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Conservatives smear ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests as anti-Semitic

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, October 13, 2011 20:23 EDT
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The Emergency Committee for Israel, a Republican group, has become the latest to claim the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan is anti-Semitic.

The group has created a video advertisement that shows anti-Semitic signs at the protests. The video will air in a “substantial” buy in New York and Washington, D.C., according to Politico.

The ad says that Democratic party leaders are “turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks.”

“Tell President Obama and Leader Pelosi to stand up to the mob,” the ad concludes.

Conservative media outlets, including Fox Business, have been circulating a video of a young New Yorker at the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration berating an elderly Jewish man.

The young man has been portrayed as an “Occupy Wall Street” protester, but the vocal New Yorker is Danny “Lotion Man” Cline. He is Jewish.

The “Lotion Man” can be seen in other videos on YouTube harassing Wall Street demonstrators and picking fights with the homeless.

The smears come after more than 700 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters participated in Kol Nidre, the prayers that begin Yom Kippur. Similar events were held at “Occupy D.C.,” “Occupy Philadelphia” and “Occupy Boston.”

“Occupy San Diego” protesters temporarily moved their demonstration so that it did not interfere with annual Yom Kippur services at the Civic Center Plaza.

But that does not mean the protests have been completely free of anti-Semitism.

The “Occupy” protests around the country are open to everyone, and the demonstrators have struggled with ways to deal with the occasional anti-Semitic signs.

In one case, protesters dealt with a man who brought a giant sign that read, “Google: Zionists control Wall St.” to the demonstration in lower Manhattan by standing next to him with a sign that read, “Asshole –>.”

Watch the “Hate at Occupy Wall Street” ad below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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