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Pro-Israel Group Tries to Smear the Protesters

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Posted on Oct 19, 2011
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Two young Jewish men in the crowd at Liberty Plaza.

NEW YORK—A right-wing, pro-Israel group called the Emergency Committee for Israel has released a commercial that portrays the ongoing protests against the cozy relationship between government and corporations as anti-Semitic.

The ad begins with a voice-over claiming that some political leaders are sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street, followed by sound bites in which Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, President Obama and commentator Eliot Spitzer make statements in support of protesters.

Viewers are then asked to consider what the protests are really about and shown clips in which supposed protesters connect Jews to the media and the financial industry and berate an elderly man wearing a yarmulke. Then the voice-over asks: “Why are our leaders turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks? Tell President Obama and ... Pelosi to stand up to the mob. Hate is not an American value.”

As the OWS movement becomes a threat to entrenched power, smear campaigns against it are sure to come from the political and media establishment. Fortunately, there are reporters at Liberty Plaza who can see through such efforts. As one of them, I can tell you that I have not witnessed any acts of anti-Semitism and that there is even a growing Jewish presence inside the park.

All of the Jews I have met at Liberty have seemed comfortable among the protesters. Men wearing full beards with their hair in side curls have talked freely with just about every kind of person in the park and one group has even erected a sukkah—a temporary hut in which Jews pray to celebrate the festival of Sukkot. The only heated conversation I heard between Jews and non-Jews was on the subject of whether children should be raised with religious instruction—a topic that struck me as appropriate and necessary for a group of people that have gathered to talk about the kind of world they want for themselves.

Social tension is to be expected in the microcosm of society that protesters have created at Liberty Plaza. While the gathering may not perfectly replicate the social relationships of American society at large, its members are inevitably drawn from the public, and they bring with them a fair measure of its diversity of values, customs and beliefs, including, without a doubt, some ugly ones. —Alexander Reed Kelly

 

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Truthdig reporter Alexander Kelly has been reporting on Occupy Wall Street from Liberty Plaza. For more, visit truthdig.com/dig/occupy_wall_street

 

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By OzarkMichael, October 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

heterochromatic, you havent been here very long. You dont how things work here yet.

Truthdig articles and the Lefties constantly and repeatly all stick Tea Party with the label “racist”.

The OWS antisemitism is at a much higher level than Tea Party racism.


This is why we really need to hold the Lefties to their own standard of evidence, in other words, all it takes is ‘some’ and that allows us to ascribe that ‘some’ as the hidden motivation of the entire movement.

Therefore the OWS really deserves to be called antisemitic, by their own standards of… “if we can catch one bad sign or a few bad actors in your group we will hang the entire movement with it”, which they did pretty successfully.

Maybe Lefties will learn a lesson from all this. Unlikely? Yes but worth a try imho.

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By Talkmaster, October 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

my comments deals with another clip.

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By Miko, October 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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“The only heated conversation I heard between Jews
and non-Jews was on the subject of whether children
should be raised with religious instruction—a topic
that struck me as appropriate and necessary for a
group of people that have gathered to talk about the
kind of world they want for themselves.”

Not really.  This is the kind of conversation that is
appropriate for conquerors debating what kind of
world they want for other people.  For those of us
who realize that each of us has a right to decide
what kind of world we want for ourselves, the clear
answer is that no other person has the right to force
their views about this on us.

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By heterochromatic, October 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

muman613, (

——Indeed the OWS movement is antisemitic.——-

not really.  beyond the contingent of fools who are so disgusted by the israelis
that they refuse to admit the Palestinians have been at least as f’ed-up, there’s
probably less anti-Semitism in OWS than is average in the US.

some of the signs and other crap are a concern, not cause for damning the whole
movement.

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By Talkmaster, October 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

I just checked her channel. I was right. She is one of this Robert Spencer followers
and Islam Bashers Islamophobes. Ideologues behind the Breivic, the norwegian
Murderer . So racism against jews is wrong. Racism against Blacks is probably
wrong as long as they do not want to become President. Racism against Arabs is
ok as Hollywood teaches us. She is one of this sharia law potatoes. And
cheerleaders in Operation cast lead or Operation Summer Rain.
This and other comments to her were deleted. An i m blogged now. So this is
freedom of speech in the US. Israel uses this vigilance commitee more often this
days.

What has the Poster from Gaza to do with this other anti semites in the clip. This is
not coincidental.

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By Robert M., October 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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I’ll believe OWS ISN’T Anti-Semitic when they perform one simple task: State as a group that you stand with and support Israel.

Until your movement does that, I have no assurances of your pro/anti Semitic slant.

If you guys want support you need to enumerate your exact platform and then pledge/promise not to ever compromise those views/demands/principals.
Then you’ll be able to begin the highly expensive, work intensive multi-year process of raising and electing candidates on a local and national level who can further your platform.

I’m giving you this advice as a Tea Partier from the start, and I’ve given over 2 years of hard work which has taken us from “Who are these guys?” to having a Congressional Caucus with dozens of members in just 2 years.

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By heterochromatic, October 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

PatH—-that’s what I think also and there’s a lot more irresponsible money that
Wall Street makes from Saudi Arabia’s $200billion in export than there is in the
$50billion from Israel.

there isn’t that much money to be made from the billions donated to Israel (and
the Palestinains) but there’s plenty to be made from selling the Saudis $100billion
in weapons.

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By PatrickHenry, October 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

heterochromatic,

Any policy which maximizes profit without social responsibility on behalf of their shareholders and corresponding fee.

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By heterochromatic, October 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

PatH—which foreign policies are the Wall Street firms advocating?

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By unregistered EXPAT whose name was reserved by one , October 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t mean to be facetious and sound like an i-pad ap but…

is ben bernanke in fact a jew?

greenspan before him?

media?

is wolf blitzer a jew?

anderson cooper?

and on and on and on.

You really want me to start with wall street and banksters?  Most people might not even recognize the names but I mean facts are facts…

be it industry, media, hollywood, banksterism, government, for being only 2% of the population they sure manage at being overrepresented everywhere else. Who can deny?

Do you know that in France it’s even illegal to mention the percentage of members of parliament who are jews, it’s the equivalent of a felony? So know my comment is gonna be censored in a US medium because I ask a valid question?

I mean where is the Liberty to freely discuss these facts, or must we now, in orwelian fashion, forgot the Bill of Rights and ignore facts to accommodate a small group?

Is that what the US Constitution is all about?

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By PatrickHenry, October 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment

I can see why the ADL and other JDL agencies would try to foment bad press about OWS.  Any successes by OWS would negate many of the advantages a minority of the more sucessful Jewish investors share with their banking counterparts.

The 99% share another statistic ignored by the media, they represent many in American society who are not Jewish and do not share the same kinsmanship to Israel and the foreign policy which ensues.

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By rumblingspire, October 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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muman613

this not at all the same kind of movement that led to Nazism.  Nazism began with a determined group of central leaders and incited their members to vicious deeds and put them in uniforms and advocated themselves superior.

if i state that Israel does not have inherent rights to exist does not mean i am antisemitic, it only means that i recognize that they pushed people off and stole that land.

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By ceti, October 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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By going nuclear with the smears already, these folks are running scared. It might
also be part of their own internalized anti-semitism. They immediately link
criticism of the bankers to criticism of Judaism which is dangerous itself and
creates anti-semitism in the long run because it actually works to validate those
conspiracy theories.

In fact, by deploying pro-Israel politics in the service of defending Wall Street and
smearing its critics, they are in fact hurting Israel. It’s the same when they link
their politics to every reactionary platform. While this might help them win
powerful allies and also reflect their true ultra-right mentality, it doesn’t put them
in league with the vast majority of people who believe in justice and peace.

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By squeaky, October 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment
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Anti semitism aside. Maybe protesting needs to come into the 21st century. Drop the signs, and go on the computer. A million people on a computer working over Goldman Sachs database will have more of an impact. It hits them where it hurts, and it is all done peacefully.

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By heterochromatic, October 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

Screw the Emergency Committee for israel and screw Jennifer Rubin as well,

but nobody should be “comfortable” with shift like this, Kelly.


http://www.israeltoday.co.il/Portals/0/111016_wallstjews.jpg

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/12/wall-street-protester-proclaims-the-jews-control-wall-st-in-zuccotti-park-rant/

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By karim, October 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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what has the poster “ Gaza supports OKW” to do with the other anti-semite
comments in the clip. Why they try to make a connection.

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By muman613, October 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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Indeed the OWS movement is antisemitic. The fact that many of the protesters in NY blame the Jewish bankers for their problems is a very telling indicator. And yes, there are protesters carrying signs which say “Hitlers Bankers” and “Jewish Bankers” and “Rothschild” which obviously are intended to be antisemitic.

This is the same kind of movement which led to the rise of Nazism in Germany. Take a good look… There are many examples of antisemitic ideology flowing in OWS…

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By gerard, October 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

These marginal, radical, tempestuous Jews are a small-minded bunch who will make a public display any time an ecumenical majority goes public. They’ve been doing it for years, and are stuck in the past, literally. Also pretty screamy, often appearing to be more or less unhinged. They seem to love noisy confrontation—probably for its publicity value.

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By diamond, October 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

Oh, of course. Anything that Likud doesn’t agree with is anti-Semitic. By now, I think everyone knows that. The hatred that Likud has for the left conforms to the description of those who set up the House UnAmerican Activities by Charles A. Reich in ‘The Greening of America’:

In Reich’s version of the fanatical counterattack on FDR’s New Deal, the leaders of the attack, attacked both FDR and the New Deal ‘with a hatred so intense and personal as to defy analysis’. What makes it even more incredible and baffling is that the New Deal ‘saved’ American capitalism and allowed it to go on existing, after the Ponzi schemes in the banking system had brought it to its knees. These attackers were, of course, driven by the beliefs John Perkins also describes in ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’, the New Deal ‘intruded irrevocably upon their make-believe, problem-free world in which the pursuit of business gain and self-interest was imagined to be automatically beneficial to all of mankind…’.

Israel has had similar protests itself: were the people in them also ‘anti-Semitic’?

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By Inherit The Wind, October 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

While there has been issues of anti-Semitism in Los Angeles, there is no evidence I am aware of, of it in New York.  Besides, NYC would be a damned stupid place to raise the nazi-like flag.
Nor have I seen indications of an anti-Israel sentiment in the NYC OWS.  Could this be anything more than another desperate attempt to discredit OWS?

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By talkmaster, October 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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Oh Oh. The protesters had to bring israeli flags with them. Even OWS has nothing
to do with the ME.Like the tea baggers did. This is the Z-Doctrine. Either you stand
with israel or stand against it. Now you must send quickly an OWS delegation to a
settler village to prove you slodarity with Israel. Otherwise you are finished. Mark
my words.

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By ULYANOV, October 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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This bogus ad has obviously been orchestrated by the banks, corporations and others on the extreme right, to try and draw attention away from their crimes against the American people and to smear the OWS movement with anti-semitism.

They’re probably the same people who cooked up the
Iranian-Mexican Cartel Caper that the morons in Washington are going to use to justify a war with Iran.

    “If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction”
-Arthur Koestler_-

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By weindeb, October 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment
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I suppose such malevolent nonsense as this is to be expected. As a Jew myself,
semi-practicing, and, horror-of-horrors, a progressive one, I have experienced
neither through sight nor sound a scintilla of anti-Semitism, not on the October
5th march, not during the several times I have visited Liberty Plaza. I have indeed
heard of an episode here and there, which amounted to nothing. And now we have
these apparently religious twerps (shades of James O’keefe) demonstrating their
commitment to ethical monotheism; well, at least maybe the second part. Gee, one
would think they’d appreciate, religiously, that is, all this camping out under the
stars and the street lights and the clouds and all during this Sukkot season of
harvest time and the outdoor life.

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