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25 Elul 5768 - September 25, 2008 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Jewish Organizations Protest Iranian President's Visit to UN General Assembly

By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Upon arriving in New York for his annual visit to address the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was greeted by thousands of Jewish and Iranian protesters and an undelivered speech by the Republican Party's vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, describing him as a world threat.

Jewish demonstrators gathered even before the Iranian President's arrival on Tuesday. On Wednesday Iranian protesters tried to approach the UN Building with pictures of children who have been hanged by his regime. Despite the tumult outside, Ahmadinejad enjoyed the support of the automatic majority of UN representatives from Arab and African countries who came to the UN General Assembly to oppose Russia and China's support of Western proposals regarding respect for human rights.

Before her arrival, Mrs. Palin released a copy of the speech she had been scheduled to deliver to a gathering of Jewish organizations. "Tomorrow, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will come to New York — to the heart of what he calls the Great Satan — and speak freely in this, a country whose demise he has called for... We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator's intentions and to call for action to thwart him," reads the text of the speech she prepared. "The world must awaken to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a `Final Solution' — the elimination of the Jewish people. [His remarks] cannot be dismissed as the ravings of a madman — not when Iran just this summer tested long-range Shahab-3 missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, not when the Iranian nuclear program is nearing completion and not when Iran sponsors terrorists that threaten and kill innocent people around the world."

The speech was written for the inexperienced VP candidate by McCain's campaign strategists and adapted to fit her style and approach. She said the US must reduce its dependence on Middle East oil, tighten sanctions and hold Ahmadinejad accountable for incitement to commit genocide.

In the end the organizers decided not to allow her to speak, fearing that her appearance would set a political tone for the gathering that they wanted to avoid.


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