ADL Campaign Says 'No' to Nuclear Iran
New York, NY, September 5, 2007 … Over the next few weeks and months, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will roll out a public awareness and advocacy campaign aimed at focusing attention on the gathering threat of a nuclear-armed Iran to Israel, the Middle East and the world.
With the slogan, "No Nuclear Iran," the campaign focuses on Iran's clear and present threat to Israel, America and the global community through high-profile eye-catching posters, advertisements in national and community newspapers, and other awareness initiatives using e-mail and the Internet to spread the word.
The League's efforts to raise awareness of the threat come as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has recently intensified his calls for the destruction of Jews and the State of Israel.
"The message is simple and clear: a nuclear-armed Iran presents a direct threat to Israel, the Middle East, the United States and Europe, and it is imperative to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear capability," said Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair.
"Our goal is to build momentum in Congress and among policymakers, opinion-molders and the public in the weeks leading up to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, where we hope that we will see a number of potential actions taken, including a freezing of Iranian assets, more robust sanctions, a travel ban on Iran's leaders and an end to bilateral links between Iran and other nations," added Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
The campaign has three key objectives:
- Moving the Iranian issue to the top of the agenda for the Jewish community as both a political and social justice issue of the utmost urgency;
- Making the broader public aware of what a nuclear-armed Iran will mean for all of us and why its drive toward a nuclear weapon capability must be stopped;
- Alerting and educating the U.S. and international communities to specific actions, including stronger sanctions, that may be taken to deter Iranian nuclear proliferation.
In the campaign's first phase, 6,000 synagogues, JCCs, Hillels and Federations across the country will receive the poster in time for the Jewish High Holidays.
Coinciding with the poster distribution, advertisements are slated to appear in Jewish newspapers during the week of September 4-7 in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey and San Francisco.
The campaign's second phase will focus on reaching the broader public through ads in major newspapers and other media. All of the ads and posters will include a link to a section of the League's Web site at www.adl.org/Iran devoted to explaining the issue and what is at stake if Iran obtains nuclear weapons.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.