ADL: Iran's Appointment to U.N. First Committee "The Height of Hypocrisy"

New York, NY, October 2, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called Iran’s election as rapporteur for a United Nations committee responsible for disarmament and threats to peace “the height of hypocrisy.”

On October 1, Iran was elected to be rapporteur for the U.N.’s “First Committee” which is responsible for “disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.”  The rapporteur is charged with reporting on the committee’s proceedings to the General Assembly for the current 68th session.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

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.

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.

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