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Sarah Palin will speak at next week’s Jewish-sponsored rally to protest Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations.

In addition to Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee and Alaska governor, confirmed speakers include U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), an Iranian dissident, a black minister and Jewish and Israeli leaders, according to a key group organizing the rally, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

“The speakers represent the broad spectrum of American political life,” the group’s executive vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, told JTA.

Asked if there would be someone from the Obama campaign at the demonstration, Hoenlein noted the presence of Clinton as a leading Democrat and said she accepted the invitation to speak several weeks ago, before the Democratic National Convention.

The rally, part of efforts by Jewish groups to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 22. It is expected to draw thousands of participants to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations.

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