The following story of Occupy Wall Street being anti-Semitic is true—and by true, I mean false. It’s all lies. But they’re entertaining lies, and in the end, isn’t that the real truth? The answer is no.
To put it a different way: anyone can find isolated anti-Semites at these occupations. And, as Michelle Goldberg and I have both written, Occupy Wall Street’s constitutional inability to condemn anti-Semitism is a limitation, though it is no more able to condemn practically anything else.
But, look, it’s really not. If you don’t believe me, consult this handy list of statements from both the usual liberal suspects as well as the Anti-Defamation League and even the Emergency Committee for Israel’s Noah Pollak, all denying that the movement is fundamentally anti-Semitic. And consult, too, this Statement Against Smears signed by J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami, Eliot Spitzer, American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten, and others. “It’s an old, discredited tactic: find a couple of unrepresentative people in a large movement and then conflate the oddity with the cause. One black swan means that all swans are black,” they declare. “It is disingenuous to raise the canard about Jews and Wall Street in order to denounce it.” At this late date, for a Weekly Standard blogger to write, under a video of a couple of Jew-hating assholes who appeared at an occupation, “This is a protest aimed at bankers with a certain element who perversely want to blame the Jews for all of this country’s problems,” is incredibly irresponsible and dishonest. Just, stop.
Jewish Leaders Denounce Right-Wing Smears of Occupy Wall Street [Occupy Judaism]
Putting the ‘OWS Is Anti-Semitic’ Meme to Rest [Occupy Judaism]
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