IAI co-sponsored the National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran (September 10, 2009) in partnership with the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Iran, which includes the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Federations of North America, and NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Eurasia. Three hundred Jewish leaders, representing more than thirty CRCs and Federations, gathered in Washington, D.C. and met with approximately one hundred members of Congress, including Congressional leadership. The goal was to urge implementation of strong economic and diplomatic measures directed at the Iranian regime and expeditious adoption of key legislative initiatives, including the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (IRPSA), which overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on December 15, 2009. The Senate version, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act passed on January 28, 2009. The IAI sent out numerous action alerts mobilizing support around the country for these pieces of legislation and sponsored national sign-on letters to thank Congressional leadership for their passage.
As time goes on, the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons capability increases. Many observers believe that 2010 will be a crucial year in the effort to prevent this development. In 2009-2010, the IAI dramatically expanded its efforts to mobilize communities on the issue of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on IranSubmitted Thu May 27 2010 14:19:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)