Ahmadinejad to UN: 'Uncivilized Zionists' Threaten Iran

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called once again for the end of Israel as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday.

U.N. schedulers chose Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, to hear from the world leader most committed to Israel's destruction.

Israeli Jews were finishing the most solemn day of the year, getting ready to wind up 24 hours of fasting and prayer, when Ahmadinejad stepped to the podium.

With U.S. and Israeli representatives boycotting the speech, Ahmadenijad said his country is threatened by "uncivilized Zionists."

"And the self-proclaimed centers of power who have entrusted themselves to the devil ... are responsible for poverty, corruption, ignorance and oppression, and discrimination in every corner of the world," he said.

Click play to watch John Waage's report followed by reaction from CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

While Ahmadenijad called the Sept. 11 attacks "tragic," he also said society would be "beautiful and pleasant" had the United States not killed Osama bin Laden and thrown his body into the sea "without trial or without informing the world."

He had already accused the United States, Tuesday, of bullying. In that speech he also called for a new world order.

Demonstrators made it clear both before and after the Iranian president's speech that they were angry about his visit.

"I think it's disgraceful that our governments allow these terrorists to come into our countries [and] give them legitimacy, because they have no legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people," exiled Iranian Farzanah Hosserni said at a protest in New York.

The demonstration took place outside the Warwick Hotel, which hosted the Iranian president during his visit.

"You know, if he wants to come to New York City and say that 9/11 is a big lie and that he hates America and that the Holocaust is a myth, he should say that at the U.N.," Nathan Carleton, spokesman for the group United Against Nuclear Iran, said.

"And he should stay at his country's mission to the U.N.," he added. "He should not be staying at a luxury hotel, eating at New York City restaurants and just spitting in the face of the people of New York."

The protestors, as well as many Americans and Israelis, are grateful that Ahmadinejad's eighth address to the U.N. body is likely to be his last.

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