Gilad Atzmon doesn't always get it right - what he says about Occupy Wall Street by Jay Knott (11/13/11) ⇌ (Gilad)
The 'Occupy Wall Street' movement is the most positive thing to happen in America for years. There is a debate about what it actually stands for - perhaps its biggest weakness is vagueness - 'corporations are bad'. And morality - 'bankers are greedy'. Its also debating what its attitude should be to controversial issues like Israel/Palestine.
If you can't make it to your local 'Occupy Whatever', a good place to follow these debates is on the blog Mondoweiss: http://mondoweiss.net
There have been numerous attempts by Jewish leftist organizations to link the Occupy movement and the Occupation: 'Occupy Wall Street Not Palestine'.
Gilad Atzmon is impressed by the disruption of a Jewish supremacist meeting by young Jewish leftists:
I must admit, I can't see why. Listen to the slogans.
"We are the Jewish 99% - we are calling on all Jews nationwide to stand up to join in solidarity
Let's stand up to the 1% of the Jewish community
It doesn't represent us
We will not be fooled by CEOs telling us we are the chosen people and reinforcing Jewish stereotypes
We demand a redistribution of power in the Jewish community
Throughout history Jews have been persecuted as scapegoats for powerful bankers"
In other words, Jews aren't really special, that's just the rich ones telling them that. That just reinforces stereotypes, which makes things even worse for the poor, oppressed Jews, who are being made scapegoats. And if the Jewish community was more democratic, it wouldn't oppress the Palestinians quite as much.
PS. Atzmon posted another article criticizing the phenomenon of 'anti-Zionist Zionists' the day after: