Occupy Wall Street: Does anyone care about the anti-Semitism?

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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/17/2011 [h=1]Occupy Wall Street: Does anyone care about the anti-Semitism?[/h]By Jennifer Rubin

In the millions of pixels devoted to the radical Occupy Wall Streeters, virtually nothing has been said about its anti-Semitic elements. The conservative Emergency Committee for Israel is out with an eye-popping ad:


Those vile scenes have been noticed in Israel as well. Israel Today observes:
A growing number of Israelis and foreign Jewish groups are expressing concern over the anti-Semitic flavor of some of the “Occupy Wall St.” economic protests in the US. . . .​
In Los Angeles, California, protester Patricia McAllister, who identified herself as an employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (we can only hope she is not an educator), had this to say:​
“I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government… they need to be run out of this country.”​
On the American Nazi Party website, leader Rocky Suhayda voiced support for “Occupy Wall St.” and asked, “Who hold the wealth and power in this country? The Judeo-Capitalists. Who is therefore the #1 enemy who makes this filth happen? The Judeo-Capitalists.”​
One of [the] people reportedly responsible for organizing the “Occupy Wall St.” protests, Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn, has a history of perpetuating conspiracy theories that say the Jews control America’s foreign policies......​
I've noticed the antipathy of jews by large numbers of members of the left for years. Apparently it's being noticed in israel as well.
 
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Just like the Tea Party has it's racists and haters, it should be no surprise that this movement (or any other, for that matter) has them too. Fricking idiots are everywhere.
 
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Based on their dogma, rigidity & type of people attracted, I would guess there are more antisemites in the Teaparty than in the OWS & antisemitism is simply desperate Teaparty "Mud" being thrown. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the antisemitic OWS rhetoric hasn't been planted by Teaparty operatives! (come on Righties....Prove me wrong!) :f_winkeye:
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if some of the antisemitic OWS rhetoric hasn't been planted by Teaparty operatives!
It doesn't surprise me the left dodges the truth by denying that any lefty can be anti-Semitic. Haven't you read posts by the LWL anti-Semites/Pro-Palestinians on this forum? Is it really that difficult a leap of logic to think some of them would show up in NYC?
 
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I've noticed the antipathy of jews by large numbers of members of the left for years. Apparently it's being noticed in israel as well.

Anti-defamation League, 6 days ago:


(snip ... ) During periods of economic strife, certain people cling to anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, said Carolyn Stein, an analyst at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. But the ADL is not prepared to charge the movement as a whole with anti-Semitism.

“[It is] not uncommon during difficult economic times [when] there is scrutiny on the financial situation in the U.S. and elsewhere to look to possible explanations,” she said. “And there are some, usually on the fringe, but sometimes in the mainstream, who incorporate Jews or Jewish conspiracy theories into their explanations for that.”

Stein added that while there have been some demonstrations of anti-Semitism in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, the ADL does not see it as an institutionalized problem. However, the group is continuing to observe the protests and plans to dispel any conspiracy theories that arise.

We have seen instances of individuals promoting these views. We do not think that it is or has been institutionalized in the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movements,” she said. “But I think the bigger issue is sort of that when there is a heightened focus economic strife and the financial industry it is not surprising to see these messages. Yet, we will continue to be diligent, looking for them and combating the promotion of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories should they arise.”

Read more: Anti-Defamation League | Occupy Wall Street | Anti-Semitism | The Daily Caller

Anti-defamation League, yesterday:

ADL Calls On 'Occupy Wall Street' Organizers To Condemn Anti-Semitic Remarks Made At Rallies

New York, NY, October 17, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on organizers, participants and supporters of the worldwide "Occupy Wall Street" movement to condemn anti-Semitic signs and comments that have appeared at some of the protest rallies across the country and around the world.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We are seeing some individuals holding anti-Semitic signs at the "Occupy Wall Street" rallies, and some videos posted on YouTube from the rallies have shown individuals expressing classic anti-Semitic beliefs such as "Jews control the banks" and "Jews control Wall Street." While we believe that these expressions are not representative of the larger views of the OWS movement, it is still critical for organizers, participants and supporters of these rallies to condemn such bigoted statements clearly and forcefully.

There is no evidence that these anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are representative of the larger movement or that they are gaining traction with other participants. However, history demonstrates time and again how economic downturns can embolden anti-Semites to spread malicious conspiracy theories and promote stereotypes about Jews and money. As a consequence, these statements must not be left unchallenged.
The League continues to monitor the tenor and messages at the demonstrations to ensure that they do not get hijacked by extremists or anti-Semitic elements.

ADL Calls On 'Occupy Wall Street' Organizers To Condemn Anti-Semitic Remarks Made At Rallies

Participants condemning clearly and forcefully:



Occupiers occupy Tel Aviv:


Tel Aviv ^^^^ (not a sign, but struck me as funny anyway)

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution

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Jennifer Rubin is propagating a meme on the right. And, btw, she also states that 'anti-black' statements from Tea Party groups are 'alleged' and 'never proved'. So, we take this whole thing and flush it down the toilet where it belongs.


... You will recall that reports of alleged anti-black comments (never verified) from Tea Party groups brought howls from Democrats and the media.
 

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Occupy Wall Street celebrates Yom Kippur Eve:

[video=youtube;NsYeTHPxV0A]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsYeTHPxV0A&feature=player_embedded[/video]


And, btw, who ARE the "Emergency Committee for Israel" who produced this 'eye-popping ad' that Jennifer Rubin references? Well, they are a far-right Republican group run by Bill Kristol.



Opinion: Exploiting anti-Semitism to destroy Occupy Wall Street

BY MJ ROSENBERG


An ugly old tradition is back: exploiting anti-Semitism to break the backs of popular movements that threaten the power of the wealthiest 1 percent of our population. It is being used to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has conservatives in a state of near panic.

I don’t know the first time the tactic was used, although it dates back almost to the beginning of the Jewish diaspora.

Perhaps its most famous use was by the viciously anti-Semitic Czar Nicholas, whose supporters concocted the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” at the start of the 20th century to prevent Russians from joining socialist movements and other reform efforts that were fighting to get the czar to cede some power to an elected parliament.

The Protocols were a forged document purporting to show that a cabal of Jews met regularly to solidify their supposed control of the entire world. According to the Protocols, Jews were behind socialist and liberal movements but also ran the banks and Wall Street. (A modern version of this ridiculous theme was a staple on Glenn Beck’s television program that ran on Fox News until being canceled this summer.)

The Protocols have had a long life, used by the czar, the Nazis, and even today by extremist and fringe Muslim groups opposed to the existence of Israel.

But they were primarily used not so much against the Jews as against reform and revolution. Linking a progressive movement to the Jews would destroy progressive movements and preserve the power of those in control.

Perhaps not surprisingly, a bizarre variant of this phenomenon is now being deployed against Occupy Wall Street.

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... yesterday the Emergency Committee For Israel, a far-right Republican group run by Bill Kristol, issued a video flat-out accusing Occupy Wall Street of anti-Semitism, with side swipes at leading Democrats (what a coincidence!) like President Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who have sympathized with the movement and are therefore, by implication, probably anti-Semitic themselves.

The Emergency Committee’s evidence is presented in the video, which shows three anti-Semites and two anti-Semitic signs among the protesters. That’s it, out of a crowd of thousands. (Far be it from me to guess at the number of anti-Semites who might be at a Tea Party event, but they don’t define that movement either. Mass movements attract all kinds of people, some invariably unsavory.)

[video=youtube;NIlRQCPJcew]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIlRQCPJcew&feature=player_embedded[/video]
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In any case, the Emergency Committee for Israel is not concerned about anti-Semitism or Israel. It is, rather, dedicated to defeating Democrats and promoting its billionaire donors’ economic interests. During the 2010 congressional campaigns, it produced videos almost as deceitful as the Wall Street video that lied about Democratic candidates. It used Israel and Jews as devices to direct money and votes toward the Republicans. (See this profile.)

In attacking Occupy Wall Street, the Emergency Committee’s goal is simply to smear Democrats. If, in the process, it reinforces the stereotype that Jews and Wall Street are interchangeable, so what? How different is that from its usual practice of suggesting strongly that American Jews should vote only based on Israel’s supposed interests, not America’s? To put it not-so-mildly, the Emergency Committee for Israel does not care about fueling anti-Semitism in America.

Because that last video of a couple of anti-Semites may have left a bad taste in your mouth, here’s another one. It was shot at the Wall Street demonstration on Yom Kippur Eve and it features not a few anti-Semites but thousands of Jews celebrating the holiest day of the Jewish year, a day dedicated to the same ideals as Occupy Wall Street: repentance for putting our desires before the needs of the poor, the homeless, and the exploited.

In this video, Occupy Wall Street is repenting for greed. Wall Street itself is silent.

(video at top of post ... )


Exploiting anti-Semitism to destroy Occupy Wall Street | Opinion | Jewish Journal
 

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Occupiers occupy Tel Aviv:


Tel Aviv ^^^^ (not a sign, but struck me as funny anyway)

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Story on the Tel Aviv protest:


TA joins global 'October 15th' protests with low-key affair
By BEN HARTMAN
10/15/2011 22:09


Several hundred gather at Tel Aviv Museum plaza where opinions are voiced in "Hyde Park" speakers corner; protest held on Rothschild.


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Though it got off to a slow start, by Saturday evening several hundred people were milling around the plaza, checking out the information booths and art exhibits, including a collection of photos taken of in the tent cities of Tel Aviv and Holon since July 14, when the “J14 movement” for lower housing prices started.

The plaza also featured a “Hyde Park” speakers area where anyone could voice his opinions about global economics, capitalism or, presumably, the weather, as well as projector screens that were airing live footage from October 15 demonstrations around the world.

Across the plaza, dozens of carpets were laid out, and discussions were held on globalization, the role of banks in Israel’s social problems, the power of consumer boycotts, and “love, relationships and capitalism,” to name a few.

Tel Aviv lawyer Dor Nachman, 29, helped spread the word about the event and was making the rounds on Saturday as a spokesman for the Israeli branch of the global protest day.

When asked if the fact that the event, like the J14 movement, did not seem to speak with a unified voice, Nachman said, “There isn’t one voice because there are many voices. The one-voice idea is the problem with our politics; we want people to come and have voices heard that weren’t heard before.

“All of these events here in Israel and around the world are driven by the same concept: There are no leaders, and we are all the leaders.”

As for whether or activities such as Saturday night’s rally can count on large support or public interest in Israel when major news events like the imminent release of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Nachman said, “I don’t think people have stopped paying attention, [to social justice protests], but the problem in Israel is that people are always paying attention to one thing at a time. But there are many issues on the public agenda. Gilad Schalit is a subject very close to all of our hearts, I’m very happy he’s being released. But the protest is not over, the government knows the protest is not over. We don’t need to always just focus on one thing. We need to focus on the social issues just like the security issues.”

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