In letters to members of the United Nations Security Council, B’nai B’rith International urged support for severe “sanctions against Iran until it completely, and verifiably, ends its illicit nuclear program in defiance of the international community.”
B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin wrote: “The Iranian regime—characterized by persistent human rights abuse domestically, and by unsurpassed sponsorship of doctrinally based terrorism abroad—has responded with duplicity and deception to repeated diplomatic overtures. Only sanctions that are comprehensive and deeply impactful retain the possibility of preventing a paramount danger to international peace and security.”
Severe, enforceable sanctions backed by real consequences are the crucial next step in stopping Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
The letter further states: “A nuclear-armed Iran—or the acquisition by Iran of the capacity to produce and distribute nuclear weapons—would be disastrous, dramatically undermining the stability of the Middle East as a whole and likely prompting new proliferation of nuclear arms.”
And the letter concludes: “The implementation of an effective solution to this urgent global challenge is a foremost responsibility of the Security Council, one that would provide for the essential long-term safety of both the Iranian people and their neighbors.”
B’nai B’rith has been active at the United Nations since the world body was founded.
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B’nai B’rith International has opened its Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of the earthquake that struck Chile Feb. 27
While continuing to raise funds for Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, B’nai B’rith President Dennis Glick said, “It is difficult to accept the fact that two devastating disasters can come so close to each other. Yet, we cannot allow that coincidence of timing to affect our commitment to help the victims.”
The Chilean Jewish community has organized itself to assist the tremendous amount of casualties through a centralized Emergency Committee, led by B’nai B’rith staff and volunteer leaders, that will coordinate all Jewish community efforts.
“So far we know of no Jewish casualties, although communications are difficult and few. Some synagogues and a cemetery in Santiago and Temuco have been damaged, and we will try to help them in any way we can,” B’nai B’rith Chile President Andres Zeldis reports. “The population in some areas in the south of Chile is in a terrible and traumatic situation, in many cases with no electricity, water, and food. Vandalism and riots, previously unheard of in Chile, have occurred in many places, and the government has been unable to respond to the situation, although some order has been brought to the city of Concepcion, the largest city in the south.”
The 8.8 magnitude earthquake—the world’s fifth worst—is estimated to have damaged or destroyed more than 500,000 homes and countless commercial structures.
“The massive scale of the earthquake will require an international support network,” said B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Dan Mariaschin. “After the short-term needs have been met, we will turn our attention to helping to rebuild lives in the face of this tragedy.”
B’nai B’rith has been engaged in disaster relief since 1865. The BBI Disaster Relief Fund has provided aid to populations affected by natural and man-made catastrophes around the world. To date, it has raised more than $240,000 for Haitian relief.
Donations may be made by mail to: B’nai B’rith International Disaster Relief Fund, Attn: Chile, 2020 K Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20006.