(IsraelNN.com) Eleven countries, led by France and the United States, walked out Wednesday evening on a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that railed against Jews and Israel. Ambassadors from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy and New Zealand joined the walkout. Israel and Canada boycotted the speech before the Islamic Republic leader even began.
European Union countries had agreed ahead of the speech that they would walk out if Ahmadinejad were to start making “unacceptable” remarks. He gave them plenty of reasons to carry out their threat. Ahmadinejad, who copied the Hamas policy of referring to Israel as the “Zionist regime,” derided Israel for what he called its “inhumane polices” and “genocide” against Palestinian Authority Arabs. He also accused Jews of being a “small minority that would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks."
Ahmadinejad defended the results of his re-election three months ago, claiming the vote was "glorious and fully democratic" and that people entrusted me once more with a large majority." He made little mention of the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment program or its other nuclear development activities. Shortly before his speech, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a soft deadline for Iran.
She told reporters following a meeting with the foreign ministers from Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany that the six nations would wait until the talks with the Islamic Republic scheduled to take place on October 1 before deciding whether to impose harsher sanctions over its intransigence on halting its nuclear development activities.
This is the second time this year delegates have walked out on Ahmadinejad. In April, several representatives of European nations protested during the Iranian leader's speech at the U.N. Racism Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon hearing his opening barbs against Israel, the French delegation stood up and walked out. Some 40 diplomats from more than 20 countries, mostly Europeans but including Morocco, followed suit, as did several nongovernmental organizations, including B'nai B'rith International.
Internet Hate describes the rapidly expanding practice utilized by racists and extremists to place anti-Semitic, racist, and other hateful material on the World Wide Web. The growth of the Internet has enabled bigoted and sometimes violent messages to reach a much wider and broader audience than ever before. Consequently, these messages of hate have become widely accessible online - in homes, offices, schools, and libraries.
For years extremists have used printing of every kind -- books, pamphlets, posters, newspapers, magazines -- to get their message out. They have also tried to use modern inventions such as movies. radio, television, recorded audio and video tape and even telephone messages to spread their beliefs. So it is not surprising that they have decided to take their hate to the Internet. The Internet lets them reach millions with a click of a mouse.
Haters use the World Wide Web with its colorful web pages, sounds, and images to push propaganda attacking their enemies. Some of these pages suggest that violent action is needed. Old lies are reprinted and new ones are created. Neo-Nazi Skinheads try to sell the latest CDs filled with calls for "racial holy war."
It is fairly easy to create a simple Web page. Many bigots have. They often try to create the false impression that many people are involved in their activities. This frightens their targets and encourages supporters.
The number of racists and anti-Semites is small compared to the rest of the population; in addition, they are fairly spread out. Yet, on the Internet, they can find people who think like them, which strengthens their beliefs and makes them feel less isolate.
Because extremists on the Internet can hide their real identity behind screen names and addresses (like anyone else), they feel free to attack those they hate. They realize there is no way for anyone to know who they are.
This blog was created to shine a light on who these haters are, where they hang out on the web, and the methods they employ to try and intimidate their victims.