Red-lines that would cause the US to walk out of a UNGA speech (Wikileaks)
After Ahmadinejad’s embrace of Holocaust revisionism and other anti-semitic statements at the UN, the United States established a list of “red lines” that, when crossed, would prompt a walk-out. They encouraged European nations to respect these criteria as well.
Here are details from a September 2009 Wikileaks memo:
Our redlines for walking out of a speech, which should be conveyed to the host government, are:
— Denying the historical reality of the Holocaust
— Comparing U.S. or Israeli actions to those of Nazi Germany
— Using other clearly anti-Semitic rhetoric, including suggestions (similar to those in Ahmadinejad?s 2008 UNGA remarks) that Jews or Zionists control the media and the financial system or have formed a nefarious conspiracy
— Threatening the destruction of Israel or any other UN member state
— Denying Israel?s or another UN member state?s right to exist
— Suggesting that the United States deserved 9/11
— Embracing or justifying the Lockerbie bombing
— If asked: The U.S. will, of course, reserve the right to respond to any other obnoxious or offensive statements.