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The United Nations expelled three Jewish and Iranian groups from a global racism conference Thursday for what it deemed to be unacceptable behavior.

UN spokesman Rupert Colville said the groups whose passes were revoked were the French Union of Jewish Students, Coexist, and the Neda Institute for Political and Scientific Research.

Colville told reporters Thursday that members of the first two groups had been involved in disrupting the speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier in the week.

The Neda Institute from Iran had distributed inflammatory material to meeting participants.

The week-long conference has been overshadowed by Ahmadinejad's accusation that the West used the Holocaust as a pretext to harm the Palestinians, and for subsequent protests against him.