I can already hear the Occupy Boston people saying the small splinter group that went to the Israeli consulate building doesn’t represent all of Occupy Boston, and the Occupy Wall Street people saying that Occupy Boston doesn’t represent all of the Occupy movement, and the anti-Israel protesters saying they aren’t anti-Semites, they are just anti-Zionist or critical of the policies of the current Israeli government. And some of the rest of them saying that the anti-Israel protesters don’t represent all of Occupy any more than Patrick Buchanan represents the entire Republican Party. But at a certain point, one has to wonder why these people are protesting Israel and not some far more abusive government like that of China, Iran, or Syria. I can already hear them saying that America doesn’t give billions a year in aid to China, Iran, or Syria.
Still, the whole event illustrates the way the Occupy movement has become a forum for people to air whatever pre-existing grievance or agenda they have, even if it has nothing to do with Wall Street. And how readily a protest against bankers can elide into one against the Jewish state.
This is not a thread about Israel/Palestine. I don’t want to discuss who is right and who is wrong or who started it. I am not in the mood to referee an I/P pie fight.
This post is about OWS.
What does “Occupy Wall Street” have to do with the conflict in the Middle East?
BTW – Do those protesters realize that foreign embassies and consulates are not subject to US law? We have no constitutional rights inside those patches of diplomatic immunity. If the Israeli guards beat the OWSers or even shot them the police could not even detain any of the guards for questioning.
Is the answer “Jewish banking conspiracy?”
Bingo. At least that’s what many in the OWS were yelling for quite some time.
So many grievances, so little space to occupy them all.
Glad my kids are grown or they’d still be occupying my kitchen demanding to be fed 😉
Didn’t Egyptian protesters drive the Israel ambassador out of Egypt not too long ago by invading the embassy? So maybe they are just following the Tahrir Square script.
Any movement that draws inspiration from the Arab spring should be aware that that region hosts any number of anti-Israel groups, especially among the young protester types. The anti-Israel wing of the Democratic Party seems to be another thing that started because the Republicans are pro-Israel and you just can’t have two parties for the same thing at one time.
Are you trying to be logical again. 🙂
Seen on twitter
I predict more violence!!!!!!!!!!!! 👿