September 11, 2009

The war vultures train for the next big war (Iran)

Senior Administration officials and Congressional leaders will address hundreds of leaders of national Jewish organizations and Jewish communities from across the nation at the National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran on Thursday, September 10.

The National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day is organized by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Iran, which includes UJC/The Jewish Federations of North America, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia, as well as numerous national Jewish organizations and friends of the community.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), House Majority Leader; Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH), House Republican Leader; Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-VA), House Republican Whip; Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee Chair; and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Republican Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee, have already confirmed their participation.

Reflecting support for President Obama’s position that Iran’s acquisition of nuclear arms capacity is “unacceptable,” this Advocacy Day is intended to urge implementation of strong economic and diplomatic measures directed at the Iranian regime and the expeditious adoption of key legislative initiatives now before Congress, including the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act.

National and community leaders are meeting with members of Congress because of the grave threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to fundamental U.S. national security interests and to world peace. They will encourage the Administration to take full advantage of the tools provided by the proposed legislation in order to advance the international effort to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear arms capability.

According to the organizers of the Advocacy Day, a government that has so little regard for human life, truth, and human rights – as does the current Iranian regime – must not be entrusted to possess the most powerful weapons known to humankind.

Participating delegations represent most major metropolitan areas from across the country, including Los Angeles and San Diego, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, the Greater New York City area, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Dallas and the Greater Washington D.C. area. (UJC Press release)


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