Jewish Groups Express Outrage at Iran’s Appointment to Head Key UN Committee

October 2, 2013 12:32 pm 29 comments
Irani President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations. Photo: Screenshot.

Irani President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations. Photo: Screen shot.

Iran was elected Tuesday by United Nations member states to serve as the rapporteur of the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. Iran, which had lobbied for the position for months, also serves as chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, the largest bloc of nations at the UN.

The American Jewish Committee expressed its outrage at the development on Wednesday, saying in a statement that “Rewarding Iran for misbehavior is a tragic stain on the UN.”

“The country that today is the number one threat to global security should be the last one to lead UN initiatives on disarmament,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said. “Iran’s quest for nuclear-weapons capability, its longstanding support for international terrorist groups, its interference in Syria and other Middle East countries, among other military adventures, should have automatically disqualified Iran from such an influential position in the world body.”

The Anti Defamation League also issued a damning statement, calling the appointment “the height of hypocrisy.”

“This action, which comes on a day dominated by the discussion about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and Syria’s use of chemical weapons,  represents the height of hypocrisy at the U.N.  Iran’s appointment to a leadership role in a body charged with disarmament and counteracting threats to peace is simply unbelievable,” said Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The international community’s greatest global challenge is the Iranian regime with its countless violations of international conventions, and threats to peace through its nuclear weapons program and sponsorship of world-wide terrorism.”

“Iran’s election to be the face of the First Committee in the General Assembly only serves to further undermine the U.N.’s credibility,” the ADL concluded.

Iran will now head a committee tasked with handling disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community, while seeking out solutions to challenges in the international security realm.

The First Committee includes all 193 UN member states, and a new rapporteur is elected for each annual session of the UN General Assembly.

“Nonetheless, this should not in any way deter world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. — from standing firm in current negotiations to ensure that Iran comes clean on its nuclear program and dismantles all elements that make possible the building of weapons of mass destruction. Such steps would demonstrate Iran’s own commitment to disarmament,” Harris said.

29 Comments

  • How one can believes Iran , A country that sponsors terrorism around the Globe that so far killed so many innocent peoples from all diferents religions and In so many countries far too long . Iran is a country that is not to be trusted .

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Yes is an insult to the intellect of human! The Islamic regime of Iran is clearly a global Islamic progressive empowering of the ideological Islamic goal to dominate the world to impose the hatred Muslim religion, Iranian’s dissident of the regime had been torture and eliminate or prisoner. The sharia law is barbaric, that violate basic human right like women’s incapacity to had justice in case of rape. Islam all around the world is fueling injustice, atrocity and regime that are negating western establishment of liberty-freedom, religion equality of human been. In the country control but not only by Islam the terror and cruelty against other had never been so bad apart during the Ottoman Empire that had been trying many time to conquest Europe. They had been stop a least three times by God help

  • Forget about Jewish groups expressing outrage!! Every sane citizen of this planet should be “expressing outrage” at this joke. It is time for the American people and particularly the citizens of New York, Jew and Gentile, to eject the ersatz “United Nations” from our beloved city.

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Yes is an insult to the intellect of human!The Islamic regime of Iran is clearly a global Islamic progressive empowering of the ideological Islamic goal to dominate the world to impose the sharia Muslim religion of intolerance and human right abuse like women rape that are slashed and negate justice.

  • Mark Bernadiner

    We need New Nuremberg Trybunal on UN. UN, a gang of Nazi descendents, involves in deception, lies, thievry, murders, anti-Semitic propaganda.

  • UN = Useless Nobodies

  • How long is the UN going to keep “fooling” everyone with their extreme anti-Jewish, and anti-Israel actions?!

  • Balcha Aba nefso

    U.N. is the right where election of iran.
    because, Iran is a peaceful and intellectual country !!!!!

  • Alison Weston

    Ditto ditto ditto

  • The UN is a waste of space.

  • Perhaps this would not have happened if Israel had not nuked Syria twice, once on the night of 4/5 May 2013 15 miles outside of Damascus and another on 6 August 2013 near Olms. Iran has not invaded anyone for hundreds of years. On 3 Sep. 2013 they tried to do it again, but a US destroyer shot down two Israeli submarine launched missiles.

    Israel has ended detente’ and put the world at risk of a nuclear war. The Russians have re-deployed its Polaris submarines and reactivated its war machine.

    Putin deserves the Nobel Peace prize.

  • The UN should have its main and ONLY office in Iran with the mullahs……no fancy New York, no currupt Geneve, maybe in Qum……

  • THE UN HAS OUTLIVED IT’S USEFULLNESS.
    Chuck it into the East River and be done with it.

  • Despicable. UN is the league of rogues and vultures.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Un stinks!

  • Another example of the fox protecting the hen house!
    Disgusting!!

    • Luigi Rosolin

      Val,agree: Obama is a fox and America influence on UN is undermine the already pour policy. Obama had and is promoting Islam extremist include Iran, he should been impeached.His brother is a prominent Muslim Brotherhood and Obama as for Muslim religion is lies and act to establish a world dominate by Islam with all the consequence.His support for abortion and LGBT in line with is purpose to undermine America that logically will open the door to more Islamic control in the world.

  • Can we all agree the UN is useless – in fact its dangerous to believe its anything more

  • Zalman Weinberg

    Defies logic and reason (perhaps a good motto for the UN)…I see, let’s put the wolf in charge of the sheep…it’s another example of the useless of the UN in standing for what it’s charter said it would be.

  • Ive said it for years…. we need to burn down the UN…and NOT start over.

  • The real disgrace is the USA, UK and Europe that support this morally bankrupt UN body.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Just wait till they go nuclear and Obama leads the charge to give them a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

    • Isn’t Israel already “nuclear?” Remember the fissile material stolen from France? It seems we have the kettle calling the pot black.

      • Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons is solely for their self protection. Is anyone threatening Iran, Russia, China’s destruction? When neighboring country/countries state they want all Israelis to die, one can only arm themselves with weapons to protect themselves. Don’t blame Israel for wanting to survive.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Hey, I just though of another great idea to save human manpower: How about putting a fox in charge of a chicken coop? What? Thats been thought of before?

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