More on that Iranian president guy thing
Written by Bwog Staff
And so the madness begins. An anti-Ahmadinejad press conference that just went down in front of the Broadway gates included state assemblyman Dov Hikind, who called for New Yorkers to “show up by the thousands” and create an impenetrable human barrier around Lerner Hall. Also present was the principal of the Rambam Jewish day school in Long Island, who referred to the Iranian leader as “worse than Hitler.” Former LionPac head Ari Gardner gave a short talk, as did New York City council member David Weprin.
“This invitation is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers and especaill to those families who lost loved ones on 9/11,” Weprin’s release reads. Does using 9/11-fueled hysteria to demonize a middle eastern leader sound familiar? Well it did to the few counter-protesters who decided to crash this particular Iran-bashing party–one man who looked liked he hadn’t bathed in days was busy covering the
Columbia Coalition’s stirring Iran execution posters that have been posted by people who are well known to be in the Columbia Coalition (whew…) with fliers for a protest against “Zionist thugs” on Low Plaza at noon tomorrow. Hillel president Josh Rosner demanded that security remove him for defacing student property; after much shouting the NYPD escorted him off the premises. “You’re a Nazi!” one counter protestor shouted at a righteously irate Rosner. To which the Hillel president replied, “I’m a Jew!”
This tennis match of invective was like catnip to the dozen or so media outlets (Bwog spotted everyone from 1010 WINS to Univision in attendance) gathered in front of the Broadway gates. With camera-people outnumbering protesters roughly two to one, every individual shouting match drew a swarm of journalists keen to jump on the next big escalation. No fistfights today, but some interesting tidbits have emerged from the press conference’s sidelines:
– The socialist group Revolution is planning on having some kind of a presence at tomorrow’s rally. Like the CCAW, they don’t characterize their action as a counter-protest, although they plan on unfurling a banner reading “Ahmadinejad is bad, Bush is worse.” The upshot: there will definitely be a non-counterprotesting counter-protest tomorrow involving several outside socialist and far-left wing groups.
– So remember the David Project? They had an operative on campus today, although none knew whether or not MEALAC-scandal villain Charles Jacobs will be in attendence tomorrow.
– Hikind again: “My dream is that New Yorkers come here by the thousands and try to stop him…it’s civil disobedience. I would love it.” Umm…anybody with him?