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Iranian hatemonger Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York spewing venom about Israel, the United States and gays — and even made a chilling crack about the fatwa on “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.
Claiming the Jewish state has “no roots” in the Middle East and is an annoyance that can be “eliminated,” the Iranian strongman’s vile words were a likely preview of the anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic and anti-American hate speech he plans to deliver Wednesday. His address happens to fall on Yom Kippur, the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar.
“It is shocking, outrageous and offensive that this year’s farce will be given on Yom Kippur — the holiest day of the year for the very Jewish people his regime is so committed to wiping off the map,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who on Monday joined elected officials and the Jewish Community Relations Council in condemning the Iranian leader.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he attends the high level meeting on rule of law in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.
The Iranian president was told to tone down his rhetoric during his eighth and last visit to the United Nations General Assembly. But he ignored that warning during interviews and a speech at a high-level UN meeting Monday.
“We don’t even count them as any part of any equation for Iran,” he said of Israel, according to Reuters. “They represent minimal disturbances that come into the picture and are then eliminated.”
Israel’s UN envoy, Ron Prosor, walked out of a UN session on the rule of law when Ahmadinejad got the floor.
“The leader of an outlaw country that is a serial violator of the fundamental principles of the rule of law has no place in this hall,” Prosor said, according to Israeli media.
Ahmadinejad referred to the civil war in Syria as “tribal” fighting and denied his nation is funneling support to Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying, “We see both sides as brothers.”
Protesters gather on 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan across from the Warwick Hotel rallying against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is staying there for United Nations General Assembly this week.
A United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) group holds a demonstration outside the Warwick Hotel in New York on September 24, 2012 to protest the Warwick and its guest, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
And, he seemed to offer support for death threats against Rushdie made by Iranian religious leaders. “If he is (in the U.S.), you shouldn’t broadcast that for his own safety,” Ahmadinejad said.
He insisted that he’s open to dialogue with the United States over Iran’s secret nuclear program, but the Obama administration indicated it’s unimpressed with what he’s had to say so far.
“President Ahmadinejad says foolish, offensive and sometimes unintelligible things with great regularity,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
Protesters gather on 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan across from the Warwick Hotel rallying against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is staying there this week.
Ahmadinejad fulfilled his reputation during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, broadcast Monday night, by hedging on the existence of the Holocaust, questioning the events of 9/11 and unabashedly declaring his disdain for homosexuality. “This kind of support of homosexuality is only in the hearts of hard-core capitalists,” Ahmadinejad said in response to a question about whether being gay is a choice. “At the end of the day, they do become that way.”
The Iranian president also told CBS News that Iranians “do not believe” in nuclear weapons.
“We are against it,” he said, according to an excerpt of the interview released Monday night.
He noted that the United States has “5,600 modern bombs,” and opined, “What intelligent person would fight 5,000 American bombs with one bomb?”