My Dinner With Ahmadinejad

Listening skeptically as the Iranian leader courts American students.
10/02/2012 - 20:00

We could have been in Tehran.

Men in dark suits and earpieces stood outside the doors of the hotel, keeping watch for protesters and anybody else who didn’t belong. Inside, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared to meet a group of university students.

Except this was New York City, and I was one of those students.

Before he spoke at the UN, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told students he’s in favor of “showing kindness to one another.” getty images

Persia, Then And Now

03/13/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

With the imminent advent of Purim and our annual encounter with Haman and the forces of evil, we are, yet again, brought into uncomfortably close contact with the darker side of Jewish history. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

‘There Is No Justice Here’

Israel UN ambassador storms out of Ahmadinejad’s speech as political leaders gather to denounce Iranian leader.
09/26/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Unbeknownst to the political and communal leaders who stood outside the United Nations Monday to criticize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s planned Wednesday speech to the UN General Assembly, the Iranian leader was already inside speaking.

Ahmadinejad had been introduced to speak at a forum on international law when Israel’s United Nations ambassador, Ron Prosor, rose and stormed out of the room as Ahmadinejad approached the rostrum.

Ahmadinejad’s scheduled speech at the UN on Yom Kippur brought criticism from Jewish, Christian leaders. Getty Images

Israeli Organization Sues Warwick Hotel For Hosting Ahmadinejad

09/18/2012 - 20:00

An Israeli law center that combats terrorist organizations by seeking compensation for victims is suing the hotel that is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly next week, seeking the president’s room to satisfy a portion of a judgment one of its clients is owed by Iran.

Ahmadinejad Expected To Speak At UN On Yom Kippur

09/10/2012 - 20:00

The holiest day of the Jewish calendar could see one of the Jewish state’s most vocal opponents thrust into international spotlight.

On the fast day of Yom Kippur Sept. 26, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is likely to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Israel National News reported.

Columbia U. Denies Involvement With Ahmadinejad Visit

09/20/2011 - 20:00

Columbia University clarified that a Fox News report suggesting that Columbia's president was involved in an event next week for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was false.

Presidents Conf. again calls for U.N. walkout on Ahmadinejad

09/07/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A major Jewish umbrella organization again has called on the ambassadors of United Nations member states to walk out on a speech by Iran's president.

Anticipating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again will seek to address the General Assembly this year, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent letters asking delegates to leave should Ahmadinejad be allowed to speak before the international body.

Stronger Iran Sanctions, or Strike?

Pressure’s on Iran after secret nuke revelation.

09/29/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesThe revelation that Iran had a secret nuclear site deep in the arid mountains near the holy city of Qom and protected by anti-aircraft missile batteries has dramatically increased the likelihood of strong sanctions against the Tehran regime, but it is unlikely to change a strategic calculus that does not favor U.S. or Israeli military action.

Ahmadinejad Visit Sparks Debate

09/21/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
An appearance by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday night has touched off a debate on whether there is any point in talking to the Holocaust-doubting Iranian president whose nuclear threats against Israel have made him an international pariah. The nonpartisan think tank insists the meeting was an open exchange, not simply a polemic platform for the extremist leader, in town for the General Assembly of the United Nations, where thousands of protestors against Ahmadinejad gathered outside Wednesday.

Call To Throw Book At Ahmadinejad

12/21/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Historians often question how clear signals from people who are about to commit acts of barbarity could have been missed. The question now facing the world, said America’s outgoing United Nations ambassador, John Bolton, is whether the threats of Iran’s president constitute “one of those historic moments.” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “has made statements denying the Holocaust and he has said Israel should be wiped off the map,” Bolton told a gathering of Jewish leaders and lawmakers here.
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