The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program announced a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the identification or location of Salman Raouf Salman, also known as Samuel Salman El Reda, a key leader of Hezbollah. Salman is most well-known for his prominent role in the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Society (AMIA), a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bombing has not only left a permanent hold in the hearts of the families of the 85 children, parents and grandparents who were killed, but also has been traumatic for the 300 or so others who were injured in the bombing.
Today, Salman is a leader of Hezbollah’s External Security Organization (ESO), which is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing Hezbollah terrorist attacks around the globe. Not only does he direct and support Hezbollah terrorist activities in the Western Hemisphere, he has been involved in plots worldwide.
Concurrently with today’s Rewards for Justice reward offer, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Salman as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224. As a result of the designation, all of Salman’s assets that are based in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.
According to Toby Dershowitz, FDD’s senior vice president for government relations and strategy, “The RFJ announcement says to Argentina, we’ve got your back on this. And it says to Lebanon, Argentina’s fight against terrorism is our fight too.”
Read the full press release here.