews can really be completely Argentinian? Where have I heard that kind of canard before?
Oh dear New York Times, whatever did you mean by “large Jewish population”? Did you mean to say “Jewish problem” instead?