Jews celebrate Sukkot at ‘Occupy Los Angeles’ protest

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 17, 2011 21:00 EDT
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Local Jewish clergy and activists rallied in a sukkah — a temporary hut built for the seven day festival of Sukkot — amid other tarps and tents at the ongoing “Occupy Los Angeles” protest on Sunday.

“Leaving Yom Kippur, we go out into the world and make the statement that we will live in Sukkot, flimsy dwellings with permeable boundaries which force us to be in the world, to be with the world,” the group said on its Facebook page.

“There is no more important time than right now to be present, really present, in the streets of the United States to decry the injustice of those who are suffering under crushing debt, foreclosure, lack of health care; to decry the injustice that the one percent who brought the economy down are still in their offices ‘earning’ bonuses while the other ninety-nine percent of us are trying to figure out how to make it to the end of the month.”

The “occupation” of Los Angeles began on October 1, when more than 750 people marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, chanting slogans such as, “Hey hey, ho ho! Wall Street greed has got to go” and “The people united will never be defeated.”

Watch video, courtesy of the Jewish Journal, 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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