November 5, 2011

A Word about Occupy Wall Street

Just discovered on a blog,, that after learning the latest "humanitarian" flotilla to Gaza was stopped (carrying no humanitarian aid, by the way) a contingent from the Occupy Boston protest camp,  engaged in a brief sit-in at the building where the Israeli consulate is in Boston.  They shouted chants such as:  "Hey hey, Ho ho! Israeli apartheid's got to go!" and "Long live the intifada! Intifada intifada!" and "Viva viva Palestina!"

Of course, what this has to do with Wall Street screwing Americans is too complex a subject for my simple mind.

Anyway, here is video:

The reason why I offer this here are the cautionary words of commentary by the blogger, Ira Stoll, though I do not know him or the blog otherwise.  I almost always care more about the substance of what is presented than the source, which is just another means to weigh credibility.

Here is what he said:
I can already hear the Occupy Boston people saying the small splinter group that went to the Israeli consulate building doesn't represent all of Occupy Boston, and the Occupy Wall Street people saying that Occupy Boston doesn't represent all of the Occupy movement, and the anti-Israel protesters saying they aren't anti-Semites, they are just anti-Zionist or critical of the policies of the current Israeli government. And some of the rest of them saying that the anti-Israel protesters don't represent all of Occupy any more than Patrick Buchanan represents the entire Republican Party. But at a certain point, one has to wonder why these people are protesting Israel and not some far more abusive government like that of China, Iran, or Syria. I can already hear them saying that America doesn't give billions a year in aid to China, Iran, or Syria.
Still, the whole event illustrates the way the Occupy movement has become a forum for people to air whatever pre-existing grievance or agenda they have, even if it has nothing to do with Wall Street. And how readily a protest against bankers can elide into one against the Jewish state.
 To me this is food for thought.


  1. It seems to me that the question your post raises is just why is it that the progressive movement has betrayed the Jewish people?

    That's the way that I would put it.



  2. I guess I still believe there is space for redemption and open minds, but it's important to shine light on the matter.