Tense Ahmadinejad questions 9/11, Holocaust after blistering reception at Columbia

8:09 PM, Sep 24, 2007   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been taken to task over his country's human-rights record and foreign policy — not to mention his statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel.

During a forum at Columbia University that was at times tense, Ahmadinejad tried to shrug off what he called “insults” as he questioned the official version of the September 11th attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust.

Before he spoke, Columbia's president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”

During a question and answer session, a tense Ahmadinejad was pressed specifically about punishment of homosexuals, but said Iran doesn't have homosexuals like the U.S.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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