60 Groups to Rally Tonight Against Ahmadinejad "Peace" Dinner

Protesters from more than 60 national religious and political organizations  are scheduled to gather outside a "peace" dinner for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City at 6 p.m. today (Sept. 25) in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 East 42nd St. The "Rally Against Ahmadinejad," will feature speakers such as Richard Land of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Rabbi Avi Weiss of AMCHA – The Coalition of Jewish Concerns, and Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights.

The dinner with Ahmadinejad – billed as "Has Not One God Created Us? The Significance of Religious Contributions to Peace" – is hosted by American Friends Service Committee, the Mennonite Central Committee, the Quaker United Nations Office, Religions for Peace and the World Council of Churches – United Nations Liaison Office. Besides Ahmadinejad, other speakers at the dinner include Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann , president of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Rev. Kjell Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway and president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights.

On their official website , the protest rally organizers state, "The religious groups meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad September 25 are being used to give legitimacy to one of the world's greatest violators of human and religious rights. Our mission is to expose the truth of the current Iranian regime's crimes against humanity, and to deny them that false legitimacy." Full list of rally organizers

The dinner comes two days after Ahmadinejad addressed the U.N. General Assembly , telling world leaders gathered for the annual event, "[The] American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road…" and "Today, the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse, and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by itself and its supporters."

Said The Israel Project (TIP) Founder and President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, "If Iran is for peace, why do they keep sending weapons and funds for Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorists who collectively have launched almost 10,000 rockets, missiles and mortars at Israel since Israel gave up all of Gaza three years ago? If Iran is for peace, why has Iran promised to share its nuclear know-how with other countries? This is a man who is responsible for the deaths of innocent people around the world. The international community needs deeds from Ahmadinejad - deeds of peace - not more rhetoric about peace."

TIP is currently running TV ads in the New York City area about the threat of Iran and has put out fact sheets about the danger of the regime.

Despite numerous and recent reports to the contrary, Ahmadinejad also told the U.N. General Assembly that his country's nuclear program is transparent and has provided "full cooperation" to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Agency's reports about Iran – including  one released Sept. 15 – have consistently found that Iran has failed to fully cooperate with the IAEA and that it was impossible to determine whether the program is for peaceful purposes as Iran has claimed. [1] The reports have also found that Iran is continuously developing and operating new centrifuges [2] and enriching uranium in violation of several U.N. Security Council resolutions. [3]

For more information about the Rally Against Ahmadinejad, visit  www.925rally.org or contact (212) 726-1124 or info@925rally.org.

Partial Schedule of Speakers at U.N. General Assembly ( Click here  for latest schedule)

Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

10 a.m. - United Kingdom

12 p.m. - Germany

The U.N. is located at 405 E. 42nd St. in New York City.

U.N. Media contact : Enrique Yeves, U.N. General Assembly spokesman, 212-963-1256

Israeli delegation : Ayelet Frisch, Tel: 011-972-50-620-5111; Ofra Eshed (Travel Director), Tel: 011-972-50-846-8015; Ido Sharir (Consultant to the President), Tel: 011-972-50-846-2010

Contacts for Israeli President Shimon Peres : Spokeswoman Ayelet Frisch, Tel: 011-972-50-620-5111 or Assistant Spokeswoman Meital Jaslovitz, Tel: 011-972-2-670-7256 (in Israel, + 7 hours)


Upcoming Events:


New York City:

Protest for Peace: Stopping Iran 's Support of Terror and Nuclear Program

Date : Sept. 25, 2008

Time : 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Location : Outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel

109 East 42nd Street, New York City

Sponsoring organizations : 911 Families, ACT for America, Alliance of Iranian Women, AMCHA, American Center for Law and Justice, American Coptic Union, American Maronite Union, Americans for a Safe Israel, Arabs for Israel, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Center for Security Policy, Christian Solidarity, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights, Committee on the Present Danger, Concerned Women for America, Council for a Democratic Iran, Family Security Matters, Foundation for Defense of Democracy, Guardian Angels, Institute for Freedom and Democracy, International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, International Christian Union, Jewish Action Alliance, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Log Cabin Republicans of New York City, Open Doors USA, StandWithUs, Stop Shariah Now, Sudan Freedom Walk, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Traditional Values Coalition, Women's Freedom Movement of Pakistan. Additional sponsoring groups: www.925rally.org

Contact : (212) 726-1124 or info@925rally.org

Web site :  www.925rally.org

Washington, D.C.:

Visit by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas


On Sept. 25, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Bush at the White House for talks relating to the Middle East peace process. [4]

On Sept. 22, Abbas' Palestinian Authority  published a caricature in its main newspaper portraying Tzipi Livni, Israel's foreign minister and the new Kadima party leader, wielding a blood-stained knife. In the background, a white dove hangs with its head in a noose. [5]

Please note: The Israel Project is pleased to provide information about community events regarding the threat of Iran during the Iranian president's attendance at the U.N. General Assembly in NYC. The Israel Project was not involved in inviting or disinviting any candidates to rallies in NYC and is not a sponsor of the New York City rally on Mon., Sept. 22. The Israel Project is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization that does not rate or endorse candidates.

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October 6 - Boston, MA with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston

Featuring Gov. Linda Lingle, Jewish governor of Hawaii since 2002, representing the McCain campaign, and a top level surrogate representing the Obama campaign

October 16 - New York City

October 23 - Rockville, MD with Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Greater Washington Area Chapter of Hadassah

October 26 - Boca, FL with Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

October 27 -  Miami, FL with Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in partnership with the American Jewish Committee, Greater Miami & Broward Chapter, the American Jewish Congress; and the Anti-Defamation League

October 30 - Cleveland, OH with The  Cleveland Jewish News



[1] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008) in the Islamic Republic of Iran ," F.28, May 26, 2008,


[2] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007) in the Islamic Republic of Iran ," F.56. Feb. 22, 2008,


[3] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," G.22, Aug. 30, 2008, http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Documents/Board/2007/gov2007-48.pdf

[4] "Bush to talk Mideast peace with Palestinian leader," Washington Times, Sept. 19, 2008,


[5] Marcus, Itamar; Crook, Barbara, "Tzipi Livni with blood-stained knife," Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin, Sept. 22, 2008

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