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Critics: Ahmadinejad Violating U.N. Charter

Monday, 24 Sep 2007 08:23 AM

New Yorkers are outraged over the visit of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and are expected to come out in force today to protest.

American Jewish groups have called for a massive rally outside the United Nations at noon today and are calling on the United Nations Security Council to disbar Ahmadinejad from speaking to the UN on Tuesday on grounds that his call for the destruction of the State of Israel is in violation of the U.N. charter.

“Once again, the forum of the United Nations General Assembly will be defiled by the presence of the president of Iran, who is in violation of the charter of the United Nations [by] threatening to destroy another member state,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

Representatives Steven Rothman, D-N.J., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., have won 103 co-sponsors for legislation they introduced earlier this year that calls on the U.N. Security Council to charge Ahmadinejad with violating the U.N. Charter because of his calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.

House Concurrent Resolution 21 also calls on the Security Council to charge Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Much of today’s outrage will focus on Columbia University, which will host Ahmadinejad to a forum starting at 1:30 pm.

“If Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak… we would certainly invite him,” the Dean of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, John H, Coatsworth, told FoxNews (the pretext for the question was, 'What if Hitler came to the U.S. in 1939, before the Holocaust and World War II?' Coatsworth told Fox News on Monday morning).

The Coatsworth statement, and the unflappable attitude of Columbia University president Lee Bollinger who has maintained the invitation despite massive protests, has got many Columbia alums up in arms.

Sally Zelikovsky, who has an L.LP in international law from Columbia, now lives in California and is raising three children.

After several attempts to register a complaint with Bollinger’s office, she thinks Columbia alums should pocket their contributions to their alma mater.

“Their contempt for any other viewpoint is palpable,” she told Newsmax in an email exchange. “We live in a topsy-turvy world: they protest against supposed human rights abuses when any Israeli speaker appears but embrace Ahmadinejad as a champion of their free speech and emblematic of academic freedom. G-d help our children.”

The American Congress for Truth has gathered close to 10,000 signatures in an on-line petition calling on Columbia to cancel the Ahmadinejad speech.

In addition to reviewing Ahmadinejad’s statements about wiping Israel off the face of the map, and his involvement in the holding of American hostages following the U.S. embassy takeover in Tehran in 1979, it noted that Columbia’s invitation “empowers his terrorist regime and Islamic radicals everywhere.”

Congressional sources told Newsmax over the weekend that they planned to examine the conditions for Columbia’s massive federal grants and student loan guarantees this week.

“What if parents sending their kids to Columbia all of a sudden were told they wouldn’t be eligible for federal loan guarantees or Pell grants?” a Senate aide said.

At issue, the aide said, was Columbia’s apparent one-sided approach to free speech. “They’re willing to invite Ahmadinejad, but they won’t allow someone like [Minuteman leader] Jim Gilchrest to speak to a campus group about U.S. immigration policy.”

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