Baruch Ivcher is an Israeli-born businessman and an important public figure in Peru. His life story delivers an inspiring message of courage and hope, and his many contributions to Israeli society are felt even from afar.
Mr. Ivcher was born in 1940 in Hadera, and served in the IDF in the Signal Corps. In 1967, he graduated from the Hebrew University Law School and opened a law firm in his home town. Shortly thereafter, he pursued a two-year business opportunity in Peru, and has remained there to this day. He opened a small factory in Peru, and later established an “Open House” which hosted Israeli travelers.
In 1984, Mr. Ivcher received Peruvian citizenship, and his business ventures continued to prosper. He turned his interest to the media industry, and by the early 1990’s he was the owner of the second-largest television station in Peru. As a valiant warrior for freedom of expression, Mr. Ivcher nurtured journalistic freedom among his station’s reporters, who had exposed corruption in the government leadership, with direct relation to drug trafficking. In an attempt to silence the station’s critical voice, the dictatorial Peruvian regime began a campaign of persecution and false accusation against Mr. Archer, including claims of treason that carry a death penalty. In 1997, the regime withdrew his citizenship and confiscated all his property and businesses.
During this period, while residing in Herzliya and in Miami, Mr. Ivcher received strong support for his brave stance from the U.S. Congress and in Europe.
After years of effort, Mr. Ivcher won a trial against the Peruvian government in the International Court in Costa Rica. After the fall of the dictatorial regime and the President’s exile from Peru, Mr. Ivcher returned to Peru, regaining his citizenship and property.
Since 1963, Baruch Ivcher has been the close friend of Professor Uriel Reichman, Founder and President of Reichman University. In the early days of the Reichman University, Mr Ivcher demonstrated his support of the young institution by generously establishing the Ivcher auditorium, which remains the largest auditorium on the Reichman University campus today. Mr. Ivcher is active in Israeli business through real estate holdings, owns factories across South America, and is a distributor of Hollywood movies in Peru. With all of his globe-spanning activities, Baruch Ivcher always maintains a warm place in his heart for contributing to Israeli society.