Last night President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was honored by various pacifist religious groups with an Iftar dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. According to The Jerusalem Post:
Several hundred people — including a Jewish rabbi and a radical Muslim cleric — joined Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a traditional breaking of the Ramadan fast Thursday before he left New York.
Outside, several hundred people gathered along 42nd Street across from the Grand Hyatt Hotel, next to Grand Central Terminal, waving Israeli flags and signs reading “No feast for the beast.”
Among the speakers addressing the demonstrators — and the crush of evening commuters who paused outside the train station to listen — was MK Aryeh Eldad, who exhorted his listeners not to “wait in vain” for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian threat.
“We know that we can trust no one but ourselves, and we will stop you, be sure, in whatever way we can,” Eldad cried. “Your end, your end, Ahmadinejad, will serve as a lesson for any anti-Semite.”
Inside, well-dressed guests lined up in the Hyatt’s plush lobby and chatted amiably while waiting to go through tight security on the way into the ballroom, where Ahmadinejad was scheduled to appear alongside the president of the United Nations’ General Assembly, Nicaraguan diplomat Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann.
The controversial event — an Iftar meal to break the Ramadan fast, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan — was organized by a coalition of pacifist churches and billed as an interfaith dialogue on the topic of “the significance of religious contributions to peace.”
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