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Protests To Greet Iranian President At Columbia University

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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can expect protests when he appears at a Columbia University forum Monday.

The Jewish student group Columbia/Barnard Hillel is planning a rally that will start at 1 p.m. Monday near the building where the president is set to speak.

Ahmadinejad has drawn sharp criticism for his comments that the Holocaust was a myth and that Israel should be "wiped off the map."

And the White House has said Iran sponsors terrorism and is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Despite growing outrage, Columbia says it will not withdraw the invitation, drawing strong words from local officials.

"Columbia University, one of the most prestigious in the country, giving him a forum, rolling out a red carpet to a man who has spewed hate repeatedly against the state of Israel, saying the Holocaust never happened — there is no reason why Columbia University should do that,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"Personally, I wouldn't go to listen him. I don't care about what he says,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “I think that he has said enough that I find disgusting and despicable that I wouldn't give him the satisfaction of being in the audience."

Ahmadinejad had asked for a trip to the World Trade Center site while in town for the U.N. General Assembly, but the city denied that request, citing safety concerns.
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