USA: Jews are targeted for the economic woes of society

EDITORIAL COMMENT

“The point of Occupy Wall Street is to scapegoat fellow Americans. And wherever political scapegoating takes place, antisemitism is sure to follow.”

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OCTOBER 18, 2011 – As much as many people are downplaying the influence of the current Occupy Wall Street demonstration, one appalling fact has emerged. Jews have once again been targeted as the perpetrators of the economic woes of society. In the USA, it has now become acceptable to be openly blatant about one’s views that Jews are the scumbags of the earth.

Here’s what Abe Greenwald in Commentary had to say about the demonstration:

A quick sampling of the antisemitism on display among the Occupy Wall Street set yields the flamboyant and aggressive protester who yells,“You’re a bum, Jew” at his yarmulke-wearing interlocutor; the conspiracy theorist who laments that “Jewish money controls American politics,” and warns the Russians not to let the Jews take over Russia too; and the self-described Nazi with the swastika tattoo who regrets that America has been handed over to “other people.” Ah, people power.

The Jew-hatred among protesters and sympathizers is diverse and unapologetic. It is, in fact, atmospheric. Tune in randomly to live television coverage of the spectacle and you’ll see—as I did—placards scapegoating Israel, Zionism, or “Hitler’s bankers.” Check out the continuous flurry of protest-supporting tweets and blog posts, and you’ll get more of the same.

Greenwald adds:

“We will see a lot more antisemitism as this toxic swarm grows.”

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Antisemitism is the preferred medium of the pitchfork crowd. And today as the Manhattan mob heads uptown to protest at the homes of American business leaders (for their “willingness to hoard wealth at the expense of the 99 percent”) there can be little doubt that that’s whom we’re dealing with.

Outside of immigrant-rich America, class warfare is often synonymous with ethnic prejudice itself. The Jews or the Gypsies or the Southeast Asians simply constitute the class to be held accountable. Class warfare is the pointed finger as economic philosophy. It eats away at the national project, lays waste to the self-reliant citizen, and disguises prejudice as justice. Liberal pundits and leftist intellectuals are at pains to impose upon the protesters a thoughtfulness that just doesn’t exist. In the New York Times, Todd Gitlin wrote, “This new protest style is more Rousseau than Marx.” But in truth there is no new protest style. What we’re witnessing is dumb, ugly, dangerous, and very old. And we will see a lot more antisemitism as this toxic swarm grows.

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