Those questioning the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ slogan that they represent the 99 percent may have just gotten more evidence to support their skepticism.
Turns out, three American Occupy Wall Street-supporting professors joined Iranian counterparts at Tehran University last month for an Occupy Wall Street conference. Quoting Iran’s Press TV – which refers those opposing the movement the “1 percent criminals” - the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) this weekend released a report on the event (video below):
"…university professors and scholars from around the world discussed various aspects of [the] Occupy Wall Street Movement" and "talked about the nature of the people that take part in the Wall Street movement, what effects it has had up to now, and its future."
The meeting also took up what some might consider a questionable issue for American citizens to raise overseas and at that exact venue considering their nation’s current relations with the Islamic Republic: How Occupy Wall Street could impact the U.S. elections.
According to MEMRI’s transcription of a Press TV report, Prof. Alex Vitae of Brooklyn College said:
“…we know it's had some impact both locally and nationally, but the impact has still been limited. I think many people are waiting to see what effect it may have on this year's national elections, and whether or not this will have momentum that could have more far-reaching implications.”
A Fordham University professor was interviewed wearing a Muslim hijab, as is required attire for all female residents and visitors to Iran. Professor Heather Gautney of Fordham University said:
“…we have elections coming up in November, and I think that the movement is going to be incredibly active in pressuring politicians to start addressing issues of social inequality.”
Professor John Hammond of City University of New York provided information on upcoming “Occupy” events:
“…in May, the G-8 Summit will occur in Chicago, and many groups are planning to converge on Chicago with some kind of demonstration.”
Despite the “Occupy” movement’s scarce impact on policy, Press TV parroted the Occupy Wall Street 99 percent rallying cry, per MEMRI:
The Press TV correspondent concluded his report with the following statement: "At the end of the discussion, the speakers said that the Occupy Wall Street movement is just the tip of the iceberg, because a global movement is also on the way, which seeks to, and will, redesign the world order in favor of the 99% of the world."
Besides the professors, there were other American participants in the conference. MEMRI reports:
One of them was Abdul Alim Musa, imam of the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in Washington DC, who is known for speaking in support of jihad and martyrdom, as well as his anti-American and antisemitic statements, including blaming terrorist attacks such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 9/11, and the failed 2009 Christmas Day airplane bombing on the government.
At the conference, Musa told Press TV about the OWS movement's mission of fighting "global Zionism" which, he said, uses "interest" and "debt" to "control the world." […] "And I believe that Wall Street is fighting the monster of the day. The monster is not the Shoah [Holocaust] – the monster today is global Zionism. You're using riba and interest – the tool that they use to control the world, to control each state, and each area of the world, is debt."
In his address to the conference on February 14, Abdul Alim Musa "deplored the ruling establishment in the U.S., insisting that there is no democracy and human equality in the country.
MEMRI reports Press TV posted its report online on Tehran University’s Occupy Wall Street Conference on February 22. Here is one video report from Press TV. Others can be seen here:
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