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The focus on Zionism at the OWS rallies is odd, to say the least. Why should a foreign state located some 5700 miles from New York have any part in the discussion about America’s economy? The answer is simple at root: the hard left still buys into the discredited notions of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in which Jews supposedly plotted the takeover of the world economy. Zionism, in this twisted vision, is the wellspring of that control – Jerusalem is supposedly the capital of the Jew/banker conspiracy. That sick notion pervades the rhetoric of the OWS rallies. Says one OWS rallier in Los Angeles, “I think the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve … need to be run out of this country.” Says another in Chicago, “Israel is beginning to be seen as the criminal pariah state that it is.”
This nasty thought pattern unites both the nationalist and the internationalist hard left. The nationalist hard left – i.e. neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups, as well as many nationalist groups in Europe – see Israel as a façade for a globalist Jewish regime seeking to bring “blood-sucking” capitalism to prominence. The internationalist hard left – i.e. OWS and its ilk – see Israel as the last vestige of discredited nationalism, and Wall Street as its colonialist branch in the United States.
If OWS wants to be taken seriously as a movement, its members need to root out the anti-Semitism from their midst. Then again, that rooting out process may not be possible because of how close the cancer of anti-Semitism is to the heart of the movement. If that is the case, every responsible politician has the responsibility to disassociate from OWS. Somehow, in the case of the Obama administration, that seems unlikely, no matter how outrageous the Jew-hatred gets at OWS.
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