PM accepts award, shuns UN
October 3, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepts the Appeal of Conscience Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier, while former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger applauds him. While Harper was in New York he chose not to speak at the United Nations. Instead he delivered his message – an attack on Iran – after receiving the award from the New York-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF). Of Iran, he said the country was "a clear and present danger and thus demand a very sober assessment” because of its pursuit of nuclear weapons, its support of terrorism and its threat to Israel. He went on to say that he was not an advocate of war. "I say these things not to counsel any particular action, not to wish any additional hardship on the long-suffering Iranian people and certainly not to advocate war, but rather so that we not shrink from recognizing evil in the world for what it is," he said. Prime Minister Harper has now received the two highest honours from the Jewish community. Previously he was awarded the B’nai B’rith Humanitarian Medal at a ceremony in Ottawa. B’nai Brith Canada is also organizing the Stephen Harper Human Rights Centre in Canada.