Ahmadinejad slams ‘racist’ Israeli government

First Published 2009-04-20


‘Efforts must be made to put an end to the abuse by Zionists’

 
Ahmadinejad slams ‘racist’ Israeli government

 
Several diplomats attending UN conference walk out as Iran President speaks about Israel.

 
GENEVA – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticised the formation of a “racist government” in the Middle East, in a clear reference to Israel, during a United Nations conference on racism Monday.

“They sent migrants from Europe, the United States … in order to establish a racist government in the occupied Palestine,” he said.

The Iranian leader added: “Efforts must be made to put an end to the abuse by Zionists and (their) supporters.”

“Governments must be encouraged and supported in … eradicating this barbaric racism and to move towards reform.”

Ahmadinejad was about 10 minutes into his speech when several diplomats, including the French ambassador exited.

France condemned what it called Ahmadinejad’s “hate speech” after its ambassador walked out of the UN racism conference.

“The president, who had already rejected the unacceptable statements made by the Iranian president in other circumstances, condemns utterly this hate speech,” said President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office.

“He calls for the European Union to take an extremely firm stance,” it added, in a statement issued in Paris.

“I hope this protest gesture inspires the international community to take notice,” added Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner in a second statement.

“The defence of human rights and the fight against all types of racism are too important for the United Nations not to unite against all forms of hate speech, against all perversion of this message,” he said.

“Faced with attitudes like that which the Iranian president has just adopted, no compromise is possible.”

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon deplored Ahmadinejad’s speech.

“I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian President to accuse, divide and even incite. This is the opposite of what this conference seeks to achieve,” said Ban in a statement.

Ban met Ahmadinejad before the Iranian president was due to address the meeting.

“I reminded the President that the UN General Assembly had adopted the resolutions to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism,” he said.

“It is deeply regrettable that my plea to look to the future of unity was not heeded by the Iranian President,” Ban added.

When addressing a UN conference against racism, Ahmadinejad criticised the creation of a “totally racist government in occupied Palestine” in 1948, calling it “the most cruel and racist regime”.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown “unreservedly condemned” the “offensive and inflammatory” comments made by Ahmadinejad, his spokesman said.

At least three demonstrators from the French Union of Jewish Students, dressed as clowns and shouting “racist, racist,” were expelled from the conference as Ahmadinejad began to speak.

The Iranian’s president’s speech was marked by more catcalls from the non-governmental organisation, as well as applause, but the response was more muted among about 100 countries attending.

Ahmadinejad on said countries that are boycotting the UN racism conference are doing so out of “arrogance and selfishness.”

“In our opinion, this is arrogance and selfishness and the root cause of the problems of the world,” Ahmadinejad told a press conference.

Before his arrival in Geneva, Ahmadinejad said “the Zionist ideology and regime are the flag-bearers of racism.”

Israel has often come under international criticism for ‘racism’ and mistreatment of its Arab minority, who are the original inhabitants of the land and today make up one fifth of its total population.

The Arab population is comprised of the descendants of the Palestinians who remained in their land despite being subjected to an Israeli campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing’ during the creation of Israel.

The majority of those who fled and their descendants, an estimated six million Palestinians, wish to return to their rightful homes but are prevented from doing so by Israel, in violation of international human rights.

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3 thoughts on “Ahmadinejad slams ‘racist’ Israeli government

  1. I think it was completely inappropriate for Ahmadenejad to be giving this speech. All the UN has is its reputation, and this reputation has been severely damaged with this spectacle. Maybe it is a lot of fun to see israel be whipped by A., but too many people depend for their survival on the UN, too many are affected by racism (not in the least those in Iran) to let this clown do his one and only trick and jeoapardize the whole conference. A. is guilty of the same self-centerness as Israel and the US. By not participating, or by giving such an inflammatory speech (we are lucky they made him take out the holocaust denial) they completely disregard the needs of the people this conference was made for.
    I completely disagree with Israel’s actions. But that doesn’t make me a fan of Ahmadinejad. He actually did an enormous disservice to the palestinian cause. Israeli hard liners couldn’t have wished for a better display and a better reason to aggravate the conflict. I am starting to think A. is zionist’s biggest supporter.
    Ban ki moon should be made to resign over letting this happen. It was not good for anything, except for those that want more conflict, war and bloodshed.

    http://owlminerva.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/walkout-at-un-conference-after-iran-president-calls-israel-racist/

  2. You are right ….it WAS fun to see Israel get kicked in the teeth (at least figuratively).

    But you must not blame Ban Ki Moon. What can he do if a head of state chooses to comment on facts which are incontrovertible although quite indigestible to some?

  3. Perhaps if this man were less inclined to gain the international stage for an opportunity to hoard more attention, this conference would have been able to accomplish something. Instead, his attention-seeking, narcissistic style led him to look for ways to talk about the victimhood of those in middle-east and south-east asia…what, no personal responsibility? Just victimhood and martyrdom? Unfortunately, this conference was to help all people throughout the world, not just the people the president of Iran deems worthy. Sadly, the conference was a waste of time and nothing positive was accomplished, because this guy doesn’t care about the people of the globe. I feel badly for the people of the world, who are so at the mercy of their corrupt and narcissistic leaders. Sadly, the conference was made into a clownish, chaotic affair, and not only was no one helped, but racism was trivialized and therefore the world is actually a little bit worse off now, thanks to the Iranian “president”.

    His poor communication skills led to divisiveness, not decisiveness. He just made the world a little more divided and a little less unified, a little more damaged and a little less healed.

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