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Open letter to MSNBC - Weird Jews
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Open letter to MSNBC
I sent this earlier today. Please feel free to send a similar letter to MSNBC....

To Whom It May Concern:
I was watching MSNBC this afternoon where you featured an ad sponsored by the Committee For Israel, a right-wing organization that tries to get Jews to vote Republican. Due to the distastefulness of and untruths in the advertisement, I am writing to ask you to stop accepting ads from Committee For Israel and to apologize for airing this ad.
The ad, aired at about 3pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, claimed that Occupy Wall Street protestors are primarily a anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, and showed protestors holding signs with trigger words like "Hitler." It was filmed in a news-like or documentary style to add to its pretense of legitimacy.
As a progressive Jew, I cannot say that I have ever favored this organization or its message, but I don't often write to news organizations on the ad revenue they take in. This particular ad was incredibly distasteful. I've been to the affiliated DC protest, and have many Jewish and non-Jewish friends involved in the Wall Street protest. Jews have been primary actors in these protests - holding services on Yom Kippur and the Sabbath, and erecting sukkahs in observance of Sukkot at the protest sites. Judaism and its adherents have been treated with nothing but respect from other protestors. The concept that the "top 1%" or "the bankers" are synonyms for "Jews" is a fabrication of the protest's opponents.
Please stop accepting ads from Committee For Israel and please apologize for airing this misleading and insulting ad.
I look forward to your reply,
leftyjew

EDIT:  I submitted it on a black hole contact form on their website with the subject "MSNBC TV - general" and feedback type "Correction request."  (also added the link to the ad)
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sidruid From: sidruid Date: October 18th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
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lightningxsnow From: lightningxsnow Date: October 18th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this is difficult, because while I've definitely been in spaces/movements with underlying issues with anti-semitism (racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, you name it), sometimes in very large movements it is an isolated incident. I'm leaning towards the latter from what I've seen from the "Occupy" movement, but everyone could benefit from checking their damn privilege.
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kita0610 From: kita0610 Date: October 18th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, there are anti-semetic components to the protest. I have seen a few interviews posted on my Flist. While I agree it's an unbalanced approach to show ONLY the anti-semitism, it's also an untruth to claim these people don't exist.

quietann From: quietann Date: October 19th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed... I have friends involved in the Occupy Boston protest and they confirm there is a fairly substantial part of the protest who are hard-core anti-Israel... which is not necessarily the same as anti-Semitic. But these hard-core anti-Israel people tend to be quite left-wing and do not overlap (much) with the right-wing people who use "bankers" as a code word for "Jews".
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leftyjew From: leftyjew Date: October 19th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Before I trust poll numbers about a mass and disparate movement of individuals united under very little in common, I would like to at least see their methodology and sampling techniques.
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seiberwing From: seiberwing Date: October 19th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. That guy sounds legitimately unbiased, scientific, and objective.

The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies
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leftyjew From: leftyjew Date: October 19th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they are unwelcome.
If you scroll down in the link above to pajamasmedia, it has this transcript:

Anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street protester: “The Jews control Wall Street! These are the Jews! The Jews control Wall Street. Google it! Google Wall Street Jews. Wall Street Jews! Their names are Jewish — do the homework, do the research. The Jews control Wall Street!”

Bystander: “Hey, didn’t I see you getting out of that Fox News truck parked over there by the corner?”

[Later, starting at 3:24]

Blogger: “Tell me something: Know what? People are saying that Fox News gave you $50. Did you get paid $50 to hold that sign?”

Anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street protester: “Fuck Fox News and that bullshit.”

Blogger: “Did anyone pay you to hold that sign?”

Anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street protester: “No! A fucking Jew made that up.”

Blogger: “No one paid you to hold that sign?”

Anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street protester: “No.”

Note that it's the same one guy interviewed several times to make the same point. He's clearly nuts and unwelcomed. The interviewer just likes to cover him.

Anyway, as for the poll, it's hard to rely on actually "random" polling. The choice of days and times and locations matters, and since it's actually just asking every 0.5% of people isn't the most statistically rigorous. Also, this is only counting the activists - the people who are there - not the allied folks and people who agree with the cause.

Who is "the fellow who started OWS"?
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dream_king From: dream_king Date: October 19th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Well given that Occupy Wall St was founded by a couple of guys who are definately Anti-Israel and very possibly Anti-Semitic given what they have written in their magazine, it is a very valid point.
seiberwing From: seiberwing Date: October 20th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who cares, in my opinion. Many good things were founded by complete assholes and bigots--this country, for instance. As long as the movement itself does nothing but good, I don't care if the American Nazi Party is endorsing it.

(And as I understand, they are)
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