Diplomats walk out during Ahmadinejad speech

A speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accusing Israel of being racist sparked a walkout by Western diplomats at a UN conference today.

Mr Ahmadinejad pointed the finger at the United States, Europe and Israel and said they were destabilising the entire world.

Some European diplomats immediately walked out of the UN racism conference in Geneva when he said Israel was created on the “pretext of Jewish suffering” from the Second World War.

A wigged protester shouting “Racist! Racist!” threw a soft red object at Mr Ahmadinejad, hitting the podium and interrupting his speech.

United States and eight other Western countries are already boycotting the week-long event.

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