Ahmadinejad's message rejected at UN meeting


Diplomats have walked out of a speech by the Iranian president at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as a "racist government".

Two protesters, wearing coloured wigs, briefly disrupted the beginning of the speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but he continued speaking.

Shortly afterwards a stream of Western delegates walked out when he attacked the creation of the state of Israel.

France, whose ambassador walked out, described it as "hate speech".

Some of those who stayed clapped as Mr Ahmadinejad continued his speech.

The walkout is a public relations disaster for the United Nations, which had hoped the conference would be a shining example of what the UN is good at - uniting to combat injustice in the world, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.


I question Imogen's premise about what the UN is good at. This conference is clearly something it is not good at. When a bunch of religious and ethnic bigots get together to beat up on Israel, it is the UN at its worst. Ahmadinejad's message or revisionist history and hate is bad for the UN and those who embrace his message.

Gateway Pundit has more on the speech and the reaction to it.


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