UANI Calls on Manhattan Hotels to Refuse to Host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad During the 2011 UN General Assembly

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July 21, 2011
Contact: Nathan Carleton, press@uani.com
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UANI Calls on
Manhattan Hotels to Refuse
to Host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad During the 2011 UN
General
Assembly

New York, NY -
On Thursday, United Against Nuclear
Iran (UANI) called on New
York City hotels to refuse to host Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad during
this year's United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September
2011.  

This is the third consecutive year that UANI is leading its Hotels Campaign.
In previous years, UANI and its
supporters have pressured
multiple hotels to deny
accommodations to Ahmadinejad and his delegation.

In separate letters to dozens of New York hotels, UANI President,
Ambassador
Mark D. Wallace, wrote:   

 

President Ahmadinejad is the
leader of a criminal regime that flouts international law by pursuing
an
illegal nuclear weapons program, sponsoring terrorism, and abusing its
own
citizens.  We strongly believe that no American-based venue
should host this
man.  We are calling on you and all other New York-area venues
to help
isolate and condemn the Iranian regime by refusing to host President
Ahmadinejad and his cohorts...

It is also worth recalling that in his speech before the General
Assembly last
year, Ahmadinejad despicably claimed that the U.S. orchestrated the
September
11 terrorist attacks against its own citizens... With the tenth
anniversary of
9/11 approaching this September and in light of previously undisclosed
information regarding the Iranian regime's complicity in the 9/11
attacks (The
New York Times. "Court
Filings Assert Iran Had Link to 9/11 Attacks," May 20, 2011),  New
Yorkers, and by extension
all Americans, will not tolerate Ahmadinejad's conspiratorial claims
and will
not look kindly on any venues that provide him with comfort and
accommodation
during his stay in New York City.    

 

In 2009,
UANI and its supporters successfully urged The New York Helmsley Hotel,
Gotham
Hall and the Essex House to refuse to host Ahmadinejad. As a result,
Ahmadinejad was effectively quarantined to the InterContinental New
York
Barclay, the one hotel in New York that agreed to accommodate the
Iranian
delegation.

In 2010, InterContinental made the ethical decision to not host
Ahmadinejad,
isolating him to the only hotel that would accept him, the Hilton
Manhattan
East. For its irresponsible decision, Hilton received a great deal of negative
publicity in the media, and its
guests were significantly inconvenienced.

Click here to learn more about UANI's Hotels
Campaign.
Click here to read
the letter UANI sent to New York
City hotels.

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