National Conference on Jewish Affairs Decries Anti-Semitism Of Occupy Wall Street Movement

October 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - - The National Conference on Jewish Affairs today condemned the blatant and increasingly anti-Semitic nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Speaking for the group, rabbi Aryeh Spero stated, "In light of the accelerated and vociferous anti-Semitic and anti-Israel pronouncements emanating from the Occupied Wall Street groups - at times urging the expulsion of Zionists and Jews from the United States - we urge President Obama to publicly denounce these remarks."

Noting the support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters by prominent Jewish leaders and president Obama Spero added, "Furthermore, we ask David Axelrod and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, and other fellow Jews enthusiastically tied to the protests, to remember that the scape-goating that results from class warfare rhetoric has historically made Jews a target and endangered our community. There has always been anti-Semitism, but in our lifetime we have never heard in this country, as we are hearing now, such open and brazen calls against Jews. We ask them to reconsider their support for these protests given that many are using it as a platform to spew the most vile anti-Israel language."

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