Ahmadinejad in New York

Ahmadinejad in New York

New York Sun Editorial
September 13, 2006

If the Holocaust-denying, nuclear
terrorism-sponsoring president of Iran thinks he’s going to flit into
New York next week for the U.N. General Assembly and escape
unchallenged, boy is he going to be in for a surprise. Nobel laureate
Elie Wiesel yesterday added his name to a small but high-powered
international group of private citizens who are pushing to have Iran
thrown out of the United Nations in response to Iran’s violations of
the 1948 Convention to Prevent and Punish the Crime of Genocide.

President Ahmadinejad will also be met with a large rally on
September 20 outside the U.N. at noon organized by the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Community
Relations Council of New York, and the UJA-Federation of New York. The
rally, in support of Israel, calls for implementation of U.N. Security
Council Resolution 1701, which calls for disarming Iran’s proxy army
Hezbollah. It also calls for supporting the war against state sponsors
of terror, including Iran. The executive vice chairman of the
Conference, Malcolm Hoenlein, told us yesterday that he’s received
requests from as far away as Texas, Arkansas, Ottawa, and New Hampshire
to participate in the rally.

The legal effort in which Mr. Wiesel is involved, established at the
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, includes a former Israeli
ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold, and a former Israeli
ambassador to America, Meir Rosenne. "It is hard to believe that at a
time when the president of Iran is making statements denying the
Holocaust and does not hide his intention to erase Israel from the map,
the enlightened world is planning to host Ahmadinejad at the opening of
the General Assembly instead of evicting his country from the U.N.
altogether," the group said in a statement issued yesterday.

It might seem farfetched to invoke a genocide convention against
Iran when, thank goodness, no genocide has happened yet. But the treaty
— which Iran itself signed and ratified — is called the Convention on
the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. In Bosnia,
Rwanda, and Darfur, the United Nations and the world waited until after
the slaughter to act. In this case, there has been a warning. The
leader of Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah, has
stated that if the Jews "all gather in Israel, it will save us the
trouble of going after them worldwide," and said, "it is an open war
until the elimination of Israel and until the death of the last Jew on

The treaty states that "Direct and public incitement to commit
genocide" is punishable. We don’t have much confidence in the
enforceability of international law, which seems to be used in practice
mainly as a hammer by neutralist groups like Human Rights Watch to
pound Israel and America. Yet the legal campaign, like the rally to be
held in New York, is significant in shaping public awareness of Iran’s
intentions — an awareness that is vital to preventing the genocide that
Iran openly boasts that it intends.


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