Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Failures in Journalism: Ahmadinejad's Visit and Negotiating with Iran

This time of year, when the air grows crisp and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes his annual visit to Manhattan to address the United Nations General Assembly, I often look back on my own encounter with the Iranian President. It was 2007, and I was thinking of writing a story about Neturei Karta, a tiny sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews known for their vehement anti-Zionism. (One of their leaders served as Yassir Arafat's Minister for Jewish Affairs; you may remember them as the rabbis who attended Iran's "International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust" in 2006.) One day that September, I called my main contact, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, [...]