Yad Vashem blasts Columbia over Ahmadinejad invite

Iranian president due to speak to students; Dean: "We'd let Hitler speak."

September 24, 2007 00:01

Yad Vashem on Sunday condemned Columbia University for hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to New York. "It is unfortunate that Columbia University, an institution ostensibly dedicated to the pursuit of truth and knowledge, should choose to provide a man so divorced from reality and historical truths with a platform to spout his venomous ideology," a Yad Vashem spokesperson said. The harsh condemnation by the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority came as the university pressed ahead with plans for Ahmadinejad to address students and faculty at the campus on Monday. Last year, Yad Vashem blasted Ahmadinejad for planning another genocide against the Jewish people. Ahmadinejad, who has dismissed the Holocaust as a "myth," has repeatedly called for the destruction of the State of Israel.

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