Occupy disavows anti-Semitic FB page
Today, Holocaust Memorial Day, the unquestionably anti-Semitic image above was posted to a Facebook Page called "#occupywallstreet," making headlines in Israel and around the U.S..
While the Page does have 25,000+ followers, it is in fact not an official or quasi-official Occupy Wall Street Facebook Page connected to the Occupy Wall Street media team nor the NYC General Assembly. The Page claims affiliation with Occupy Tampa, but Occupy Tampa’s Facebook team has informed us that this is not the case. In other words, this image was NOT posted by Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Tampa, but by an unidentified administrator of the “#occupywallstreet” Facebook Page, a Page which appears to be operated by members of Anonymous and not by activists with boots on the ground at either Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Tampa.
Nonetheless, Occupy Wall Street has disavowed the Page, posting numerous denunciations to Twitter and Facebook.
Indeed, before learning of this egregiously offensive image posted in their name, Occupy Wall Street expressed solidarity with victims and resisters of the Holocaust.
While it is obviously distressing to see such hatred spoken in Occupy’s name, and no less distressing to know that there is no shortage of anti-Jewish bigots who have attempted to attach themselves to the Occupy movement, it is important to remember that this individual is certainly not a sanctioned representative of Occupy Wall Street in New York City, nor are his or her actions representative of Occupy Wall Street’s values. Occupy is explicitly against all forms of oppression, including anti-Jewish oppression, and does not sanction nor tolerate hate speech of any kind.
We will continue to monitor the situation and to combat anti-Semites whenever they attempt to co-opt the Occupy movement for their nefarious purposes.[Update] The “#occupywallstreet” Facebook Page has been updated with the following post:
[Update 3:35pm] A representative from Occupy Tampa has confirmed that their General Assembly has no relationship to the “#occupywallstreet” Facebook Page:
This one (here) is the only Occupy Tampa facebook page, manage it for the Occupy Tampa media working group. And our twitter account is the one that repeat all of our post made here.
They’ve also given a statement to the Algemeiner Journal.