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Bloomberg to anti-Semitic Occupiers: Clear out!

posted at 10:53 am on October 13, 2011 by

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has done a 180 in re the occupation of Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan. Two days after telling the Occupy Wall Street protesters they could camp out in the park as long as they liked, hizzoner stopped by last night to serve up their eviction notice. They have until Friday to get out of Dodge.

The ostensible reason behind Bloomberg’s change of heart was his compliance with a request to clean the park by Brookfield Office Properties, the company that owns it. The website features a letter by Richard B. Clark, Brookfield’s CEO to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, stating that the “trespassing of the protesters” has created “health and public safety issues that need to be addressed immediately.”

Among the “safety issues” Clark cites are a complaint by a woman who was “verbally abused in front of her 5-year-old child” and “had a package stolen from her as she tried to cross the Park.”

But Bloomberg’s motives may, to turn a memorable quote from The Godfather on its head, be personal, not just business. It is possible that the mayor, who is Jewish, takes offense at the “blame the Jews” mindset exhibited by some of the protesters.

As a case in point, journalist Nathalie Rothschild reports receiving “a string of indignant emails and tweets about my Jewish, kleptocrat banking connection” after writing an unflattering portrait of the protesters in the online publication Spiked. She adds:

[There were] demands that I reveal the details of my pay checks and that I come clean about my not-so-hidden agenda. I was told that my family name disqualifies me from having any opinion about the protest and that I have ‘the karma of a demon’. One reader posted my article online, headlining the post ‘Journalist & Jew – Nathalie ROTHSCHILD.’

Rothschild’s article was published on September 21. Since then signs like the following have appeared intermittently:

One of the most conspicuous examples of overt anti-Semitism is a rant several days ago by a man in a filthy T-shirt holding a curious sign reading “Hitler’s Bankers—Wall St.” CBS reports on the man’s antics, which are captured in a YouTube video:

In the nearly 6-minute video, the man is seen standing in Zuccotti Park ranting against Israel and Jews….

The protestor, who would not give his name to those gathered around him, is also seen arguing with members of the public who took offense to his choice of words.

A number of others also ask the protester if Fox News had paid him to stand and display his sign to which he responded: ‘[expletive] Fox News, that’s [expletive]. [Expletive] Jew made that up.’

Meanwhile, Jews are “Hitler’s bankers?” And here I thought it was the Tea Party that was ignorant of history.

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you cite one example of anti-semitism, which is immediately denounced by other protesters, to justify your provocative headline.

come on, howard, be a man, who are the other anti-semites?

sesquipedalian on October 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

come on, howard, be a man, who are the other anti-semites?

sesquipedalian on October 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Are you serious? Do you know anything of Marx and the origins and history of the Left? Trying to remove anti-Semitism from the Left is like trying to remove the spots from a Zebra. That Bloomberg doesn’t know this is sad.

rrpjr on October 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Don’t forget these signs in LA:

rbj on October 13, 2011 at 2:58 PM