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Protest against Ahmadinejad

by: JTA - Last updated: 2007-09-24

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Several thousand demonstrators turned out for the start of a rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad across from the United Nations.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn helped kick off Monday's event, declaring: "We are all here today to send one clear, loud and united message that there is no place for hate and terror in this world, but there will always be a place for the great State of Israel."

The rally at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza took place with the start of the UN General Assembly. It was organised by an ad hoc coalition that included the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, United Jewish Communities, UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Among the dignitaries expected to speak are Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, former US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, several New York politicians and prominent religious and military leaders.

(c) JTA