ahmadinejad parade 311.
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NEW YORK - Jewish groups are calling on UN member representatives to
walk out in protest when Iran's president speaks next week at the United
Mahmoud Ahmadenijad's plans to address
the UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference on May 3
makes a mockery of the proceedings, Jewish groups said.
"We call on all countries, particularly those that value democracy and
freedom, to leave the United Nations hall when Iran’s president, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, rises to speak," the president and executive vice chairman
of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
said in a statement. “Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability
poses a threat to the region and the entire Western world. To have
President Ahmadinejad address this review conference makes a mockery of
the efforts of many countries to prevent nuclear weapons and nuclear
terrorism from becoming the gravest global threats of this century."
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York issued an action
alert urging readers to e-mail U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at firstname.lastname@example.org
to protest Ahmadenijad's inclusion at the conference.
The World Jewish Congress asked its member communities to contact their
government representatives to persuade them to participate in the
protest walkout, saying in a statement, "It is dismaying that, once
again, the U.N. is allowing the head of a regime, foremost in the
sponsorship of terrorism and the abuse of human rights, who defies U.N.
resolutions regarding its nuclear ambitions, to appear before the