Sunday, October 09, 2011

Ant-Semitism at the Occupy Wall Street Rally?

I saw this same nut six days before the protests began

There has been some disturbing chatter on the Internet about anti-Semitism at the Occupy Wall Street protests in downtown Manhattan. It's discussed in this post on Daniel Sieradski's blog.

This is potentially dangerous stuff. If the OWS protests are hijacked by people with agendas, it could totally discredit the movement.

However, it seems to be a lot of nothing so far. I've seen no signs of anything like that myself, and I thought this post today on a right-wing blog was particularly unfair. It shows an anti-Semitic demonstrator at the OWS holding up a "Hitler's Bankers" sign.

It so happens I saw this same idiot in front of Trinity Church, at Wall Street and Broadway, on Sept. 11 -- six days before the Occupy Wall Street protest began. He was being ignored, which by the way is the best way to deal with a lone crackpot.

Any mass demonstration in New York City is going to draw nuts, and this one is no exception. But, the Internet being as it is, you can expect that any lone crackpots are going to get a great deal of attention.

According to Sieradski's blog, there were High Holiday services at Zuccotti Park.

I had more thoughts on Occupy Wall Street in my CNBC appearance on Friday, archived here.

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