Posted by Ari Zells on Jun 9, 2012
31st World Religions Conference: [Opening Session: Introduction to Judaism by Dr. Allan Gould] held October 1, 2011 at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. This conference is organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada with the cooperation of several cities, academic institution, faith based associations, students clubs and numerous other organizations. The objective of the event is to promote mutual understanding and respect between the followers of various faiths. Scholars of various religions express the beauties of their respective faiths, in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere of love and brotherhood. Faith groups present spiritual poems and songs. Dr. Allan Gould of Toronto is an outstanding speaker and scholar of Judaism. Allan has a Masters in Theatre from New York University, and a Doctorate in English from York University. Has taught at York and U. of T. for a decade, and authored 42 books, published by 16 international publishers, including the highly-regarded anthology, What Did They Think of the Jews? Lectures frequently across North America on Jewish topics. Video Editing and Upload by Nabeel Rana [Conference Video Part #5 of 38 ] [www.worldreligionsconference.org]
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Posted by Ari Zells on Jun 7, 2012
Diplomats walk out of the summit and protesters heckle Iran’s leader
Diplomats have walked out of a speech by the Iranian president at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as “totally racist”.
Two protesters, wearing coloured wigs, disrupted the start of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech – followed by a mass walkout of Western delegates.
Other diplomats clapped as Mr Ahmadinejad continued his address.
France said it was a “hate speech” and the US called it “vile”. Some countries boycotted the conference altogether.
The walkout by delegates from at least 30 countries happened within minutes of the speech starting on Monday.
The delegates planned to return later to participate in the rest of the conference.
One of the two protesters escorted out of the conference hall managed to throw an object at the Iranian president – as they yelled “racist, racist” as he stood at the podium.
Mr Ahmadinejad, the only major leader to attend the conference, said Jewish migrants from Europe and the United States had been sent to the Middle East after World War II “in order to establish a racist government in the occupied Palestine”.
He continued, through an interpreter: “And in fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine.”
French Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei said: “As soon as he started to address the question of the Jewish people and Israel, we had no reason to stay in the room,” the Associated Press news agency reported.
The walkout is a public relations disaster for the United Nations, which had hoped the conference would be a shining example of what the UN is supposed to do best – uniting to combat injustice in the world, says the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.
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