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On Signing of New Iran Sanctions, Reform Movement Applauds White House, Congress


Saperstein: "The bill signed by President Obama today amplifies international efforts, declaring the urgency with which the community of nations views the Iranian regime's pursuit of a nuclear weapons program."

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Jul 1, 2010 -- In response to President Obama signing new sanctions against Iran into law, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We applaud the abiding commitment of President Obama to address the threat of a nuclear Iran, and welcome his signature today on H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010. The efforts of the Obama Administration work build upon the bipartisan cooperation of the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the majority vote of the U.N. Security Council to enact Iran Sanctions Resolution 1929. The bill signed by President Obama today amplifies international efforts, declaring the urgency with which the community of nations views the Iranian regime's pursuit of a nuclear weapons program.

In our unwavering support for these new sanctions, we act upon Jewish rules of just warfare, which eschew weapons that would kill indiscriminately and create sustained and lasting damage to the environment. Iran's nuclear aspirations are a serious threat to the United States, Israel, and the entire international community. Further, the Iranian government's aggressive stance toward Israel imperils the stability of the already volatile Middle East region.

Chairman of the Union for Reform Judaism Board Peter Weidhorn and I were honored to attend the bill signing ceremony today. We commend the tireless advocacy of our Reform Movement congregations across North America, whose voices and actions helped secure passage of this crucial legislation. In working to bring about a more safe and peaceful world, we look toward swift enactment of these sanctions.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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