Reform Jewish Leaders Applaud Walk-out During Ahmadinejad's UN Address
Statement issued in response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address this morning to the opening session of the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference.
NEW YORK, NY, May 3, 2010 - In response to
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address this morning to the opening
session of the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review
conference, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued
the following statement:
has shown time and again the importance of international dialogue and exchange.
Yet when events such as this week's UN meeting on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) are used as a forum for the dissemination of lies, the event and
its attendees are diminished. As in his prior appearances at similar
international events, Iranian President Ahmadinejad used his time at the podium
to spew invective and hate. Thus, we applaud the world leaders who expressed
their opposition to Ahmadinejad's remarks by walking out during his speech.
significance of the nuclear threat to our world cannot be overstated. From the
problem of loose-nukes to the pursuit of nuclear weapons capability by dangerous
nations including Iran, the need for serious international dialogue and
cooperation is vital. We commend the Obama Administration for taking the lead
on strengthening the NPT and we support the seriousness with which the nations
of the world in attendance at the UN meeting are facing this challenge. We urge
the international community to move forward swiftly with strong sanctions
against a defiant Iran, to make it clear that its pursuit of nuclear weapons is
unacceptable. We commend those leaders that walked out of Ahmadinejad's speech
today, demonstrating that the community of nations will not acquiesce to Iran's
nuclear agenda or its president's mendacity.