Colorado Takes Action Against Iran

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May 25, 2012 Intermountain Jewish News
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Colorado takes action against Iran

Editor:

Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, declared on May 20, 2012, that “the Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel.”

 Vowing to destroy Israel, Iran’s theocracy refuses to transparently abandon nuclear weapon development. Confronting an existential threat, Israel’s political leadership ponders a pre-emptive strike.

Some military leaders, however, question the efficacy of a preemptive attack and the rest of the world fears serious collateral fallout.

The US Congress enacted the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA) to impose stricter sanctions against Iran’s energy and financial sectors. Western Europe and leading democratic nations followed suit. These collective sanctions have had a substantial, negative impact on the Iranian economy. Perhaps enough pressure will dissuade Iran from continued nuclear weapon development without resort to F-22s and bunker buster bombs.

Having focused its global Jewish advocacy in 2011 on defeating the Palestinian initiative to declare statehood in the UN, we turned our focus to increase Iran’s isolation in the international community.

 The federal CISADA legislation authorized states to impose their own set of sanctions against Iran and 23 states did so. In 2012, we reached out to state government leaders across the country to enact legislation and resolutions that would prohibit public agencies from doing business with companies that engage in substantial commerce with key Iranian institutions.

 In the past year, eight states have passed new and tougher legislative initiatives against Iran: California, Illinois, Florida, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri.

Now we can add a ninth state: Colorado

We are grateful to our local board member and former State Representative Joel Judd for taking the lead and working collaboratively with the JCRC to secure passage on May 9, 2012 by the Colorado Legislature of a Colorado House Joint Resolution, “Concerning Divestment from Iran for Its Continued Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons”.

With public support by Gov. John Hickenlooper, this bi-partisan resolution was co-sponsored by House Speaker Frank McNulty, House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino, Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman.

 Using the law passed by California last year as a model, Colorado has now declared its unanimous intent to restrict business dealings between Colorado (and its local government entities) and those companies that still engage in substantial commercial dealings with the Iranian petroleum sector.

We will continue our leadership efforts in support of the global campaign to isolate Iran and support the security of the US and Israel. There is no higher priority.

 DON SCHLESINGER
AJC Colorado Regional Director

 MATTHEW LEEBOVE
AJC Colorado Associate Regional Director Denver

Date: 5/25/2012
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