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Monday, April 20, 2009

Breaking: Europeans walk out on Ahmadinejad; UPDATE: Video added

This is truly a flying pigs moment.

The European delegations that remain in attendance at the Durban II hatefest in Geneva, Switzerland walked out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he attacked Israel.
At this point the Iranian president's speech moved to the subject of Israel and the Palestninians.

"As was the case after World War II, armies occupied other territories and people were transferred from territories. In reality, under the pretext of compensating for the evil done in the name of xenophobia, they in fact set up the most violent xenophobes, in Palestine."

"The Security Council made it possible for that illegitimate government to be set up. For 60 years, this government was supported by the world. Many Western countries say they are fighting racism; but in fact support it with occupation, bombings and crimes committed in Gaza. These countries support the criminals," Ahmadinejad said.

At this point, many European delegates rose from their seats and left in protest, deliberately passing in the front line of the hall, close to the podium.
Earlier in the speech, Ahmadinejad was heckled by a clown and by catcalls from the balcony, as he attacked the makeup of the UN Security Council, which gives five big powers (US, Russia, China, England and France) a veto.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE 6:10 PM

We now have video, so let's go to the videotape.



Someone needs to update that Fox News anchor. The US and Israel are boycotting.

UPDATE 6:30 PM

Here are more details about the European walkout (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
British delegates joined a dramatic diplomatic walkout today when President Ahmadinejad of Iran told a major UN conference against racism that the state of Israel had been founded "on the pretext of Jewish suffering" during the Second World War.

Around 20 delegates, including envoys from the UK, France, and Finland stood up and left the room at what was considered an anti-Semitic remark by the Iranian leader, who has repeatedly called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

Nine Western countries including Israel and the United States had already decided to boycott the conference entirely because its draft declaration endorsed the conclusions of an anti-racism conference in South Africa eight years ago in which Islamic nations pushed through a text equating Zionism with racism.

Even before the walkout, Mr Ahmadinejad's speech had been interrupted by three protesters dressed as clowns who where quickly bundled from the vast conference room at the Palais des Nations by guards.
The problem is that the British and the French (and likely the Finns as well) will return to the hall after Ahmadinejad finishes speaking. Ahmadinejad is the perfect representative of the conference and its goals. But the Europeans don't want to see that.

UPDATE 6:47 PM

Here's another video of the speech with a bit more of the surroundings. Let's go to the videotape and then I want to point out a couple of things.



I want to point out two things about this video. First, note that CNN is using the coverage of Iran's English-language propaganda channel Press TV. That's not a good development.

Second, note all the 'delegates' enthusiastically applauding Ahmadinejad. That's just plain sickening.

17 Comments:

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it was a flying pig moment.

It was a walking pig moment.

Ve'hameivin yavin.

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy Guy,

Heh.

 
At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clown video

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

I read somewhere else that apparently Jordan also walked out.
Is that true?

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Orlin said...

I tweeted this for you Carl...thanks

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

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At 6:32 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

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At 6:33 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

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At 6:35 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

JPost is reporting that the SandNazi called for the eradication of Israel again (paging Juan Cole for the correct translation):

Governments must be encouraged and supported in their fights at eradicating this barbaric racism. Efforts must be made to put an end to Zionism.

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does fox need to put in facts not in evidence? how does israel walk out of a conference they chose not to attend?

 
At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second, note all the 'delegates' enthusiastically applauding Ahmadinejad. That's just plain sickening.==================================

The OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference) alone consists of 57 delegates. Add in the remaining multitude of despot regimes and ask yourself why in the world you expected anything else.

We don't belong there. No decent human being does.

 
At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, today is Hitler's birthday.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Of course, ShyGuy - where you expecting something different? This is the true face of Durban II. It goes back to the question I asked earlier.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

May I ask what is Zionism? I really have no idea what it means in reference to this conference and the comment posted

 
At 4:59 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Scott, Zionism is the national movement of the Jewish people that claims membership in the family of nations on the same footing as all other peoples. Needless to say - self-determination is controversial only when the Jews exercise it.

 
At 5:01 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I felt so proud of our children, Carl - but they should have thrown shoes at him!

Heh

 
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