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Hillary Clinton Supports ‘Stop Iran Now’ Rally Against Ahmedinejad at the UN

Posted by jewsforhillary on September 23, 2008

September 22, 2008

Clinton Adds Her Voice to Opposition to Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s Visit to New York

Tells Rally Organizers That Iran Must Not Be Permitted Nuclear Weapons 

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today added her voice to the thousands gathering in New York to oppose Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his regime’s nuclear ambitions and threats against Israel. In a letter to organizers of a rally protesting Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York, Senator Clinton underscored the need to deny Iran nuclear weapons and stand firmly with Israel.

“Israel’s right to exist – and exist in safety and peace – must never be called in to question,” Senator Clinton wrote. “We should not, cannot, must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.”

Senator Clinton has long been a leading critic of Ahmadinejad and his regime. In remarks to the Israel Bonds dinner last week in New York, she outlined the threat posed by Iran to Israel, the wider Middle East, and the United States, and urged clear and unequivocal action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Additional statements by Senator Clinton on Israel and the Middle East are available here: http://clinton.senate.gov/issues/nationalsecurity/israel.

The text of Senator Clinton’s letter to rally organizers follows and is available on PDF here: http://www.clinton.senate.gov/documents/news/09_22_08_rally.pdf

September 22, 2008

To Members of the National Coalition to Stop Iran Now along with the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, United Jewish Communities, UJA-Federation of New York, and Jewish Council for Public Affairs:

 

As thousands gather in New York today to stand united against the threat posed by Iran, I add my voice to all those speaking out to oppose the Iranian regime’s support for global terror, pursuit of nuclear weapons, and abuse of human rights.  As Iranian President Ahmadinejad travels to New York, once again using the General Assembly of the United Nations as the stage for his hateful propaganda against Israel and the United States, we must be clear and steadfast in our opposition to the message he carries, and the threat a nuclear-armed Iran would pose.

As we know too well, the President of Iran has made a series of incendiary, outrageous comments, questioning the Holocaust and calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.  Israel’s right to exist – and exist in safety and peace – must never be called in to question. To deny the Holocaust places the President of Iran in the company of the most despicable bigots and historical revisionists.  He has also said “The big powers are going down… a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible.”

President Ahmadinejad’s despicable comments and support for terrorism are even more disturbing in the context of the regime’s quest to acquire nuclear weapons. His anti-American, anti-Israeli rhetoric underscores the seriousness of the threat. Indeed, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) recently found that Iran is making significant progress on developing and operating its centrifuges necessary to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, and that Iran continues to resist efforts to address substantively its alleged nuclear weapons-related work. United States policy in this regard must be clear and unequivocal.  We should not, cannot, must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.  In dealing with this threat, as I have said repeatedly, we must take no option off the table.

We must continue to keep the spotlight on Iran until it ends its anti-American and anti-Semitic policies of hate, ends its nuclear weapons program, and its sponsorship of terrorism. I commend all of those joining today to oppose the Iranian regime’s policies and statements during President Ahmadinejad’s visit.

 
Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

United States Senator

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Clinton: Palestinian TV indontrination is Child Abuse

Posted by jewsforhillary on May 19, 2008

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Senator Clinton Hails Opening of Holocaust Archives

Posted by jewsforhillary on May 2, 2008

Senator Clinton Hails Opening of Holocaust Archives

WASHINGTON, DC Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the opening of the Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.  The archives hold an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of 17.5 million victims, and for the first time the archives are fully open to the public.

At last, Holocaust survivors and their families may find answers they’ve been seeking for six decades.  The archive’s opening will unearth long-buried information about so many who perished, and learning about their tragic fates is a part of our commitment to never forget.  As we near Holocaust Remembrance Day, I welcome the opening of the archives at Bad Arolsen and hope that its holdings will shed some light on one of the darkest chapters of the last century,” said Senator Clinton.

The Bad Arolsen archives long remained the largest closed World War II-era archives in the world, holding an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of some 17.5 million victims. Opening the archives to the public required each of the 11 member countries of the International Commission of the International Tracing Service (ITS) to ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords. On November 28, 2007, the final country ratified the agreement.

Senator Clinton has long supported allowing unfettered public access to the Holocaust archive.  In May 2007, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senator Clinton urging these ITS countries to complete the process and open the archives.  Last December Senator Clinton along with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced resolutions praising the ITS countries’ ratification of the of the May 2006 amendments.

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Senator Clinton Calls on Bush Administration to Engage Middle East Allies in Effort to Resolve Arab-Israeli Conflict

Posted by jewsforhillary on October 3, 2007

Senator Clinton Calls on Bush Administration to Engage Middle East Allies in Effort to Resolve Arab-Israeli Conflict

Commitment from Friendly Arab States Critical to Success in Upcoming Meeting to Address Arab-Israeli Conflict

Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton joined her Senate colleagues, led by Senators Schumer and Graham, in urging the Bush Administration to seek the support of America’s allies in the Middle East as they move forward with plans for a future international meeting on the Arab-Israeli conflict. In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, the Senators stressed that the inclusion and cooperation of Arab countries with close relations to the United States would be a critical factor in the success of such a meeting.

“Peace in the Middle East can not be achieved without a full diplomatic effort by the Administration that encourages America’s Arab allies in the region to take an active, and positive role in the process,” said Senator Clinton. As the Administration moves forward with plans for an international meeting to address the situation, it is my sincere hope that the Secretary of State does not pass up this pivotal opportunity to reach out to these nations to enlist their aid. However, we must also insist that their participation must be substantial, visible, and constructive as we take the next steps in attempting to bring peace and stability to the region.”

The letter to Secretary of State Rice is attached –
October 2, 2007

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Rice,

As you step up American diplomatic actions and prepare for a future international meeting on the Arab-Israeli conflict, we believe it is essential that other key players in the Middle East also step up and meet their responsibilities. The success of such a meeting, and ultimately the peace process itself, will depend on the cooperation we receive from the larger Arab world, particularly from those Arab states with close relations with the United States who have not yet signed agreements with Israel. Your ongoing efforts to work with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are critical, but so is the support these efforts receive from those Arab countries.

We know that in the past, the lack of sufficient support from some of the Arab states have made it difficult to reach earlier agreements. We also know that, for many years, many of these countries have been insisting on greater involvement by the Administration in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Now that you and the Administration are indeed more actively engaged in Middle East diplomacy on an ongoing basis, we also believe that these Arab states should step forward with concrete, positive actions to promote peace and stability in the region.

In particular, you should press friendly Arab countries that have not yet done so, to:

1) Participate in the upcoming international meeting and be a full partner of the United States in advancing regional peace;
2) Take visible, meaningful steps in the financial, diplomatic and political arena to help Palestinian President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad govern effectively and meet their obligations to fight terror;
3) Stop support for terrorist groups and cease all anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement;
4) Recognize Israel’s right to exist and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions;
5) End the Arab League economic boycott of Israel in all of its forms; and
6) Pressure Hamas to recognize Israel, reject terror and accept prior agreements, and isolate Hamas until it takes such steps.

We are encouraged that you are working hard to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. The governments of Israel and the Palestinians are also working as best they can towards that goal. However without a sincere commitment from our allies in the Middle East to be partners in this effort, peace in the region will remain elusive.

We appreciate your attention to this critical matter.

Sincerely,

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UPDATE: Clinton Holocaust Archives Legistlation

Posted by jewsforhillary on April 13, 2007

Full text of the actual Resolution via release from Senator Clinton’s website:

Senator Clinton Introduces Resolution Calling for Opening of Holocaust Archives

Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today introduced a Senate Resolution urging all European nations to allow for open access to the Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The records are the largest closed World-War II-era archives in the world, holding an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of some 17.5 million victims. The resolution was introduced in the House by Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), of which Senator Clinton is a member. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously approved the resolution.

“These records hold the key for millions of families who have tried for more than 60 years to piece together information about the fate of their loved ones. As we approach Holocaust Remembrance Day this Sunday, we should do everything we can to give these families the access they deserve and keep the pressure on countries that have not yet completed the ratification process,” said Senator Clinton.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Clinton, Biden Introduce German Holocaust Archives Legistlation

Posted by jewsforhillary on April 12, 2007

Two U.S. senators introduced legislation urging European nations to allow open access to the Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

Two U.S. senators introduced legislation urging European nations to allow open access to the Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

Sens. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced separate resolutions this week regarding the archives, which contain 50 million records regarding the fate of some 17 million victims of the Nazis. Clinton’s resolution mirrors one introduced in the House of Representatives last month by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Clinton is a member.

In order to allow for open access, each member of the International Commission of the International Tracing Service — the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom — must ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords. Only the United States, Israel, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have done so.

Biden’s resolution also commemorates and links the issue to Yom Hashoah, which takes place Sunday. (JTA)

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Special Fast Of Esther Prayer Vigil and Rally

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 27, 2007

Prayer Vigil at the Iranian Mission – 40th Street and 3rd Avenue, New York
Thursday March 1, 2007 from Noon – 1pm

All friends of America, Israel and Democracy are urged to attend – this is not a political issue. This is about standing up to the threat of evil against the freedom and values we all share.

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Senator Hillary Clinton Condemns Attack on Elie Wiesel

Posted by jewsforhillary on February 13, 2007

Senator Clinton has  issued a statement condemning the vicious physical attack on and attempted kidnapping of Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel this past weekend in San Francisco by a holocaust denier bigot. Ironically, Clinton thus far seems to be the only 2008 hopeful to do so.

“The shameful attack on Elie Wiesel is a violent reminder that we must continue to speak out against Holocaust denial and against hate crimes that seek to silence free speech. Elie survived the Holocaust and has spent a lifetime urging us never to be indifferent toward horrible violence against humanity, never to be passive in the face of suffering and moral wrong. We must not be indifferent when confronting violent acts of hate or disgusting hate speech – whether preached by a world leader or petty thugs – like denying the horrors of the Holocaust. We should all take a page from Elie, passionately dedicating ourselves to fighting genocide, fighting indifference, and fighting for a better future for all children.”

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