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Occupy Wall Street is anti-Semitic
(if we rely on media standards which dub Tea Party racist)

If our friends in the mainstream media (and their allies in the Democratic Party and on left-wing blogs) discover one or two fringe extremists hoisting a racist sign or making juvenile references to a Congressman’s sexuality at a Tea Party rally, they highlight these as evidence of the racism and anti-gay bigotry in the grassroots political movement.  In the highest of dudgeon, Democrats demand that Republicans “differentiate themselves” from such extremists.

But, if you see similarly hateful posters or hear angry bigoted slogans shouted at a left-wing protest, well, then you have to turn to conservative blogs for coverage.  And yesterday the Washington Examiner covered just such prejudiced signage:

Philip Klein provides an instructive example of how one particular Democrat reacted to the handful of hateful symbols at Tea Parties:

The problem that Democrats and their liberal allies have is that they portrayed Tea Partiers as racists by pointing out random signs and isolated offensive statements from protesters. Then House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., infamously dismissed those who were opposing national health care legislation in townhall meetings as people carrying “swastikas.”

What Pelosi and other Democrats did by making such statements was to open themselves up to attacks along the lines of this new ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel, which highlights examples of anti-Semitism at the Occupy Wall St. protests and implores Democrats to condemn them. Based on the standards Democrats held the Tea Party to, this is fair game. Of course, a more positive development would be for both sides to acknowledge that any large protest movement without a clear organization runs the risk of attracting some bigots and fringe characters.

Implores Democrats to condemn such signs?  Hmmm . . . Barney, you’ve got some differentiating to do.

Sonicfrog has more on those folks who would garner some mainstream coverage if they were hoisting similar signs at Democratic rallies.

RELATED: Liberal Icon Frances Fox Piven Rebuked By College Crowd For Calling Tea Party Racist… NIce to see a college crowd booing a liberal attempting to smear conservatives. (H/t: a formerly left-leaning lesbian.)  The times, they are, a-changin’.

ALSO RELATED: A Tale of Two Protests: Media Cheer Wall Street Occupiers But Jeered Tea Partiers

AND THIS (via Glenn Reynolds):  Tea party fuels rise of Herman Cain. So how can it be racist?

UPDATE:  Instapundit cites a report of More Anti-Semitism At Occupy Los Angeles.



  1. A former friend of mine — a big Leftist — actually told me that “the Jews” knew 9-11 was going to happen and all stayed home that day (???!!!). I guess the ones who died in those attacks didn’t get the memo.

    I told her that it had to take special talent to be that vile and stupid at the same time. Though I have a lot of liberal friends, she was just too much for me.

    Comment by Lori Heine — October 14, 2011 @ 6:12 am - October 14, 2011

  2. I told her that it had to take special talent to be that vile and stupid at the same time.


    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 14, 2011 @ 11:07 am - October 14, 2011

  3. So, once more… if you take the leftists’ socialism… their appeals to nation-as-family (“we’re all one community”, “it’s patriotic to pay taxes”, “patriotic Americans will wait in line for medical treatments”, etc.)… their anti-Semitism… and their authoritarianism (“it’s time for Obama to suspend the Constitution to put down Congressional rebellion”, etc.)… how are they different from fascists?

    Don’t say racism because they are racist, too. It’s just that their racism runs in an anti-white direction. Perhaps you could still say they are anti-military.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 14, 2011 @ 11:12 am - October 14, 2011

  4. It isn’t just a few crackpots engaging in anti-Semitism incidents at the Occupy Wall Street protests. Apparently, the main organizer behind the movement – Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn – has a history of anti-Jewish writing.

    Organizer Behind “Occupy Wall Street” Has History of Anti-Jewish Writing

    Comment by TGC — October 14, 2011 @ 1:54 pm - October 14, 2011

  5. Were there any anti-semitic signs at tea party protests? If not, then Ms. Pelosi’s “swastika” remark would be better suited to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    Comment by Naamloos — October 14, 2011 @ 8:43 pm - October 14, 2011

  6. Naw Naamloos,
    Marxism better fits what OWS is pushing. They are somewhat different than the socialists behind the coruption of the Swastika.

    Comment by JP — October 14, 2011 @ 9:34 pm - October 14, 2011

  7. I was referring to the anti-semitism in the OWS movement. While Marxism better fits the OWS movement, Nazism better fits the OWS movement than it does the tea party movement.

    Comment by Naamloos — October 14, 2011 @ 10:23 pm - October 14, 2011

  8. While Marxism [best] fits the OWS movement, Nazism better fits the OWS movement than it does the tea party movement.

    “Great minds think alike.” I just touched on that in my comments starting at #32 here:

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 15, 2011 @ 2:23 am - October 15, 2011

  9. This from Eric Hoffer back in 1968:

    By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)

    The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

    Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and
    Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese–and no one says a word about refugees.

    But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every
    single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
    Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

    Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser
    triumphed last June, he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.
    No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him.

    The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

    The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts and Jewish resources.

    Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general. I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel, so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us.

    Every demagogue “blames the joooos” in quick order. Obambi’s Chicago crowd has been “jooooo” baiters since forever. What is alway a puzzle to me is why so many high dollar Jews finance these people. That would include, of course, George Soros.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 15, 2011 @ 2:25 pm - October 15, 2011

  10. It’s official – and I say, pretty darn logical (see comment #3): American Nazis heart OWS.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 16, 2011 @ 3:37 am - October 16, 2011

  11. I was re-reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel (along with his other novels, “Dawn” and “Day”), and he makes a great point:

    For 2,000 years, Jews have been the victims of various regimes, yet when they finally turn around and assert themselves, all of a sudden they become “oppressors” or (get this) “terrorists.”

    He put it succinctly: as Jews, we need to quit the “victimization” mode and become more pro-active. I wholeheartedly agree.

    It’s akin to being a Republican – we are constantly abused and denigrated in the MSM/DNC and in pop culture, yet when we finally assert ourselves, we’re being “thugs” or “reactionaries.”

    You can’t please everyone, so make at least one person happy and please yourself. That’s my credo.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 16, 2011 @ 10:33 am - October 16, 2011

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