Occupy Wall Street Anti-Semitism
October 17, 2011 43 Comments
There has been much discussion of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party — relatively little of how they are relatively covered in the mainstream media.
To its credit, the New York Times covered the disgust of local residents and businesses with the protesters:
In a widely distributed pamphlet, “Welcome to Liberty Plaza: Home of Occupy Wall Street,” participants were instructed where to find relief. “After you’ve dined,” it reads, “feel free to refresh yourself in the restrooms of neighboring businesses like Burger King and McDonald’s without feeling obligated to buy anything.”
But Occupy Wall Street has been treated by the mainstream media, by and large, sympathetically, even lovingly, as some sort of authentic expression of anger (and without corresponding reference to the fact that they’re all white). And totally absent from the coverage — conspicuously unlike the coverage of the Tea Party — is any reference to its darker side. The Tea Party was instantly reviled by “objective journalists” as “racist” from the beginning — and in some cases slanderously so. The Left, in fact, abetted by the mainstream media, sought to portray the Tea Party as “racist” by resort to Saul Alinsky-style fraud tactics.
You don’t get the dark anti-Semitic side of Occupy Wall Street from the mainstream media. You have to go, so sadly, to the Israeli media. It wouldn’t do to talk about left-wing racists in the easy, breezy manner they talk about right-wing racists. Racism, don’t you know, is a right-wing pathology. And entire decent people can be tarred with the horrible epithet of “racist,” willy-nilly, simply because they’re conservative and oppose the policies of President Obama. But left-wing people can be virulently anti-Semitic — and let’s put that over here.
A YouTube video making the rounds over the weekend showed one such activist holding up a sign that read “Hitler’s Bankers – Wall St” and shouting, “The Jews control Wall Street!”
The few who dared to heckle the man were told to “go to Israel.”
When a liberal blogger in the crowd questioned if the man was planted by the hated right-wing Fox News, the man replied forcefully, “A f*cking Jew made that up,” before resuming his chant of “Freedom of speech, freedom of speech.”
In Los Angeles, California, protestor 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.
Back in New York, another protestor insisted that “a small ethnic group constitutes almost all of the hedge fund managers and bankers on Wall St. They are all Jewish. There is a conspiracy in this country where Jews control the media, finances… They have pooled their money together in order to take control of America.”
Um, where is the outrage? I mean it with a measure of outrage myself. Why was it so easy to tar the Tea Party with “racism” (unfairly) and spare the left pissers of OWS any accountability for, well, anything, including violence, pissing on everything, and blatant and ugly anti-Semitism?
Yes, tell me that the anti-Semitic bullsh*t from the people pissing on everything in Wall Street was an unrepresentative fringe. I might even buy that, if the Left would meet me half way and acknowledge that the Tea Party is not racist, and that racists and anti-Semites in America have no credibility among conservatives or liberals. Then we’d be getting somewhere meaningful.