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Prominent Jews Defend Ows From Anti-Semitism Claims
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A group of liberal Jewish activists, former politicians and union leaders released a statement denouncing opponents of Occupy Wall Street for accusing the movement of anti-Semitism.

“We are publicly engaged American Jews who support both Israel and the ideas behind Occupy Wall Street, and who also strongly oppose right-wing attempts to smear that movement with false charges of anti-Semitism,” the statement said.

The 15 signatories to the statement  include prominent Jewish liberals such as former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer; former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin; former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, a New York Democrat; J Street's president, Jeremy Ben-Ami; and union leaders such as Stuart Appelbaum, president of both the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and the Jewish Labor Committee; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; and Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union.

While many Jews have expressed support for the Occupy Wall Street movement -- with some activists organizing Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah observances at protest sites across the country -- some conservatives have pointed to a few highly publicized instances of openly anti-Semitic rhetoric by some protesters as discrediting the movement.

The statement singled out for criticism the Emergency Committee for Israel, which produced a video highlighting several instances of anti-Semitism, and criticizing President Obama and leading Democrats for expressing sympathy for Occupy Wall Street. It also praised the Anti-Defamation League for saying that it did not believe that the instances of anti-Semitism were “representative of the larger views of the Occupy Wall Street movement.” The ADL had called on Occupy Wall Street participants and supporters to condemn expressions of anti-Semitism from within their ranks.

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11/03/2011 - 07:31
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Q. What do the Nation Of Islam, Radical Islamists, The Klu Klux Klan and The Far Left all have in common?

A. Virulent Anti-Semitism

I first discovered this to be true while working on a National Drug Abuse Helpline.

This was in the 1990′s around the time of Rodney King, the OJ Simpson Trial, and the Million Man March.

Many of my black co-workers were getting very involved with Million Man March and were listening speeches of the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.

Some of his Anti-Semitic beliefs got repeated in the work place setting during some informal discussions. Specifically, I recall hearing about how the Jews control the media and the economy.

I was struck by these remarks, first of all because they came from blacks who were always attributing everything that happened to them in life to racism, and secondly they were identical to remarks I had heard coming from the mouths of White Supremacists.

It was as if they were both reading from the same script. I mentioned this to my co-workers and not too long afterwards, we were all being sent by our employer to Howard University for a weekend of diversity training.

During this diversity training it became abundantly clear to me that in addition to being virulent Anti-Semites black people are often extremely homophobic as well, and generally dislike white people regardless of weather they are liberals or not.

I would like to thank Howard University for opening my eyes to this stunning hypocrisy

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