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As several Western nations boycotted the United Nations’ Conference on Racism, as a show of support to Israel, the Iranian President Ahmadinejad today addressed the conference. Two protesters, in clown wigs, yelled at the Iranian President. But it wasn’t the clowns that drew attention, it was the line of diplomats who rose from their seats and walked out of the meeting as Ahmadinejad began his diatribe on the racism of Israel becuase of its Zionism philosophy.
GENEVA – Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a U.N. conference and a pair of rainbow-wigged protesters threw clown noses at Iran’s president Monday when the hard-line leader called the “most cruel and repressive racist regime.”
The United States decried the remarks by as hateful — reinjecting tension into a relationship that had been warming after President Barack Obama sought to engage Iran in talks on its nuclear program and other issues.
Ahmadinejad — the first government official to take the floor at the in Geneva — delivered a rambling, half-hour speech that was by turns conciliatory and inflammatory. At one point he appealed for global unity in the fight against racism and then said the United States and Europe helped establish Israel after World War II at the expense of Palestinians.
“They resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering,” he said.