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Tehran professor claims U.S. Campus protests support Iranian interests

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In a controversial statement, The University of Tehran’s Foad Izadi views U.S. College protests as aligned with Iran, amidst tensions with America

Professor Foad Izadi of the University of Tehran recently expressed views that protests on U.S. college campuses, particularly those opposing Israel, indirectly support Iran’s stance, especially if conflicts between Iran and the U.S. were to escalate. According to Izadi, students involved in these protests would potentially rally in favour of Iran against the U.S. government’s policies.

This perspective emerges amidst widespread demonstrations on campuses like Columbia University, where students have voiced strong criticism against Israel’s actions in Palestine. Izadi interprets these movements as a weakening of U.S. support for Israel, which he believes could reduce American opposition to Iranian interests.

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In his interview, which was translated and published by MEMRI.org, Izadi detailed that the Islamic Republic of Iran sees these demonstrations as a positive sign, urging that they should evolve beyond mere protests. He emphasized Iran’s historical support for the Palestinian cause, suggesting that Iran views itself as a leader in promoting resistance against perceived injustices in the region.

Lisa Daftari, an Iran expert and editor-in-chief at the Foreign Desk, responded critically to Izadi’s comments. She highlighted the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime, known for its severe repression of domestic dissent, particularly among students, while it praises foreign protestors who align with its ideological battle against the U.S.

Daftari also warned that the Iranian regime might exploit the momentum from these protests to enhance its influence and operational reach within the United States, not just through propaganda but potentially through more direct actions.

The statements from Izadi and the reactions they have elicited underscore the complex interplay of international relations, domestic policies, and campus activism, reflecting broader geopolitical tensions that extend far beyond academic settings.

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