The President of Iran is in New York to address more than a hundred world leaders at today’s UN General Assembly. Before flying from Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke out against the Security Council, which he says does not represent the UN but rather a few world powers. If he is critical of the United States, then the feeling is mutual.
A rally was held outside the UN’s New York headquarters to protest at Ahmadinejad’s presence there. It was organised by major Jewish organisations that accuse him of denying the holocaust and planning a nuclear strike on Israel.
Republican party vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton were to address the crowd. However, when Clinton pulled out, some say due to Palin’s presence, Palin had her speaking slot withdrawn, much to the displeasure of some protestors.
“He invited her. You invite someone to your house for a party, you don’t call them up and say ‘Don’t come because another guest doesn’t want you here’,” said one angry protestor.
Although denied her moment on the podium, Palin will have the chance to rub shoulders with world leaders at the UN meeting.