Cross posted at The Progressive Zionist
Occupy Tampa has come under attack from Bigots trying to co-opt or make the movement look bad. Please note that here is the official Occupy Tampa webpage facebook page and here is their response to this attack that showed up on another facebook page (one with 25,000 likes) under the "Occupy Tampa" name.
Nobody from Occupy Tampa knows the origin of the anti-semitic image supposedly posted to our Facebook page. Our best guess is that it originated from a libelous agent provocateur. We have no reason to believe it came from any Occupy Tampa site. If anyone can find the alleged post, please send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org
was posted on this page https://www.facebook.com/...
A page claiming to be a member page. Now it is important to note that this is NOT an official #OWS site.
The news of this attack did go around the world. Here is the Israeli Daily Haaretz on this incident:
Within five hours the cartoon received more than 400 comments, mostly from outraged users, including many Israelis.As Haaretz noted... the page where the image appeared (and was pulled down) IS NOT an official #ows site. Also, as Haaretz notes:
"Putting this on Holocaust day just makes it even more sickening than it already is," one user said.
"This is an outrage. All OWS sympathizers must be disgusted by this vile act of hatred," said another user.
Meanwhile on Thursday, the official Occupy Wall Street movement showed support for Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day on their Twitter page, posting a tweet that said, "We stand with our brothers & sisters who suffered in the holocaust today, & we remember those who fought back."
Finally there is this from the page that posted that image:
We apologise for the last uploaded pictures. We have some intrusion issues. The administrator was removed and banned from our page. He blocked a lot of people and we are working to recover averyone. Thanks to those who called me personally about this. For those who are offended and will still send to us harassing messages - you're free to unlike our page. Thank you.Kind of a weak sauce apology... But not surprising when you see some of the commentary therein.
This is important... #OWS did the right thing in disavowing this. Further Occupy Tampa did the right thing in standing against this. Perhaps the other Occupy page needs to be a bit more contrite in their apology and instead of acting like a petulant three year old needs to be a bit more understanding of just what the picture was and the timing of it's release (Holocaust Rememberance Day).
These attacks are going to keep coming on the #OWS movement from people that want to peel off votes (particularly Jewish votes) from President Obama. It is really important that Occupy does not allow itself to become a vehicle for racist Paulists, LaRouchies and other batshit groups to press their agenda. Occupy Wall Street (to me) is about a movement in the U.S. for social and economic justice in the face of attacks by the ultra wealthy and priviliged in our society who want to strip rest of us of any sort social safety net just so they can pay less of their societal obligation.
Anyway, thanks to the REAL Occupy Wall Street for standing against this bullshit. It is appreciated.