Jewish groups blast Ahmadinejad speech and UN forum that hosted it

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor says Ahmadinejad's speech made "abundantly clear" what "conference organizers Iran, Libya, Pakistan and their allies had in mind as they planned Durban II."

By HAVIV RETTIG GUR
April 20, 2009 23:22
1 minute read.
Jewish groups blast Ahmadinejad speech and UN forum that hosted it

Ahmadinejad Durban II 248. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Leading Jewish groups from Europe and the US slammed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the Durban Review Conference in Geneva on Monday, saying it vindicated the decision of many Western countries not to attend in the first place. Ahmadinejad's "racist and bigoted comments…delivered today at the UN conference on bigotry and racism again underscored [that] the conference has been hijacked by those with extremist political goals," according to the leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. "We applaud the nations that walked out of the conference as the Iranian president launched into his bigoted and distorted tirade," the Conference's Chairman Alan Solow and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement. At the Durban II conference, Ahmadinejad accused Israel of being "the most cruel and racist regime," which was formed on a "pretext of Jewish suffering" during the Holocaust. Many Western delegates and the representative from Morocco walked out at the first mention of Israel from the Iranian president. Some delegates, however, remained in the room and were heard to cheer Ahmadinejad's words. "We regret that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon did not join [the walkout] and instead remained on the dais while President Ahmadinejad spewed his vile rhetoric and incitement," Solow and Hoenlein said. According to European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor, Ahmadinejad's speech made "abundantly clear" what "conference organizers Iran, Libya, Pakistan and their allies had in mind as they planned Durban II." "It should surprise no one that Ahmadinejad, an avowed Holocaust denier and sponsor of international terror, would vent forth the hatred, vitriol and lies that he spewed during his address to the Durban II delegates," Kantor said in a statement. He also blasted the UN secretary-general for staying on the dais as Ahmadinejad spoke. "If Hitler himself had addressed this forum, would [Ban] sit as politely as he did for the lies and hatred spewed forth by Ahmadinejad? Shame on him," Kantor said. American Jewish Committee head David Harris decried that "an advocate of genocide" was given the floor "at a supposed anti-racism conference - on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less." Harris, who led a delegation of activists to Geneva to combat the anti-Israel vitriol expected to be heard from many NGOs and participating states, accused Ahmadinejad of making "a mockery of the struggle against racism."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Nazi Swastika
November 13, 2018
Former death-camp guard tells German court he was never a Nazi

By REUTERS