Foundation for Defense of Democracies names award for Nisman

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Foundation for Defense of Democracies named an honor for Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor who investigated the 1994 AMIA bombing.

“This award is intended to recognize men and women who—like Alberto Nisman—relentlessly pursue justice for the victims of terrorism, and who risk their own lives protecting the innocent from the forces of hatred and intolerance,” Clifford May, the foundation’s president, said in a statement. “It is our honor and privilege to help preserve Alberto’s legacy and keep his memory alive.”

Nisman, 51, the special prosecutor in the AMIA bombing, was found dead in his Buenos Aires home on Jan. 18, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the attack.

The 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires killed 85 and left hundreds injured. Hezbollah is believed to have carried out the attack. Iran denies helping the terrorist group plan the attack.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank which has consulted closely with the administration and with Congress on Iran issues, noted Nisman’s work in exposing Iran’s activities in Latin America.

The Nisman award’s first recipient is Robert Morgenthau, 95, who was from 1974 to 2009 the Manhattan district attorney. In that capacity, he prosecuted national security cases and helped enforce Iran sanctions. He will receive the award on April 15 at the foundation’s annual Washington forum.