Congressman Steve Rothman condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today, passing a resolution in Congress that accused him of attempting to inspire genocide.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Republican Congressman Mark Kirk of Illinois. Rothman, who represents New Jersey’s ninth district, said that Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric about “wiping Israel off the map” was a violation of the UN’s charter and the 1948 Genocide Convention. Ahmadinejad, he said, should be punished.
“It is my hope that this resolution will effectively increase pressure on the United Nations to hold Iranian President Ahmadinejad accountable for his genocidal words and prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” said Rothman.
The resolution passed by a vote of 411 to 2. The no votes came from Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, and Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich.