The Occupy Wall Street
movement, now in its second month, just received its darkest and most damaging criticism, after a pro-Israel group sought to tether the anti-capitalist movement to antisemitism and to anti-Israel sentiments.
The Emergency Committee for Israel
, a political action committee that "seeks to provide citizens with the facts they need to be sure that their public officials are supporting a strong US-Israel relationship," as their mission statement reads on their web site, has released a television commercial the condemns the Occupy Wall Street movement as an assembly that is effectively an anti-Jewish hate mob.
As Eliot Spitzer wrote in Slate on Monday
, the Emergency Committee for Israel is backed by Bill Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard
. Kristol is a member of the group's board
, along with Gary Bauer, who served for years under the Reagan administration, and Rachel Abrams, a right-leaning activist that has written for The Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal.
"Political leaders are praising Occupy Wall Street," the ECI advertisement begins. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), President Obama, and Eliot Spitzer are all featured showing their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"ECI says supporting Occupy Wall Street is to support 'hate,'” Spitzer wrote. "Try that again? By splicing hate-filled anti-Semitic statements that may or may not come from individuals hanging out on the fringe of the Zuccotti Park protests together with Nancy Pelosi’s, President Obama’s, and my supportive statements, ECI and Bill Kristol are trying to argue that Occupy Wall Street equals Obama and Pelosi equals anti-Semitism. They’re insinuating that support for OWS is the same as support for hate. (Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch—a recent ally of Kristol on Israel issues—has also written supportively of OWS: Why doesn’t he appear in the ad?)"
"What is happening at the Occupy Wall Street protests," the ECI commercial asks. It then delves into a montage of ugly antisemitic commentary from a collection of OWS protesters who seek to associate Jews with large-scale banking enterprises.
"Jews control Wall Street," one man yells. A flurry of ugly antisemitic signs held aloft at the OWS protest are also featured.
It is a blistering attack on the leaderless Occupy Wall Street assembly.
"Why are our leaders turning a blind eye to anti-semitic, anti-Israel attacks," the advertisement concludes.