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World Cannot Ignore Iranian Vow to Destroy Israel

American Jewish Committee Statement

October 26, 2005 ­ New York

The American Jewish Committee urges world leaders to pay careful attention to what took place in Tehran earlier today.

At a conference entitled "The World Without Zionism,” Iranian President Ahmadinejad openly—and more than once—called for the destruction of Israel. "Israel must be wiped off the map," the Iranian leader was reported as saying.

"Let there be no further doubt, if ever there was, about Iran's intentions," said David A. Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee. "The Iranian president has made clear his views of Israel. In doing so, he has reaffirmed longstanding Iranian policy. Will the world react or turn a blind eye? Let's hope the Iranians get the right message, and fast."

AJC asks all countries of good will to condemn immediately and without reservation these outrageous comments.

In every capital where there is an Iranian embassy, we call on the host country to summon the Iranian ambassador and make unequivocally clear that the views of the Iranian president are totally unacceptable.

We urge nations to consider what concrete actions in the bilateral and multilateral spheres, in addition to statements of condemnation, should be taken to underscore to Tehran that "business as usual" cannot be expected.

We specifically ask the United Nations to review the president's remarks and take appropriate action against Iran, a UN member, for openly calling for the destruction of another member state, Israel.

And we remind those countries that have chosen to support, minimize or ignore Iran's nuclear program that the consequence could be the development of weapons designed to put into action the chilling words of the Iranian leader.


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