Charges Of Occupy Wall Street Anti-Semitism Find Audience On The Right
One man shouts “Jews control Wall Street” and holds a sign that says “Hitler’s Bankers - Wall St.”
“Why are our leaders turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks?” the ad asks. “Tell President Obama and leader Pelosi to stand up to the mob. Hate is not an American value.”
The ad is put out by the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI), whose board members include neoconservative columnist Bill Kristol and ultra-conservative former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
The idea that OWS is anti-Semitic has found an audience in some parts of the right. Rush Limbaugh argued that the terms “Wall Street” and “bankers” are just “anti-Semitic code” for Jews. (Project much Rush?)
Glenn Beck’s The Blaze wrote that “each day of the Occupy Wall Street protests seems to come with its fair share of anti-Semitism.”
“The Jew-hatred among protesters and sympathizers is diverse and unapologetic. It is, in fact, atmospheric,” Abe Greenwald wrote for for Commentary last week. He adds: “Where the Tea Party couldn’t be tagged as racist no matter how hard liberals tried, Occupy Wall Street protesters are literally boasting of their Nazi credentials.”