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Full Text of President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks at U.N. Conference on Racism

This is a rush transcript of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks at the United Nations Durban Review Conference on racism in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 20, 2009. Transcribed from the translation given in the U.N. webcast of the speech.

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful… [Protestors in clown costumes escorted out by security] May he bestow upon his prophets… Praise be upon Allah, the Almighty, who is just, kind, and compassionate. May he bestow upon his prophets his blessings and his grace from Adam to Noah; Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, and His last prophet, Mohammed. Peace be upon them all who are the harbingers of monotheism, fraternity, love … [Applause] … human dignity and justice.

Mr. Chairman. I call upon all distinguished guests to forgive these ignorant people.

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be upon Allah, the Almighty, who is just, kind, and compassionate, and praise and salutations of the Almighty God to the great prophet. May he bestow upon [us] His blessings, His grace. We thank the Almighty God. Praise be upon him who is just and who is compassionate. And the salutations and regards of Allah to his prophets, from Noah to Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, and his last prophet Mohammed. Peace be upon them all who are the harbingers of monotheism, fraternity, love, human dignity, and justice.

Mr. Chairman. Honorable Secretary General of the United Nations. Madam High Commissioner. Ladies and Gentleman. We have gathered here in the follow up to the Durban conference against racism and racial discrimination to work out practical mechanisms for our holy and humanitarian campaigns. Over the last centuries, humanity has gone through tremendous suffering and pain. In the middle ages, thinkers and scientists were sentenced to death. It was then followed by a period of slavery and slave trade, when innocent people in millions were captivated and separated from their families and loved ones, to be taken to Europe and America under worse conditions; the dark period that also experienced occupations, lootings, and massacres of innocent people.

Many years passed by before nations rose up and fought for their liberty and freedom, and they paid a high price. They lost millions of lives to expel the occupiers and proclaim their independence. However, it did not take long that the coercive powers imposed two wars in Europe which also plagued a part of Asia and Africa. Those horrific wars claimed about 100 million lives and left behind massive devastation. Had lessons been learned from the occupations, horrors, and crimes of those wars, there would have been a ray of hope for the future. The victorious powers called themselves the conquerors of the world while ignoring or downtreading the rights of other nations by the imposition of oppressive laws and international arrangements.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us take a look at the U.N. Security Council, which is one of the legacies of World War II and World War I. What was the logic behind their granting themselves the veto rights? How can such a logic comply with humanitarian or spiritual values? Could it be in conformity with the recognized principles of justice, equality before law, love, and human dignity? [Applause] Or rather, with discrimination, injustice, violation of human rights, or humiliation of the majority of nations and countries?

That Council is the highest decision-making world body for safeguarding the international peace and security. How can we expect the realization of justice and peace when discrimination is legalized and the origin of law is dominated by coercion and force rather than by justice and the right?

Coercion and arrogance is the origin of oppression and wars. Although today many proponents of racism condemn racial discrimination in their words and in their slogans, a number of powerful countries have been authorized to decide for other nations based on their own interests and at their own discretions. And they can easily ridicule and violate all laws and humanitarian values, as they have done so.

Following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish sufferings. And they sent migrants from Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world in order to establish a totally racist government in the occupied Palestine… [Delegates walk out in protest. Applause] And in fact in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe… Okay, please. Thank you. And in fact in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive, racist regime in Palestine. [Applause]

The Security Council helped stabilize this occupation regime and supported it in the past 60 years, giving them a free hand to continue their crimes. It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide whilst the awakened conscience and free minded people of the world condemn aggression, brutalities and bombardments of civilians in Gaza. They have always been supportive or silent against their crimes. And before that, they have always been silent with regard to their crimes.

Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, what are the root causes of U.S. attacks against Iraq or invasion of Afghanistan? [Shouts from audience] What are the root causes of U.S. attacks against Iraq invasion of Afghanistan? Was the motive behind the invasion of Iraq anything other than the arrogance of the then U.S. administration and the mounting pressures on the part of the owner of wealth and power to expand their sphere of influence, seeking the interests of giant arms manufacturing companies, affecting a noble culture with thousands of years of historical background, eliminating potential and practical traits of Muslim countries against the useful Zionist regime, or to control and plunder energy resources of the Iraqi people? Why, indeed almost a million people were killed and injured and a few more millions were displaced and became homeless. Why, indeed the Iraqi people have suffered enormous losses amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. And why was hundreds of billions of dollars imposed on the American people and its allies as a result of these military actions? Wasn’t the military action against Iraq planned by the Zionists and their allies in the then U.S. administration in complicity with the arms manufacturing companies and the owner of the wealth?

The invasion of Afghanistan; restore peace, security, and economic well being in this country. The United States and its allies not only have failed to contain [?] in Afghanistan, but also the illicit cultivation of narcotics multiplied in the course of their presence. The basic question is: What was the responsibility of the job of the then U.S. administration and its allies? Did it represent the world? Have they been mandated by them? Have they been authorized on behalf of the people of the world to interfere in all parts of the globe? And of course mostly in our region aren’t these measures a clear example of egocentrism, racism, discrimination, or infringement upon the dignity and independence of nations?

Ladies and gentlemen, who are responsible for the current global economic crisis? Where did the crisis start from? From Africa? From Asia? Or was it first from the United States, then spreading to Europe and to their allies? For a long time they imposed inequitable economic regulations. By their political power on the international economy they imposed a financial and a monetary system without a proper international oversight mechanism on nations and governments that played no role in the repressive trends or policies. They have not even allowed their people to oversee of monitor their financial policies. They introduce all laws and regulations in defiance to all moral values only to protect the interests of the owners of wealth and power. They further presented a definition of market economy and competition that denied many of the economic opportunities that could be available to other countries of the world. They even transferred their problems to others whilst the wave of crisis lashed back, plaguing their economies with thousands of billions of dollars in budget deficits. And today, they are injecting hundreds of billions of cash from the pockets of their own people into the failing banks companies and financial institutions making the situation more and more complicated for the economy and their people. They are simply thinking about maintaining power and wealth. They couldn’t care any less about the people of the world and even about their own people.


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Jeremy R. Hammond is an independent political analyst and a recipient of the Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. He is the founding editor of Foreign Policy Journal and the author of Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian economics in the financial crisis and The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict. His forthcoming book is on the contemporary U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
  • scott

    What’s so nutty about that?

  • Mads

    While I definitely do not agree in everything that Iran and Mr. Ahmadinejad stand for – many of the imperialist traits that he describes and chooses to define as racism cannot easily be dismissed. We as westerners often display arrogance towards other civilizations, psychologically as well as manifested in the imperialist structure of institutions like the IMF, the World Bank and the UN.

    In a way I have to agree with him, are we ever to move humanity forward, we should discuss a true international community with decision power. Even though it can easily be seen as an anti-western and anti-zionist agenda, it can definitely also be seen as an agenda for sustainable global development.

    Anyhow I am not a fan of condemning people based on their words. Free speech also goes for people you don’t agree with.

  • pansoram

    it is a shame for demorcratic forces that much truth should be left to the like of him to speak out.

  • Slava

    It’s a good speech! It’s a true about zionism and Israel!!
    Holocost is a moster false in XX century!!!

    • jkc

      the holocaust was real
      though i must agree in some areas it is true but it blows the issue out of proportion

  • hamidullah mojaddidi

    HE IS THE ONLY LEADER TODAY WHO STANDS AGAINST WORLD MONOPOLY BY THE WESTERN NATIONS INCLUDING , U.S.A. ,ENGLAND,FRANCE,ISRAEL AND MANY OF THE OTHER EUROPEAN NATIONS.THESE NATIONS UNDER THE DISGUISE OF BUILDING DEMOCRACIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE PLUNDERING THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES WHILE THEIR OWN RESOURCES HAVE BEEN DEPLETED.THEY ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS.THE REAL SHOCK OF IT ALL IS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AGREEMENT TO BOYCOT THE EVENT.

  • D

    In some points his right about Israel; they have broken many human rights and they dont treat pelastines well – it’s like holocaust. And the most scary part is , that the West who calls it self civilize, democrat and the protecter and “founder” of the human rights supports Israel a nation which has forgotten about the past – the misery they went trough during 2 World War , and now they treat other people like they were treaten.
    And when a non-democrat and a person who rules a country where human rights don’t exist talks about the injustice and the breach of the human rights there is something wronge ….

  • Kubel

    After reading President Ahmadinejad’s remarks, I’m left with the understanding that he thought this was a conference on giving excuses for racism, rather than how the world can overcome racism.

    He did raise some valid points (not all of which we agree on), but being laced with the poisons of hatred and racism, they really had very little benefit to anyone.

    • http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      How is speaking out against hatred and racism itself hatred and racism? This is nonsense.

  • mohammed

    The Iranian President has presented the History as written and took place, what’s wrong in it and he has given reasons for Racism and it was in the context, West who created and implemented this Phrase “Racism” must accept the mistake they did and move forward, until one accept the mistake how he can mend his mistake, this is the lesson the Iranian President was giving and it was touching and how come the rest of the Diplomats attended and applauded his speech, let not alone the Muslim Block of 57 countries, except 25 out of 189 states listened and praised his speech.

  • Rehmat

    “When you read the history of Israel from objective sources, you discover that it is an outlaw state created by the powers that be by stealing the land from its original inhabitants, and systematically exterminating them ever since,” – John Kaminski, a Jewish historian.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/durban-ii-crucification-of-freedom-of-speech/

  • SomeOne

    It’s shame to see that the world do nothing and gives the second Hitler chance to convince more people against Israel.

  • liat

    tell me one thing – if Israelis are “perpetrators of genocide” as writing here, how it is that there are still 1.5 million people in the Gaza strip?
    Israel was won by war like any other nation created in this world.
    the cruelties of Israeli soldiers towards the Arab population is nothing in compare to other cruelties in the world. among them, in Iran itself towards it’s inhabitants.

    this guy, is driven by sheer hatred toward israelis based on his fundmental islamic perception.

  • KS

    It is certainly strange that some nations see fit to dictate terms and policies upon others, while storming out should any criticism of their actions arise.

    This is certainly what we call a double standard.

    And it is often these nations that tout freedom of speech and open discussion, while at the same time condemn any dissent from their own citizens. Reports from the US are very very troubling indeed. And we are supposed to listen to them?

    The Western world is on a very dangerous road towards fascism. It is obvious to any observer that the US government has been corrupt and spineless for decades, and that the current dodging of investigations into the crimes of the Bush regime can be nothing more than intentional silencing and camouflage for the continuation of the same agenda. Call it damage control, if you will.

    What I think all this comes down to is panic. The Western leaders are losing control on all fronts. People are no longer believing their lies of decades, as the Internet breaks down their filtered media lapdogs and honest and free opinion can be now expressed.

    So keep dissenting, for it is the only way humanity will ever see any progress. As the great philosopher Voltaire put it:

    “I disagree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

  • T

    Salaam
    The government shouts of “white mans blame” (relating to history – they cry colonialism, slavetrade mf; in present politic it`s deliberate attack on ones civilization) is getting tiresome! Increasingly it seems, as bad excuses from leaders not willing to do some practical and sensible work.
    ANY nation/civilization fought with the tools and with the moral of the times – they were brutal. Conquering and enslavement was everywhere (racism as a nasty part of the “natural” response in EVERY nations innate selfdefining glorification) – Asia, the middle East, Europe and The American continent – ALL got it. The ONLY difference is, that the so-called Western Civilization was quicker and better to learn and develop tecknology – and then be the most resent dominators. It`s bad, wrong and terrible – but its over!
    Biological racism is not something any nation can stand by today. And most people HAVE learned and changed the way of thinking. The mere concept of a LAW of a universal, innate human right is a huge step – but it most of course be agreed and acted upon, or the old practical “moral” gets a free hand yet again…

    In resent history, even the superpowers have – although not willingly – demonstrated, that winning the battles truly, is NOT winning the war. So, war is an even lesser desirable route now than before – and even these powers, are admitting it and tries to do things different. Why then perpetuate war-rethoric?
    War is fucked up, people go “insane” – and THAT is something, that can be adressed. People fuck up and do horrible things – not the thought/Idea. Any religion have both “martyrs” and bloddrenched zelots. Gentleness and aggression.

    So….I keep wondering:
    Why not work with peace instead of hate and blame?
    Why do hatemongers as Mr. Ahmedjinedjad, who just perpetuate the errors of the past, gets a heroes position?
    And finally, comming from Mr. Ahmedjinedjad – what kind of fairness (NOT law/justice) and rights, can he be talking about?!? “Rights”, it seems, are only for those, who “chose” his way and view….

  • Ray

    It’s quite simple how his speech is full of hatred and racism. Replace all the instances of “Zionist” with “Jewish” (which is *exactly* what he means, make no mistake), and it will be incredibly clear.

    Racism is the systematic vilification and persecution of a particular racial group, incitement to hatred against them, accusations of conspiracy against them, and ultimately their extermination. If you can’t see the racism and hatred in Ahmadinejad’s speech, look in a mirror.

    The separate question of whether the nations that have essentially all the power to enforce UN resolutions should have veto rights over those resolutions is completely unrelated to racism, and only serves to further his racist agenda, as he thinks this will reduce the power of the Jews.

    The U.S. is not a race. Nor is it (especially) racist. Indeed, it comprises all races, nationalities and creeds, because it has consistently had one of the *least* racist immigration policies of any country in history. Does the U.S. still have problems? Of course. Is it perfect? Of course not. But if you’re going to pick a country to point fingers at with regard to racism, it’s quite curious that you’d choose the U.S. Actually, it’s not curious at all, if you consider his *actual* agenda.

    • http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      It’s you equating “Zionist” with “Jewish”, not Ahmadinejad. Many Zionists are not Jews, and many Jews are not Zionists. So there goes your argument that his speech is “full of hatred and racism”. It relies upon a false assumption and attributing to him something he didn’t say, two rather glaring fallacies.

  • Romie

    His speech was commendable in raising the issues that our world is fraught in. He wanted to share his view which he did and above all with respect to his audience.

  • john

    if he had not mentioned zion, zionism or thing salong those lines, he would have to be taken much more seriously.

  • jack

    have you ever seen so much facts at a speech

  • Tahir Nasuf

    IT IS A SHAME FOR A TRUE MUSLIM HOW HE IS SPEAKING OUT WITH HATRED ON OTHERS! HE IS NOT MUSLIM! HE IS A SON OF DOG!

  • John Whiting

    I am impressed by the compassion that President Ahmadinejad’s has for getting his point across to all who accept or oppose.
    It strikes me that by giving clear causes for racism that we should understand how to eradicate some of the effects.
    Who but the common people of the World are receipiants of the bad fruits that those pursuers of power and wealth seek while ignoring the very fact that we are all part of a human race.
    What negative feelings some might have about Mr. Ahmadinejad can probably be attributed to the fact that his words have the sting of truth attached.

  • MBOA

    Jeremy R. Hammond says:
    April 22, 2009 at 1:48 am

    How is speaking out against hatred and racism itself hatred and racism? This is nonsense.

    What are doing European People ? The same or worst. The iranian president is truth and that not arrange israelis ans european business.

  • Abdullah Hamdani

    Bitter pills are always good for the health. Iranian President just delivered these pills. Western world instead walked out. Let us be fair. Israel need to amend itself. Truth will always prevail. His speech was truthful and excellent.

  • onyx

    Good speach……& expression of one’s mind. What d west preaches but do not practice.

  • onyx

    How do u equate throwing of stone 2 bomb? they were violated & everybody kick against it, not knowing they are wicked too. Imagine one of their ambassador said their soldier will be protected against UN punishment. It means she’s aware of d crime committed. D hate u gave little infant is coming 2 fuck u all. Who know why Hitler wanted 2 eradicate them during world war ll? We all know d reward of virtue is virtue, while d reward of evil is evil. Practice what u preach & stop d injustice 2 other less privilege.

  • Ray

    He’s a politician, and he’s only learned fairly recently to be careful to only ever use the word “Zionist” when speaking in English. According to credible translations, he’s apparently not so coy when talking to his own countrymen (and I do mean “men”, BTW… sexism is not really any better or different from racism).

    Come on: not all “descendents of American slave breeding programs” are black and not all blacks are DoASBPs.

    Are you *really* going to claim that phrase, used in a speech to denigrate a class of people, isn’t racist?

  • gab

    I could not disagree with his speech any more.
    And if in some perverted way, his speech is truth, just remember this: you take Israel, give us all our technologies back (including penecillin, instant messaging (AOL), firewall security software, Intel wireless computer chips, numerous medicines, and miniature video camera capsules to examine internal organs, the cell phone (invented by Motorola, with it’s largest R&D center being in Israel), most of the Windows NT operating system, voice mail technology, and VOIP technology, technology around administration of medications, drip irrigation systems,Voice mail technology,installing large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plants, etc. etc. etc.

    ps: what has Iran ever given us?

  • MM

    Just feel compelled to respond to gab, “ps:what has Iran ever given us?”

    I was about to list but a few examples, but given how internet search engines are, I am sure, covered somewhere in your comprehensive list, I suggest you utilise one.

  • Robbie

    So Gab, technological achievement justifies the oppresssion and murder of Palestinians. Is that what you’re saying? You couldn’t be just a wee bit racist could you?

  • Paul Moss

    This has been one of the best speeches i have heard in a long time, yes where is God in all of the Zionist rhetoric,as the president here indicates it is Satan’s world system that has been accepted by the ruling thugs “Satan’s great victory is his own invisibility in Mans blind stupidity”.
    Those who will not hear shall feel Mr Peter Gooderam & Co!!! the tide is turning.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    United States – the victorious country of WWII took U.N. from non-belligerent Swiz/Geneva to New York.
    And why US president does boycotts other officials in Geneva at the UN conference on Racism? Just because free-speech of other countries presidents are not convenient for the US politics?

  • Rehmat

    Zionist Jews while collaborating with Nazis – learned how to distort the history enemy. Since the establishment of Zionist entity – these atheist Jews and their anti-Islam racist Christian Zionists have left no stone unturned to slander Islam, it Prophet (pbuh) and ignored the historical fact that it were Muslims who gave refuge to the Jews who succeeded in escaping Church’s hatred towards the Jews – Jerusalem (638), Spain (711), Palestine (1186) and even saved 100,000 European Jews during the 1940s.

    Palestinians or Iranians or Lebanese are not the only Muslim countries the Zionist thugs consider their enemies – about the very religion of Islam, as Israeli professor Benjamin wrote in his book “The Israeli Connection”.

    “It is essential that we strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism by all disguised and secret plans,” – David Ben Gurion, first prime minister of the Zionist entity.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/globalization-of-israeli-terrorism/

  • Christopher Marlowe

    Gab shows us the over-inflated ego of the zionists when he said: ” you take Israel, give us all our technologies back (including penecillin [me: penicillin was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming, of Scotland], instant messaging (AOL) [me: (from wikipedia) Instant messaging actually predates the Internet, first appearing on multi-user operating systems like CTSS (MIT) and Multics (MIT, GE, Bell Labs)], firewall security software, Intel wireless computer chips [Me (from wiki): The integrated circuit can be credited as being invented by both Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments[ and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor working independently of each other], numerous medicines, and miniature video camera capsules to examine internal organs, the cell phone (invented by Motorola, with it’s largest R&D center being in Israel) [me: Martin Cooper (born 1928 in Chicago, Illinois) is considered the father of the mobile phone], most of the Windows NT operating system, voice mail technology [me (wiki): voicemail was invented simultaneously at IBM by Dr. Steven J. Boies (c.1975) and at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) by Stan Kugell and Edward McCreight], and VOIP technology, technology around administration of medications, drip irrigation systems,Voice mail technology (me: WTF? Didn’t you just mention this?),installing large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plants [me: I’m not sure what he is taking credit for there, but Charles Fritts was an American inventor credited with creating the first working solar cell in 1883; Russell Shoemaker Ohl (January 1898 – March 1987) was an American engineer who is generally recognized for patenting the modern solar cell], etc. etc. etc. [Do they teach children made-up history in israel, or just how to steal credit for stuff? (when they are not stealing land, oh yes I did)]

    ps: what has Iran ever given us?” Windmills, Modern Arithmatic and algebra. Ethanol, polo, highways, passports, ice cream, chronology, carpets, and the postal service. Also contributions to astronomy, natural science, medicine, and philosophy.

    Gab forgot to mention that in 60 years, isreal has brought nothing but misery to the world. And Windows NT.

  • http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/Sydney_TaxiCorruption/ Faruque Ahmed

    Could you kindly let us know what was wrong with the FACTUALITY of the Iranian President’s speech, apart from the so called “anti-Semitism” and “holocaust denial” business?

    Why do we have to believe in the holocaust when we don’t have to believe in Moses, Jesus, Mohammad or of the present Israeli Holocaust in the occupied Palestine in front of everyone’s eyes since Israel was created?

  • i. wallace

    President Ahmadinejad’s speech hinges upon implicating the U.N.-neocolonial-Western-Zionist block as being the vanguard of Satan on Earth. His statement, while scientifically unverifiable, does hold an intrinsic metaphysical truth. We Westerners have attempted (and here and there succeeded) in fashioning the myth of our being irreproachable, largely to justify our greed. But here we are not all bad; the misuse of our greatest ideals has not (and God willing WILL not) be allowed to choke those ideals of universal worth out of existence. Ahmadinejad is right to challenge the oligarchic throws of delusional, kleptocratic oppression. The easiest thing in the world is to lose perspective and chose the path of least resistance in the short term. That being said, I would personally address President Ahmadinejad by saying, “you can’t fight fire with fire.” This modern Western system is surely under the attack of Satan, but also is fostering incredible spiritual growth. Just as race should be regarded as irrelevant to the intrinsic beauty and value of every human being, so must we realize that no creed or system of religious practice (or conscious lack there) is sufficient to exempt those faithful from attack and subversion by the Evil. To claim any sort of moral high ground sets one up for a fall, because as is Known, True morality has no upper limit.
    Additionally, we are all *struggling* with racism, and will for quite some time. Almost all individuals have at least a hang up here or there about “in groups” and “others.” The change which is taking place is one of death. “Us” and “them” dichotomies are dying – if one is wrong, all are wrong, there is no exemption from the shared responsibility of being human.

  • Jennifer

    Gab wants to know what Iran has given to the world.

    The most important thing Iran has given to the world is a dualistic cosmology in which God (plus everything associated with God: light, brightness) is good and the Devil (plus darkness) is bad. Before Islam, the major religion of Iran was Zoroastrianism which made a mega impression on Jews when the bulk of Jewish people were part of the Persian empire some 2,500 years ago. Judaism, Christianity and Islam inherited the concept of good versus evil from Zoroastrianism for better and for worse.

    I read the text of Ahmadinejad’s speech and found nothing in it that denies the Nazi -Jewish Holocaust. People are wilfully misinterpreting the part where he says the Zionists established Israel on the pretext of Jewish sufferings. Ahmadinejad is clearly saying that the Zionists used the Holocaust and Western guilt to push their particular agenda.

    What Ahmadinejad and most others are not aware of is that during the 1930s the Zionist movement in Palestine continued to trade with Nazi Germany while American Jews were calling for a worldwide trade boycott against that country. In 1944 Adolf Eichmann proposed a deal (approved by Heinrich Himmler) with a Hungarian Jew Joel Brand in which 1 million Jews in Hungary could be saved if a home outside German-occupied territories could be found for them. Brand contacted the Jewish Agency which represented the Zionist movement. The Jewish Agency was not interested in accepting Jews who did not hold Zionist movements, the British government which ruled Palestine and held Brand prisoner during the period when he needed to complete the negotiations also objected and the deal fell through.

  • http://non Yitzhak

    It seems to me that most comenators here are ignorant, narrow minded and completely unaware of far history and facts. If you go far back enough you will remember the slavery in eygpt of the children of Abraham. The creatures you call Palestinians are nothing but a bunch of animals that diserve what they get and not only from the Israelis. Remember when Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia? The Palestinians were the only arabs thet praised sadam and then they were slattered by their saudy brothers. At that time (and to my approval) the only country in the area that opened their doors to those animals was Israel. Remember arafat and his plot to assasinate king hussein? Remember President Sadat of egypt? Go and learn how you are protecting. This is dispite whether israel is right or wrong. Your problem is your hatred to Jewish people has got you blind. But I am not worried since we have been here longer then all of you and believe god when he said that all of our enemies will be destroyed. Yes Iran is next. I will reccomend for all of you Ahmdicknajad lovers to move to live in this peace loving fair country so you could join them in their journey to meet the 72 virgins. Normally I like to think positively and be hopful even to idiots like you arabs that like your prophet Mohamed are illeterate and barbaric. He who live by the sword shall die by the sword. So bring it on any time anywhere. You can never defeat us the jews never.

    • http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      Coming from a bigoted ass like you, having commentators here called “ignorant” and “narrow minded” is a compliment.

  • Janice

    I did not see anything in this speech that denied the Holocaust. It seemed crafted to strike an inclusive tone for all faiths to see this point of view which is in favor of Palestine. Whether you agree or not, it is positive to have these forums for nations to express their positions so that issues can be worked out rather than resort to the nuclear option which benefits no one and which must be avoided at all cost.

  • col

    what did iran ever give us?

    civilization itself! that area of the planet is the academically accepted birthplace of modern civilization. so ask yourself, would you rather have civilization, or a mobile phone (to use in your non-existing civilization).

    the use of zionist instead of jewish is not racism. being jewish is something you’re born into, (through the mother’s side, i believe) so you have no choice but whether to actually practice the religion or not. to be a zionist is to be in favour of a jewish nation-state in palestine – Zion. so it follows that not all Jews are Zionists and vice versa.

    i thought the speech was very good, and totally the opposite of how the british media has described it. if gordon brown had delivered it instead then people might actually vote for him.

  • A. Connell

    It’s the conundrum of healing anything, Can you heal a situation without naming the problem? World peace? Economic reform and reconstruction? Wow – just looking at these few comments on the speech tells me we are light years away from finding world health! From what everyone is saying – peace depends on worshipping certain Gods – hopefully yours got covered, should have if it’s only one, and obviously we have to point fingers – again hopefully all in the same direction. and clearly it depends who’s got and made bigger and better gizmos!(Thank god the gizmos are at least non racial and will work for anyone everywhere!) Ice cream eh? Who knew?
    Yeah it’s hard to move past the outrageous atrocities of history but looks like we’re still intent on being the last one standing. That means forget reconciliation, here’s to more contempt and debilitating war, and above all being right!!
    As for me, well you guys are all way too big a thinkers for me. I’ll just keep on trying to stay positive, not cave in to patterns of fear and worry, show respect and honour for all the people I meet in a day – no matter what race, earn my living honestly and and for the highest good of all concerned, be grateful for the love and life, family and friends I have. Love starts in your own heart, forgiveness starts with acceptance. No – I’m not ignorant of all the pain, struggle, hate mongering, and unbelievable offensives that one nation can cause to another but sometime people we have to start making a new choice. Science, economics, health and love all show us clearly that what we put our attention on grows. Keep your eyes on the light, focus on balance, feet on the ground and love your neighbors – things are bound to change…that is if we don’t kill each other first!

  • bill mcguire

    If Hitler had given a speech to the UN (if it had existed) in 1938, i imagine it would have been as charming, persuasive and downright evil as this.

    I do not see the love of god in this speech. I see thinly veiled hate and a collosal egotism. Persuasive as it is, this seems to be merely an attack on the west and all of the values we cherish and defend. We can at least admit our errors and mistakes, these are the words of a hardlinined fundamentalist with no true respect for the audience, or, humanity.

  • james clark

    Lets face the truth, the palestinian people are being fucked in the ass by racist zionism, just because of the fact that they are palestinian. Replacing the horror of the holocaust, with another horror (zionism) is a breeding ground for more hate.

    They dont like this man, because he exposes the forked tounge nature of the west. We say good words & talk good morals, but we are completely inconsistent in applying them.

    Even if Ahmadinejad had said “The holocaust” is bull shit, it wouldnt render his argument about the suffering of the palestinians invalid. Until the israel/palestine problem is solved, all kinds of nasty weeds will grow from it.

    Blindy pretending the problem does not exist, will not make it go away.

  • Thinker

    There is a lot of factual content and truth in this speech worth contemplating upon. He has highlighted key errors and double standards of the west. Being a westerner doesn’t mean we can’t criticise our ways. It is important that we do to learn from our mistakes and move forward otherwise we will be in the same depressing situation.
    Racism (or whatever word you like to use) is a huge ugly monster in this world and to speak up against it is a good thing! If you remain silent you are as worse as the people who commit it as your silence encourages the behaviour. A world leader spoke up against it we should be taking our hat off to him.

    James clark, you made a valid point and a true one. God bless you.

  • james clark

    God bless you to thinker :D

  • Noor

    Comment by Yitzhak…
    I am disgusted by your comments and feel that you have proved the point that ‘jews’ think they are ‘better’ race than everyone since the day dawned.How pathetic and illiterate of you not to believe that Allah created this world of many races and people to see how we all live together and be answerable for our actions.To use foul language to prove your point further tells me the heat is getting to you!! slandering prohpets is against your relgion too and if you were knowledgable as you claim to be, you would know that our blessed Prophet Mohammmed pbuh. was Allahs chosen as was Prophet Abraham,Prophet Moses, Prophet Isa (Jesus) etc.I guess by YOUR thinking these Prophets had degrees or similar ? As for calling arabs animals your really are showing YOUR narrow minded vision,thinking and knowledge ..shame that your lack of respect in calling the Prime Minister of Iran what you did really did your argument no favours.I guess that is your mentality and as you say that you are ready for anything well we will leave that to Allah to deal with people like you in his own way. Biblical history has punished many races and Jews were one of them ..no land for the Jews??? Any race that terrorises innocent people and makes them homeless will feel the punishment sometime somewhere whether they are jews,christians or muslims. Next time you want to argue refrain from being disrespectful to Gods messengers but talk about people and races because that is where the problem lies …!!!

  • Chris

    I have to say I was impressed with the speech – from the media reports I thought it would be racist… and it wasn’t.

    Seems to me a lot of the comments against the speech here have missed an important point. Really he is criticising the ruling global elite, this isn’t an attack on the west, the USA or Israel. He’s attacking the money men and their puppet governments. Don’t read this as an attack on you, instead look again at the frailties, fallacies and failings our western systems, look at how these systems just serve the interests of a tiny elite. They do this by exploiting you, me and especially those who don’t live in the west… and they do it only for their own ends. They don’t care about America or Britain, they don’t care about you, they care only about themselves and they count on us falling for their lies (via the media / patriotism / religious hatred) and sometimes we even end up defending them when they are accused of wrong doing – please don’t defend this group, they wouldn’t defend you. We should all be as angry as ahmadinejad appears to be, we’re the ones getting conned. I don’t like Iran’s record on human rights and more than you do, but purely in terms of what he has said here; he nailed it.

  • Thinker

    Chris, you have a good objective head which is what we need. God bless you.

  • andrew ward

    truth will always prevail

  • Chris

    Thank you Thinker

  • JoeJix86

    Nice opinion chris. I am agree with you. Ahmadinejad was disagree by the political elites who exploiting people just for their interest.
    And for Yitzhak, I am disagree. you must understand that Jews is like an ordinary people. Sometimes they can do something right sometimes they don’t. And remember who will be destroyed, the Iran or could it be you?

  • Translation issue

    “The victorious powers called themselves the conquerors of the world while ignoring or downtreading the rights of other nations by the imposition of oppressive laws and international arrangements.”

    I thought he said, “The victorious powers called themselves the LIBERATORS of the world while . . . .”

  • denise husbands

    His message is true and to the point. We cannot continue to favor one nation against another. We are all God’s people and God made all the resources for us to equally enjoy. God said that when the poor and oppressed cry out to Him, He himself will avenge them if no one is fighting for them. Here is a world leader that is willing to speak the truth without fear of reprisal. A true Jew is not based on a geographical region, but on the condition of the heart. If we love the Lord or God with all our heart and our neighbor as our self then we are Jews. There was a time in the USA when sign read No Jews, no dogs, no blacks. Brave men and women confronted that type of hatred. What concerns me is that here in the USA there are people who once were discriminated against, who now practice racism, yet they decry this leader and brand him anti-Israel. Racism is hatred wherever you are. We must heed signs of the time. We are coming to the end of an age. Soon God is going to cast in his sickle and gather his harvest. Only those who love the brotherhood will enter into his kingdom.

  • Gina

    In the book of Revelation 2 times it States in Chapter 2 & 3 “those that call themselves Jews but, are not, are but a Synogogue of Satan.” Today 80% of the 13 million Jews are western Jews called Ashkenazi….. they originated from Russia between the Black & Caspain Seas…. they converted to Judism in 800ad. their biblical lineage is from the tribe of Gomer, from Flood times Japheth’s Clan…they were Pagans that faced Christains from their west & Muslims to there south….so to overcome from being ruled by either, they took up Judism & the Talmud Babylonia. Which is at the heart of Civilizations Racism for all are Goyim (dogs) other then Jews. This Talmud is the same one from the days of the Pharisses which Jesus was sent to correct before all the world fell into Satanical demise before the “The time” of the end to perserve human live & save those that Jehovah made in his image. FACT
    Today these western Jews (ROSH) are the grandchildren of the Rothschild, need I say More ?????? The whole world for the last 3 centuries have been under their spell of deception from their pact to control money, then political persuasion to demise their enemy Jesus Christ & all who believe in his LOVE. So comes from these false Jews – Karl Marx, the Pure nature of Getting God out & rules of Men in. No one needs to behold the fact that Sodom & Gemorrah is the new moral code “Do your own thing” is promoted by Media, Policy, & those that operate them……….The House of Rothschild.
    The whole world lives a lie about of what is a Jew….. Shepardic Jews, most have been Converted during the Inqustion & live in South America, they are short, dark haired peoples of which I am. NOT tall, red haired with hook noses like the majority of Jews today……. Yea, tell Israeli Jews progress, science, DNA & archeogolist have proven that most of todays Jews, are not SEMITIC. Shem.
    So Iraq, Turkey & southern Russia is real home of todays Jews, NOT ISRAEL.

  • jkc

    You should all read the book EXODUS by LEON URIS and then start blabbing your mouths off

  • http://www.google.com kk

    surprizingly, world powers preferred to be absent. Are they scared of shame of what they did during the GAZA invasion? My understanding that world powers don’t need to be shameless as they already lost the shame under the political EXCUSE. After Gaza invasion, US President should have questioned ISRAEL the over weighted response handed down to Gaza civilians why ISRAEL shouldn’t be tried for crimes against humanity.

  • abubakar

    GOD knows the iran president is saying the truth.may GOD bless him n iran

  • Dick Mills

    September 27, 2009

    I highly commend Jeremy Hammond for his efforts in presenting the text of this speech by Ahmadinejad’s speech to the U.N. I also heartily agree with his assessments of certain comments in the remarks he posted afterward.

    It is a real shame that the representatives of many Western nations walked out on what, in my estimation, was a fine speech. In doing so, they behaved like a bunch of elementary school children who pick up the ball and go home when they don’t get their ways. But you can be sure that all of these “children” know what was contained in the speech and certainly felt the sting of well-deserved criticism for their own actions and those of their predecessors.

    That Ahmadinejad is demonized by what I call “The New World Order Crowd” comes as no surprise. Having their hands on the major economic, military, and monetary levers of power, they certainly will resist any competition to control that power. History is filled with examples of the lust for money (the root of all evil according to the Bible), and the lust for power to control others that comes with that money.

    While I did not agree with all that Mr. Ahmadinejad said and proposed, I find most of his comments and observations right on target. I scored each comment of substance and out of scores of them only had question marks by eight or ten. The few remarks that I marked as disagreement were really on his methods of accomplishing the goals he proposed–that is, collective, international “governance” which would only make things worse with its coercive measures and repression of liberty.

    Finally, some of the comments above were really amusing, showing the bias, prejudice, and yes, maybe even racism of their own. Mostly, however, I think they sprang from ignorance of history and first principles. Again, I gave 95 per cent of the comments positive marks with but a few disagreements.

    That Zionism could be equated with “racism” and “Jewishness” by any stretch of the imagination simply shows the extreme bias and non-objectivity of the commenter. As Zionism itself is many centuries old and has been opposed by many, many Jews over the centuries, it really indicates a gross lack of historical perspective by those who blindly, and I think wrongly, give their allegiance, their resources, and even the lives of their sons and daughters, in defense of the modern political Israeli state (not Biblical Israel) created by the wrong-headed and corrupt United Nations in 1948. That any opposition to this political creation is viewed as “anti-Semitism” or “racial hatred” is just absurd. Those with such shallow minds take a deep breath and an in-depth course in Middle Eastern History.

    Dick Mills
    Editor
    Keep the Republic Newsletter keeptherepublic@pdq.net
    Houston, Texas

  • Faruque Ahmed

    I have written “Do you have the guts to answer me honestly?” to many academics and thinkers for an honest answer. Alas! They are silent!! Do you now why?

    Do you have the guts to answer me honestly?

    Could you kindly act like a human being and let me know about “1”, “2”, “3” and “4”. Please do not act like a lamb. Please present your reason in support of or reason against these “1”, “2”, “3” and “4” below. I am sure you will find out the real monkey here!

    1. WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM
    http://muslimguilty.blogspot.com/2009/03/world-conference-against-racism.html

    2. Full Text of President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks at U.N. Conference on Racism and
    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2009/04/21/full-text-of-president-ahmadinejads-remarks-at-un-conference-on-racism/

    3. Full text of Ahmadinejad’s Speech to the UN General Assembly (Sep-23-2009) are wrong and why?
    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/september232009/iran_pres_un_9-23-09.php#

    4. Could you also let me know your assessment about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the UN General Assembly?
    http://www.aish.com/jw/me/62541617.html#

  • http://facebook Kruzinski

    Without question, many of his points are valid. The Israeli’s are not without their faults, and they have many. The world economic situation he describes, certainly rings true. However, he must be held accountable for his brutal repression of the protestors in his own country this past summer. Another Hitler? Absolutely not. A man and a situation requiring much diplomacy? Absolutely!

  • http://emperors-clothes.comanalysis/moore2.htm Jared Israel

    How easily some are fooled. That Ahmadinejad is feigning opposition to racism and imperialism to suck people in is obvious from the fact that he says the great third world national liberation struggles *preceded* World War I! In other words, this is Advertising copy aimed at IMITATING a left wing viewpoint, and his writers have so little interest in what they are fabricating that they can’t even bother to check the facts.

    • http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com Jeremy R. Hammond

      That Ahmadinejad is feigning opposition to racism and imperialism to suck people in is obvious from the fact that he says the great third world national liberation struggles *preceded* World War I!

      Not sure which comment you’re referring to.

  • http://emperors-clothes.comanalysis/moore2.htm Jared Israel

    I guess Ahmadinejad’s writers don’t HAVE to check facts because there is a pool of people steeped in hatred of Jews who likewise have their heads full of complete nonsense, such as one Dick Mills, above, who writes:

    “As Zionism itself is many centuries old and has been opposed by many, many Jews over the centuries.”

    In fact, Zionism came into existence in the 1890s. But who needs facts?

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  • Maghdy

    I agree 100% with the vision of Iran while knowing what their real agenda is (Regional wealth control for the sake of security), here is why: 1st, the land they live in and the right to trade freely with the neighbouring countries (The Middle East) do geographically belong to them. 2nd, All he says about zionizm is more than apparent truth to anyone matured enough to be able to think for himself, with no regard to any particular race, origin, or religion. . That is it.

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  • Gregg

    THERE WAS A TIME IN PERSIAN HISTORY WHEN ITS GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE SUPPORTED A ZIONIST STATE AND THE REBUILDING OF THE HEBREW TEMPLE. THIS WAS THE TIME OF KINGS KORESH, DARIUS AND AHASHVEROSH. SINCE THE MUSLIMS TOOK OVER PERSIA, THE COUNTRY HAS STEADILY GONE DOWNHILL MUCH LIKE CATHOLIC GERMANY WENT TO THE DOGS AFTER THE THIRD REICH TOOK POWER. THE STATE OF ISRAEL PREDATES PERSIA BY A THOUSAND YEARS. THE SHIITE MUSLIMS HAVE QUASHED ANY GOODNESS IT ONCE HAD. LISTENING TO AHMEDINEJAD I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY SADDAM HUSSEIN, ALSO A CRACKER, WANTED TO QUASH IRAN AND KILL THE
    RULING MULLAHS. MAYBE THE TWO WILL FIGHT ONCE MORE. IT WAS A DARLING WAR SO MANY ENJOYED MUCH LIKE THE SS FIGHTING WITH THE SA.

  • Gregg

    THERE WAS A TIME IN PERSIAN HISTORY WHEN ITS GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE SUPPORTED ZIONISM AND THE RETURN OF ISRAELITES TO THEIR HOMELAND TO REBUILD THE JEWISH TEMPLE. THAT WAS THE PERIOD OT KINGS CYRUS, XERXES AND DARIUS. THE PERSIAN ENTITY WENT DOWNHILL AFTER THE MUSLIMS TOOK OVER THE GOVERNMENT MUCH LIKE THE CATHOLIC GERMANY WENT TO THE DOGS AFTER THE THIRD REICH TOOK IT OVER. THE SOVEREIGN ISRAELITE NATION EXISTED A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE PERSIA CAME INTO BEING. MODERN IRAN WENT TO HELL AFTER THE AYATOLLAHS TOOK IT OVER. i NOW UNDERSTANS WHY SADAAM HUSSEIN, ALSO A CRACKER, WANTED TO CONQUER IRAN AND KILL THE MULLAHS. HE HAD A GOOD IDEA. MAYBE WE CAN RATCH UP THAT DARLING WAR AGAIN. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN…MUCH LIKE THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THA NAZI SA AND THE SS.

  • Gregg

    YES, I SAID THAT BUT YOU DIN’T PUBLISH IT. HERE IT IS NOW PLEASE PUBLISH IT.

    THERE WAS A TIME IN PERSIAN HISTORY WHEN ITS GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE SUPPORTED ZIONISM AND THE RETURN OF ISRAELITES TO THEIR HOMELAND TO REBUILD THE JEWISH TEMPLE. THAT WAS THE PERIOD OT KINGS CYRUS, XERXES AND DARIUS. THE PERSIAN ENTITY WENT DOWNHILL AFTER THE MUSLIMS TOOK OVER THE GOVERNMENT MUCH LIKE THE CATHOLIC GERMANY WENT TO THE DOGS AFTER THE THIRD REICH TOOK IT OVER. THE SOVEREIGN ISRAELITE NATION EXISTED A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE PERSIA CAME INTO BEING. MODERN IRAN WENT TO HELL AFTER THE AYATOLLAHS TOOK IT OVER. i NOW UNDERSTANS WHY SADAAM HUSSEIN, ALSO A CRACKER, WANTED TO CONQUER IRAN AND KILL THE MULLAHS. HE HAD A GOOD IDEA. MAYBE WE CAN RATCH UP THAT DARLING WAR AGAIN. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN…MUCH LIKE THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THA NAZI SA AND THE SS.

  • Gregg

    WHY IS MY BLOG NOT BEING POSTED? DO YOUR CLERK’S DISAGREE WITH MY VIEW? ARE THEY MUSLIM RADICALS? HERE IT IS AGAIN:

    THERE WAS A TIME IN PERSIAN HISTORY WHEN ITS GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE SUPPORTED ZIONISM AND THE RETURN OF ISRAELITES TO THEIR HOMELAND TO REBUILD THE JEWISH TEMPLE. THAT WAS THE PERIOD OT KINGS CYRUS, XERXES AND DARIUS. THE PERSIAN ENTITY WENT DOWNHILL AFTER THE MUSLIMS TOOK OVER THE GOVERNMENT MUCH LIKE THE CATHOLIC GERMANY WENT TO THE DOGS AFTER THE THIRD REICH TOOK IT OVER. THE SOVEREIGN ISRAELITE NATION EXISTED A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE PERSIA CAME INTO BEING. MODERN IRAN WENT TO HELL AFTER THE AYATOLLAHS TOOK IT OVER. i NOW UNDERSTANS WHY SADAAM HUSSEIN, ALSO A CRACKER, WANTED TO CONQUER IRAN AND KILL THE MULLAHS. HE HAD A GOOD IDEA. MAYBE WE CAN RATCH UP THAT DARLING WAR AGAIN. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN…MUCH LIKE THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THA NAZI SA AND THE SS.

  • Gregg

    AHMEDINEJAD AND HIS AYATOLLAHS ARE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO REGIONAL AND WORLD PEACE, MORE SO THAN AL QUAEDA.
    PRAY TO ALLAH FOR A RESUMPTION OF THE IRAQ-IRAN WAR.
    THAT SHOULD KEEP THESE CREEPS BUSY FOR A WHILE. IRAQ CAN THEN BE CREDITED WITH BOMBING BUSHEIR AND IRAN’S OTHER NUCLEAR HAUNTS.

  • Gregg

    MY VIEWS ARE THAT OF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS YET YOU BLOCK IT OUT. THAT TELLS ME FOR ONE THING THAT IT IS YOU AND THE WEBSITE MANAGERS WHO ARE UNDEMOCRATIC, UNAMERICAN AND PREJUDICED TO THE CORE.

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  • ade

    Ignorant Gregg, I most say you face has been covered with mud so lack initiative.

    Who trained Saddam and who made Iran/Iraq enemies?
    Who made Saudi/Iran enemies? Who made Isreal/Egypt friends? Who made Russia split? Who made South/North Korea enemies? should I continue? Divide and rule by the west. I smell discrimination, racism, favourism, nepotism, ethnic cleansing, oil crazy here. Greeg go do some home then come back with results, if you still think US/Isreal/UK are not behind most attrocities I must be a fool.

  • M. Jamil Hanifi

    Honor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!

    Glory to the Islamic Republic of Iran!

    Death and dishonor to fascist zionist theocratic Israel and its partner in crime, zionized United States.