Conservative Group Condemns Perceived Anti-Semitism By ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters

However, Surveys And CBS 2 Find Plenty From Many Religious Backgrounds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Is the “Occupy Wall Street” movement anti-Semitic?

Signs indicating that have surfaced. Yet when CBS 2’s Tony Aiello surveyed the situation Tuesday he found conflicting signs of both anti-Semitism and Jewish support.

In the half-acre park occupied by the protestors you had to look close, but it’s there – the words “Israel evil,” literature calling the establishment of Israel “a profound injustice,” and an invitation to a massive pro-Palestine march planned for next year.

And then there was an “Occupy Wall Street” supporter who wouldn’t give his name, but claimed to teach at the City University of New York.

“Oh, let’s call it Israeli influence over Wall Street because they’re working on behalf of Israel!” the supporter said.

Last week it was even more blatant, as a viral YouTube video showed.

“There is a conspiracy in this country in which Jews control the media, finances,” a protester said.

The signs and words from the demonstrations have alarmed a conservative group — the “Emergency Committee for Israel,” which released a Web ad calling on politicians to condemn perceived anti-Semitism.

“What is happening at the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests?” one person said in the ad.

“Jews control Wall Street!” another is heard saying.

“You’re a bum, Jew,” added another.

The ad fires back, saying, “Hate is not an American value.”

But Jews who’ve joined the occupiers scoff at claims of anti-Semitism.

“My 65-year-old mother has been coming in from New Jersey to be with us here. She’s going through foreclosure and bankruptcy. She’s not a crazy anti-Semite; she grew up in a Hasidic household,” protester Dan Sieradski said.

Last week the web paper “The Daily” did a random survey of a cross-section of protesters at Zuccotti Park, and found more identified themselves as “Jewish” than as “Christian.”

Protesters said the movement reveres free speech, even speech that some might find offensive.

“I seen one guy with one big sign, walking around. Everybody was complaining about him!” protester Marvin Knight said.

On Tuesday that protestor was gone, but a ritual hut for the Jewish holiday Sukkot was there, along with young Jews who said they felt welcome.

The protesters were asked to join a series of events on Tuesday, including a march on the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and a “peace brigade” protest at Lincoln Center.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below?

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  • Moshe

    The American Nazi Party and David Duke former KKK leader are endorising Occupied Wall St.

  • NEIL


  • Chris Ar

    Good lord, just when you think the media’s leftist bias cannot get any more distasteful, along comes crap like this.

  • Sycodon


    These reporters are showing themselves to be dumber than I originally thought. And that takes some doing.

  • lieutenantdan

    “There is a conspiracy in this country in which Jews control the media, finances,” a protester said.
    What I am seeing is that in the media today feminist are controlling the media.
    Many feminist are in positions of control for example producers of the news channels and newscasters. In fact I see that the media caters toward women
    in the programing. LAW and Order is on almost 24 hours a day and 99% of the episodes are about hatred toward men which is called Misandry.
    The funny thing about power is that
    absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    Seems as if everyone places their own agenda in front of the good for all.
    I speculate that this could be viewed as being part of human nature.

  • A "going postal" worker

    I would not be totally surprised if there are some anti-semites among the protestors . . . just as there are racists within the Tea Party movement, including all of the birthers, and scumbags in congress (YOU LIE, TAR BABY – things they would NEVER have said to Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter).

    I am against anti-Semitism. Period!

    That being said, I am also deeply bothered that some always bring up anti-semitism to stifle any dissent, or disagreement – particularly when Israel does things to undermine the USA and itself (USS LIberty, destroying Palestinian homes to build “exclusively Jewish” housing on disputed territory) . . .Israel is the only country in the world that could run over a young, unarmed, White American female with a bulldozer, and NO ONE HERE SAYS A WORD. What the hell is up with that? Why is Israel always above criticism? If this is the gist of some of the occupy Wall St complaint, then let them be heard!

    • richie

      Difference is, the main stream media is not reporting the OWS racists, as they as they did the alleged tea party racism. The NY Slimes, I mean Times, hasn’t printed one word on this issue.

  • newt

    Divide & conquer

  • Fluffles

    Israel is itself anti-Semitic, because it is undermining Jewish people worldwide.

    • sbenton

      Can you be any more ignorant? To be liberal is to be anti-Semite.What does the phrase “neocon” mean, other than to slam people who support Israel? What do you think the 1% is supposed to represent? The protest will end up being like a Klan rally, except for Jews. This idiot reporter is trying to cover up the Jew hate core of this protest.

  • Concerned mench

    The truth is, the geuish element cannot not use the stimulis money not to have an audi, or not to have a mansion in the burbs without shabatgoym paying it off for them, how elese can the not impress the girl?
    america iis a toilet bowl to these people, they are not your friends,,, wake up…already

  • huh?

    If this people want their little party at the park to last they should stop saying the J word. The J crew runs NYC and the park they are in so no J word guys.

    • J Jackson says...

      So when people in other parts of the country, oh, for that part, the world call us J York City, or , as Jesse Jackson had once said” Hiamee Town”, then that’s all true …right?

  • joe

    Obamas Whacky Socialist movement (aka OWS) is comprised of many different types of people who make up Obamas base such as Criminals, Druggies, Potheads, Drug Dealers, Former Hippies, Kids, Homeless, Anti Semites etc….

    Barrack “President Downgrade” Obama=ONE AND DONE

  • baruch

    Nice try CBS using this as a tactic to smear the movement!! Not gonna work! And FYI, conservatives support OWS!!!

  • Lauren

    You will get the crazy wing nut at any protest but they do not speak to what the movement is about. You fail to mention in the article that when anti-Semitic people show up at Occupy Wall St, protesters surround these wing nuts with signs condemning their messages of hate. The fact remains that Jewish people are occupying with the rest of the movement and have set up a Sukkah because they ARE welcome. Regardless of faith, we are all part of the 99%.

    • Sycodon

      98% of us wish the 2% nut jobs would stop pretending to speak for us.

    • Pplrfunny

      Probably one of the few comments on here that was clear, concise and actually made sense. Protests always attract some nuts, but the majority of people are down there for the right reasons and that’s NOT to spread hate. Sadly, its the nutcases that detract and undermine what the Occupiers are trying to do..

  • suri cruise

    This really looks like an attempt to “demonize” the OWS movement & people. It is a pathetic shame that the media would latch onto this and imply the entire movement is anti-semitic.

    I am sure there are some anti-semites in the group, but to try and implicate the whole group is extremely weak.

    The media has been trying to hurt this group from the start. I am sure it comes from the BIG BOYS in the executive seats who have much to lose.

    The only thing sadder than this attempt is if people truly buy into the whole anti-semitism thing.

  • josh greenfield

    Sounds like Jew haters have responded. How obvious is the first person? Pretending to be a Jew then says those things. You would make Hitler proud.

    Anyone with common sense would condemn all the hate down there instead of making excuses for it.

    • Keltish gelt

      Gelt gelt gelt “says Shlomo Geltschlepper on his way to the bank” all support Isreal the rest die

    • notta jew


  • Gerald Waldman

    I’m sure there are a few anti-Semites among the OWS protesters, just as there are some anti-Semites in almost every group, neighborhood, workplace, etc
    @ QuensWatcher — No, you don’t have to be an anti-Semite to disagree with the existence of Israel and/or the policies of it’s government, but it just seems that ALL anti-Semites are against Israel. That makes it easy to suspect that someone against Israel is, in fact, an anti-Semite. Being Jewish does NOT mean you can’t be an Anti-Semite, too.

  • QueensWatcher

    Most of my family members are Jewish and have been down to the protests several times. We have never encountered anything that could fairly be labeled as anti-semitic. An important distinction needs to be recognized: just because someone speaks out against the STATE of Israel and its policies does not mean that they are anti-semitic at all. We have a bad habit in this Country of mixing the two thoughts together. If you do not support the State of Israel, or even if you support it but nevertheless are not happy with some of its policies, you should not be branded as anti-semitic. This is an attempt to try and discredit a group of people who are trying earnestly to effect social change — to make this a better more equitable society — and the conservatives are going to pull out every ad hominem attack they can come up with.

    • Michael Santomauro

      Most of us are mentally trapped to think Jewish. Actually, it is safe to say that virtually every mainstream publication or or other type of media organ is “nothing more than a screen to present chosen views.” The great battle over the last century has been a battle for the mind of the Western peoples, i.e., non-Jewish Euros. The chosen won it by acquiring control over essentially the complete mainstream news, information, education and entertainment media of every type, and using that control to infuse and disseminate their message, agenda and worldview, their way of thinking, or rather the way they want us to think. Since at least the 1960s this campaign has been effectively complete. Since then they have shaped and controlled the minds of all but a seeming few of us in varying degree with almost no opposition or competition from any alternative worldview. So now most of us are mentally trapped in the box the chosen have made for us, which we have lived in all our lives. Only a few have managed to avoid it or escape it, or to even sometimes see outside of it, and so actually “think outside of the (Jewish) box.”

      What happened to Oliver Stone is a good case study. The Wall Street Journal reported that Stone said that “public opinion was focused on the Holocaust because of ‘Jewish domination of the media.’” Stone also said that the Jews “stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f—– up United States foreign policy for years.”

      Like so many others before him, Stone groveled: “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry.”

      The late Joe Sobran had this to say about Jewish power:

      “Jewish control of the major media in the media age makes the enforced silence both paradoxical and paralyzing. Survival in public life requires that you know all about it, but never refer to it. A hypocritical etiquette forces us to pretend that the Jews are powerless victims; and if you don’t respect their victimhood, they’ll destroy you. It’s a phenomenal display not of wickedness, really, but of fierce ethnocentrism, a sort of furtive racial superpatriotism.”

      In 1996, reprinted in the May 27th issue of the New York Times, by Ari Shavit, an Israeli columnist describing his feelings on the killings of a hundred civilians in a military skirmish in southern Lebanon. Shavit wrote:

      “We killed them out of a certain naive hubris. Believing with absolute certitude that now, with the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much as our own.”

      Michael Santomauro

  • Jay

    Out of all the angles to address the protests, this is the one you choose to take? I watch your news cast almost everyday and while you haven’t said much to explain or examine the occupy wall street protests, you bring up this issues with little to no facts to back it up. Its an unnecessary distraction to the conversation we should all be having. I think you just lost a viewer.

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