Many of you probably know this, but....
TONS of Jews and Jewish organizations, rabbis, journalists, Jewish politicians etc. are stepping up to defend, endorse, and participate in OWS across the country. The charge will not stick.
I've spoken with journalists for Jewish publications (including from Israel) and they are talking to many others, Jews participating in this movement.
And not just out there, more pro-Palestinian than the Palestinians types either. I mean more or less mainstreamers, like the Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish Funds for Justice, Brad Lander (councilmember from Brooklyn), the head of RWDSU, and so on. The grassroots JEWISH movement in support of OWS is called OccupyJudaism and it is attracting many young Jews hungry for change inside the Jewish community as well for our country.
This right wing smear effort is pathetic, and despite the rumblings that will likely continue, my best advice (as someone who does work inside the Jewish community now and then) would be to NOT freak out or try and respond. This is a fire that should be allowed to die out, not fed. The majority of Jews don't buy the smear, it contradicts what they are hearing from other trusted voices inside the occupy movement.
It's a source of joy for me that the OWS movement has been, and continues to be inclusive of progressive faith voices from many traditions. This is a real strength. Thursday night will see another Jewish celebration across the street for Simchat Torah, and some Jews will be joining a planned Muslim prayer event this Friday. It will likely be covered by Jewish and mainstream press, and they will see expressions of unity, not antisemitic visuals.
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM, gail zawacki <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bill Kristol and David Brooks are desperate, that is why they are pulling the anti-semitic accusations. I'm not sure how to respond to demands by Jewish groups to denounce the idiots that have made headlines - but don't rush into anything! This is merely an example of how totally terrified and desperate the neocons are by the power of the OWS movement!
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM, rob hollander <email@example.com>
Expose the Emergency Committee for Israel for what it really is: a right wing political advocacy group that is not actually interested in Israel at all, but in manipulating Jewish voters through false propaganda. The group was created and is led by William Kristol. Google it up.
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 10:32 PM, J.A. Myerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rachel Abrams, a higher-up at ECI, who ran that ad, today came out in support of a genocide against Palestinian Arab children. So much for hate speech. http://badrachel.blogspot.com/2011/10/gilad.html?spref=tw
On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I don't have a complete answer to Jackie's important question -- although I'll find out more about the group promoting this campaign.
About a week ago I saw one anti-Semitic sign being held up by a guy, and right next to him was a woman with a hand-written sign obviously written for the occasion with an arrow pointing at him and saying "He doesn't represent OWS." I thought that was a comradely, proactive start.
Of course at pro-Palestine demos when we see antiSemitic signs we remove the offender (with numbers, not laying hands on), and there's no room for debate about it OWS probably isn't at that stage of marshaling.
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From: Drew <email@example.com
Subject: [september17discuss] Re: Anti-Semitism
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:23:01 -0700 (PDT)
keep moving in the right direct with transparency and integrity. Haters are going to hate.
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