IN WAKE OF AHMADINEJAD’S ANTI-SEMITIC UN SPEECH, WIESENTHAL CENTER URGES UN
SECRETARY GENERAL BAN AND THE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF SECURITY COUNCIL TO
DENOUNCE THE NAZI-LIKE TIRADE AND REJECT TEHRAN’S SECURITY COUNCIL
MEMBERSHIP

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Simon
Wiesenthal Center called on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and
permanent members of the UN Security Council to openly denounce Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his hateful, anti-Semitic and
anti-American speech at the General Assembly on Tuesday.

“The United Nations was founded to defeat Nazism. Yet yesterday,
amidst an unprecedented world economic crisis, Iran’s President stood before
the nations of the world at the UN and invoked the very anti-Semitic canards
of Jewish manipulation and control used by Hitler and Goebbels to justify
the genocide of the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean
of the Wiesenthal Center. “And just as Hitler found allies for his
apocalyptic vision, Ahmadinejad basked in the applause of diplomats and
dignitaries,” he continued.

At a press conference held today at the Wiesenthal Center, Associate
Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said that, “Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric represents a
serious escalation by the Iranian regime which, in a time of an
unprecedented global economic crisis, tries to lay blame for all the world’s
ills on the Jewish people. We usually expect such hateful rhetoric to
appear on the websites of the neo-Nazis and the KKK. But here it is spouted
by a man who is this close to having nuclear missiles. We should be
isolating such a man, not breaking bread with him.”

The Center, which has full NGO status at the United Nations, has
called on the five permanent member States on the Security Council: China,
France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, to bar Tehran’s
request for a seat on the Security Council. Mark Weitzman, Director of the
Wiesenthal Center’s Task Force Against Hate, will hand deliver that urgent
request tomorrow to the appropriate Ambassadors. The Center has also
launched an online petition campaign to Secretary General Ban urging action
against the Iranian regime (log onto www.wiesenthal.com).

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international
Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the
United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United
Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.
For more information, please contact the Center’s Public Relations
Department, 310-553-9036.