Anti-Defamation League keeping an eye on ‘Occupy Wall Street’Submitted by bobbyw24 on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 08:43
In the wake of several incidents of anti-Semitism at “Occupy Wall Street” protests, some Jewish observers are remaining vigilant.
During periods of economic strife, certain people cling to anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, said Carolyn Stein, an analyst at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. But the ADL is not prepared to charge the movement as a whole with anti-Semitism.
“[It is] not uncommon during difficult economic times [when] there is scrutiny on the financial situation in the U.S. and elsewhere to look to possible explanations,” she said. “And there are some, usually on the fringe, but sometimes in the mainstream, who incorporate Jews or Jewish conspiracy theories into their explanations for that.”