Activists and relatives of the 43 normalistas disappeared from Ayotzinapavandalized the Israeli Embassy, demanding the extradition of Tomás Zerón, former director of the defunct Criminal Investigation Agency and accused of committing irregularities in the case.
A few days after the eighth anniversary of the event, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Israeli diplomatic headquarters, located in the western part of the Mexican capital, where they made graffiti with the legends “extradition of Tomás Zerón”, “neither forgive nor forget” and ” 43″.
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Although the protest, in which the parents of the disappeared participated, began peacefully, hooded youth began to paint the walls and hit the security cameras of the compound.
The demonstrators accompanied their demands with shouts of “Free Palestine” and “Long live Palestine” and even painted “Palestine lives” and “Death to Zionism” on the walls.
The protest paralyzed traffic in the Lomas de Chapultepec area, one of the wealthiest in the Mexican capital, for about an hour.
Since September 2020, Mexico announced the request to extradite Zerón from Israel, a former official of Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term (2012-2018) accused of hiding evidence and torturing witnesses in the case of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa in September 2014.
But the process was complicated because both countries do not have an extradition agreement and The New York Times published in July that Israel ignored the request as alleged retaliation for Mexico’s vote in the UN in favor of investigating the crisis in Palestine.
Given this situation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed last October the content of a letter he sent to the Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, to request Zerón’s extradition.
This is one of the protests with which activists and relatives demand justice when there are days left until the eight years of the crime.
The controversy has been revived this year after the report of the Truth Commission, created by López Obrador, which concluded on August 18 that it was “a State crime”, that there is no evidence that they are alive and recognizes the participation of elements of the Armed Forces.
The commission rejected the “historical truth”, the version of the Peña Nieto government that affirmed that corrupt police officers detained the students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, which murdered them and incinerated them in a garbage dump in Guerrero.
The López Obrador administration denied that version, agreeing with relatives and with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), which stated that the bodies could not be burned in that place.
Embassy of Israel responds
Israel’s ambassador to Mexico, Zvi Talrecorded a message that went up to the account of Twitter of the Embassy of Israelin which he points out that despite the “traumatic” event that occurred at the Israeli embassy in Mexico, he continues to firmly believe in the future of the relationship diplomatwhich we are celebrating 70 years of exchanges and collaborations.
“We share the pain of the relatives of the normalistas of Ayotzinapa and we respect the commitment of the highest Mexican authorities to throw into the light the about this case. Nevertheless, Israel What Condition of lawmust increase its international legal obligations while examining the request required by Mexico, even when dealing with a request related to an open wound of opinion mexican public“, indicated Zvi Tal.
The ambassador assured that “it is clear that the violence displayed during the demonstration, where they left the walls of our headquarters painted with offensive graffiti and it is written “death a Israel“, has nothing to do with the case of Ayotzinapa“.
“We will continue working to strengthen the ties that unite Mexico and Israel and for the well-being of both peoples. Long live Mexico! Long live Israel! Long live the friendship between Mexico and Israel!”, concluded the ambassador.