“… freedom without Socialism is privilege and injustice… Socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.”
~ Mikhail Bakunin
There is more to the disheveled crowd that has been entertaining Americans for the past three weeks than meets the eye. Don’t let looks fool you. Sure it’s hard to overlook the general lack of hygiene and proper grooming. Some may go without bras while others sleep on sidewalks. So are we to somehow be convinced that a bunch of dirty children can produce this much attention?
The protesters have railed against food corporations because they believe their products are altering their DNA. They want free education so they don’t have to work or join the military to payoff student loans. They have called for a living wage. They take pride in disrupting the lives of working Americans because they do not share the same work ethic. Furthermore, they want to end wealth in America and replace capitalism with a system of sharing that gives out really cool stuff. These are but just a few of the mob’s demands. Mikhail Bakunin, the Russian author of the quote in the heading, was considered the author of violent social anarchism. Bakunin advocated atheism and violence as well as terrorism, revolution and destruction. Is it coincidental that the Wall Street Protestors have been heard shouting death threats against cops, Jews, and the wealthy?
“We must demand that the individual shall be willing to lose the sense of personal achievement, and shall be content to realize his activity of the many.”
~ Jane Adams
So how does a group of unkempt undergraduates built upon such empty and disjointed demands carry this effort on scrawny shoulders and sunken chests? Please read further.
On Sept. 16, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced to the world he would seek full membership rights for the state of “Palestine” at the United Nations Security Council in New York. The following day, in that same city, the now-infamous Occupy Wall Street protests broke out. Coincidence? Perhaps, but perhaps not.
The decidedly anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bent of the protests has been unabashed where it has cropped up. Last week, a protestor screamed “The Jews control Wall Street!” and told a man who self-identified as Jewish to “[g]o to Israel.” Another protestor told The Blaze Obama was “a Jewish puppet.”
The Wall Street demonstrations have already been compared to the Arab Spring protests that took place in Cairo earlier this year. The call to “Walk like an Egyptian!” has become a rallying cry for the Wall Street protestors. And according to an Oct. 3 U.K. Daily Mail piece, “[s]ome [protestors recently] ate pizza they said was ordered for them by a man in Egypt who phoned a local shop to have the pies delivered.”
The Egypt protests, too, were rife with anti-Semitic imagery, and there was a good deal of Egyptian support for the Palestinian cause. Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day in May, thousands of Egyptian protestors gathered in Tahrir Square to mark, in solidarity with Palestinians, what they call “Nakbah Day,” the “Day of Catastrophe.” In a similar vein, last Friday a group calling itself the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network gathered supporters at Liberty Park Square in New York to “Rally in Support of Palestinian and Californian Prisoner Hunger Strikes @ Occupy Wall Street.”
First, SEIU itself has had former and current members investigated for possible links to both Hamas and FARC. In late 2010, Joe Iosbaker, chief steward of SEIU local 73, and former SEIU board member Tom Burke were among nine people at the center of an investigation into their possible links to terror organizations. Iosbaker had his home raided by the FBI and Burke was subpoenaed to appear for questioning before a grand jury about payments to Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network. Abudayyeh has publicly lamented the U.S. characterization of Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups, saying “the real terrorists are the governments and military forces of the U.S. and Israel.”
The Democratic Socialists of America is another group said to be behind the protests. Members of the organization were among the founding constituents of the New Party, to which Obama once belonged. The DSA has said it condemns terrorism – but it has also made statements that seem like attempts at justifying politically motivated killings. In 2004 it released a statement that read, in part, “[A]s long as Palestinian desires for self-determination are violently denied by the Israeli occupation, terrorist acts of desperation will continue.”