Kofi Buzz: House Leaders express their Iran worries to the UN's
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(NJDC) On Friday, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), and
Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) led a group of sixty House members -- all but four of
whom were Democrats -- in writing to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
pressing for an unambiguous, formal United Nations denunciation of Iran's
recent call for Israel to be "wiped off the map." In sending the letter,
Rep. Waxman noted, "There must be a stronger condemnation considering Iran's
support for terrorist groups that attack Israel, and its determination to
develop nuclear weapons and obtain long-range missiles capable of striking
Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
We commend you for swiftly rejecting Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad's virulent and unprovoked threats against Israel. We
urge you to also work for strong U.N. action to hold Iran
accountable for its disregard of international law.
During his October 26, 2005 speech at
the "World without Zionism" conference in Tehran,
President Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be "wiped off the
map" and led group chants of "death to Israel." His
deplorable comments were a blatant violation of Article 2 of the
United Nations Charter, which maintains the sovereign equality of
U.N. Members, and a further escalation of previous Iranian threats
to use nuclear weapons against the Jewish State.
At the conference, President
Ahmadinejad also appeared beside Sheikh Hassan Nesrallah, leader of
the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization that operates
out of Lebanon. Together they called for violence against Israel and
threatened those in the international community working to achieve a
two state solution and a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. The event coincided with a terrorist attack in Northern
Israel by Islamic Jihad, another Iranian-sponsored terrorist
The danger of Iran's rhetoric and its
terrorist claims are only underscored by its efforts to obtain
long-range missles and to develop a nuclear weapon in violation of
the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The
Iranian leadership's open beligerance is a grave matter that must be
dealt with decisively by the U.N. leadership.
While the U.N. Security Council has
issued a press statement condemning the Iranian President's
comments, it is necessary for the U.N. to formally respond as an
institution and consider all appropriate recourses to rebuke
Iran for its actions. Iran must recognize that there are
consequences for its hostile behavior and U.N. which has a long
history of unfair treatment of Israel, must speak out loudly and
clearly in support of its existence.
Henry A. Waxman, Allyson Y.
Schwartz, Pahm Emanuel, Gene Green, Linda T. Sanchez, Alcee L.
Hastings, Hohn Shimkus, Howard L. Berman, Edward J Markey, Doris O.
Matsui, Jim Costa, Joseph Crowley, Brian Higgens, Michael R. McNuffy,
Jerrold Nadler, Mark Steven Kirk, Mike Ross, Zoe Lofgre, Gary L.
Ackerman, John Lewis, Robert W. Ney, Susan A. Davis, Robert Menendez,
Nite M. Lowey, Corolyn B. Maloney, Dan Burton, Chris Van Hollen,
Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Rush D. Holt, Carolyn McCarthy, Barney Frank,
Michael M. Honda, Diane E. Watson, Bob Etheridge, Shelly Berkley,
Lloyd Doggett, Ike Skelton, Anthony Weiner, Eliot L. Engel, Adam B.
Schiff, Tim Holden, Michael F. Doyle, Steve Israel, Jim Matheson,
Tim Bishop, Martin T. Meehan, Artur Davis, Frank Palone Jr., Steve
R. Rothman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sander M. Levin, George
Miller, Gregory W. Meeks, Brad Sherman, Rose L. DeLauro, Betty
McCollum, Kendrick B. Meek, Charles A. Gonzalez, Benjamin L. Cardin,
and Tom Lantos.
Members of Congress