Elie Wiesel joins call to expel Iran from the UN

Thursday, September 14, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Nobel Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel has joined a group of prominent Israelis calling for the expulsion of Iran from the United Nations.

“We know how Ahmadinejad’s move begins, but we do not know how this ends,” Wiesel said at the opening of the UN General Assembly Meetings in New York this week.

The group, which was created by the Jerusalem Center for State and Public Affairs, demands that Iran be expelled from the world body for the remarks made by its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and for “repeated violations of the principles of the UN’s charter.”

The group also plans to expose Ahmadinejad’s violations of the “treaty against genocide.” The group includes prominent figures such as former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold, former ambassador to France and the US Meir Rosen, former head of international affairs in the State Prosecutor’s Office Irit Kahan, former Director General of the Foreign Ministry Eitan Benzur and other legal experts.

The group’s claim is based on article 6 of the UN Charter which stipulates that “a member of the UN which repeatedly violates the principles of the charter could be expelled by the General Assembly with a recommendation of the Security Council.”

The group maintains that “Ahmadinejad’s statements are public incitement for genocide.”

“The Iranian threat is not purely theoretical. Based on the definitions of international law, the Iranian President is in violation of the treaty to prevent genocide which was ratified by his country. This violation is punishable by the UN, the International Criminal Court, or in local courts,” the group said.

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