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The Israeli Embassy in Mexico was vandalized late Wednesday, Sept. 21, during what started off as a peaceful protest by family members and supporters of 43 missing Ayotzinapa rural teacher’s college students who disappeared in the coastal state of Guerrero in 2014.

Zerón has been living in self-imposed exile in Israel for nearly two years, where he has requested asylum, claiming that he is a politically persecuted person by the current administration of leftist Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

Mexico has no formal extradition treaty with Israel, and recent diplomatic tiffs between the two countries have not helped to grease the wheels of conciliation for the processing of that extradition request.

During the protest, a group of hooded demonstrators destroyed the embassy’s security cameras and painted anti-Zionist and anti-sematic slogans of the compound’s walls.

Late Wednesday night, Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Zvi Tal issued a video statement in response to the attack on his embassy saying that bilateral relations between Mexico and Israel, now in their 70th year, remain firm and that his government is carefully analyzing Mexico’s request to extradite Zerón.

Tal also said that the vicious graffiti scrawled on the embassy wall had no relationship with the Ayotzinapa case.

Zerón has been accused of destroying evidence and torturing witnesses during the initial investigation of the 2014 disappearance of the students.

A second investigation was launched by the López Obrador administration shortly after he took office in December 2018, but again, the case has remained muddied by politics and contradictory evidence, leaving the families of the missing students frustrated and exhausted in the quest for answers.

Last week, the AMLO administration announced the arrest of Army General José Rodríguez Pérez in connection with the case and reiterated its request for Zerón’s extradition.

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