New York, NY, December 22, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on European leaders to take decisive action to isolate the Iranian regime following a series of incendiary speeches by Iran's president where he denied the Holocaust and called for the destruction of the State of Israel.
In letters sent to foreign ministers of the 25 nations of the European Union, the League commended European leaders for their strong denunciations of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's extreme rhetoric. But ADL urged the governments to go farther with "strong steps" that would isolate the Iranian regime by severing bilateral ties, freezing its assets and banning its leaders from entering E.U. member states.
"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's outrageous statement that the Holocaust of six million Jews was a 'myth,' compounded by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, makes it absolutely clear that Iran represents a grave threat not just to our security, but to our values," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
An ADL advertisement in the International Herald Tribune scheduled to run December 23 calls on European leaders to "Stand Up to Iran." The ad says, "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the public face of a regime which threatens us all," and urges governments of the European Union, "to follow up their condemnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with decisive action: Ban him from entering your countries; Isolate the regime he represents; Stand up to Iran's message of hate."
The League's letter to E.U. foreign ministers also urged a review of Iran's participation in international organizations concerned with diplomacy, trade, culture and sport, "with a view to suspending or barring Iranian membership."