US Jewish Groups Call for UN Walkout on Ahmadinejad
American Jewish organizations have called on United Nations representatives from around the world to walk out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week. Ahmadinejad plans to take the podium during the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
Ahmadinejad's planned speech “makes a mockery of the efforts of many countries to prevent nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism from becoming the gravest global threats of this century,” said a statement from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Iranian leaders have refused to allow international oversight of their nuclear program, and Ahmadinejad has threatened to destroy the state of Israel.
The World Jewish Congress asked its members around the world to pressure their respective governments' representatives to take part in the walkout.
In his UN speech last year, Ahmadinejad accused Israel of genocide and insinuated that Zionists control governments worldwide, saying, “It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the US, to attain its racist ambitions.”
Ahmadinejad: US, Israel Behind Terror
As Jewish groups fought against giving legitimacy to Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president gave a speech accusing the United States and Israel of being behind global terrorism. “We have documents that prove [the US] is the root of world terrorism,” he said in a speech quoted by the Iranian Fars news agency.
Ahmadinejad also claimed that the US has admitted to using nuclear weapons in Iraq.
Clinton: Ahmadinejad an Anti-Semite
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton harshly criticized Ahmadinejad, calling him a supporter of terrorism and an anti-Semite. "Iran, with its anti-Semitic president and hostile nuclear ambitions, also continues to threaten Israel, destabilize the region, and sponsor terror," Clinton told the American Jewish Committee.