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  • Who Walked Out of Ahmadinejad’s Speech?

    by Steven I. Weiss

    We all know that a number of European leaders walked out during the Iranian President’s speech at the UN World Conference on Racism (or “Durban II,” as Jewish groups call it), but who did walk out? I’d like to crowd-source that info in this post, so if you find one that’s not listed, I’ll link you with that mention.

    - British U.N. Ambassador Peter Gooderham, “along with representatives from France, Spain and several other European countries.”

    - French U.N. Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei.

    - Czech Republic

    - Cameras at the scene showed empty seats where delegates from France, Finland and Denmark had been sitting”

    - At the first mention of Israel, about 40 diplomats from Britain and France and other European Union countries exited the room”

    Those who couldn’t have walked out, because they were already boycotting the conference:
    - The United States
    - Israel
    - Australia
    - New Zealand
    - The Netherlands
    - Canada
    - Italy
    - Germany

    And if anyone wants to help out answering a second question: who was applauding during the speech?

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