When is it okay to say that Jews own Wall Street?

First, it’s never okay to say that Jews own Wall Street because: 

1. It’s not true.

2. It’s an anti-Semitic trope.

3. Duh. 

Unfortunately such are not the standards held by those criticizing the Occupy Wall Street movement as anti-Semitic, for whom the rules are: 

1. You can say that Jews own Wall Street—or anything else about Jews—as long as you are a “friend of Israel.” 

2. On the other hand, if you are part of a supposedly leftist movement, of which an unrepresentative smattering of participants make the same assertion to the displeasure of all others present, then your entire movement will be branded anti-Semitic. 

Take a look at a statement made by Rush Limbaugh last year, in which he explained that Jews who voted for Obama may now have “buyer’s remorse” because Obama was supposedly going after Wall Street: 

There are a lot of people, when you say banker, people think Jewish. People who have, uh, prejudice, people who have—um, uh, you know—what’s the best way to say—a little, little prejudice about them. To some people, bankers is code word for Jewish. And guess who Obama’s assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers! He’s assaulting money people! And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there. 

Let’s parse this statement: 

“[W]hen you say banker, people think Jewish.” 

I don’t know about Rush, but when I hear “banker,” I think banks. 

“People who have prejudice, people who have…you know…a little prejudice about them.” 

No harm in a little prejudice, I guess. 

“To some people, bankers is code word for Jewish. And guess who Obama’s assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers! He’s assaulting money people!” 

Here Limbaugh plays a rhetorical trick. He evokes a premise, but—recognizing the premise would get him into trouble—credits the premise to “a lot of people” and “some people.” He even says that the premise carries “a little prejudice.” Yet after attributing this idea of “bankers = Jews” to people other than himself, Limbaugh proceeds to draw a conclusion on the basis that the premise is correct: 

So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there. 

You can only “wonder” this if you accept the premise that “bankers” and “money people” are synonymous with “Jews,” and that Jewish public opinion sways with the temperament of Wall Street. 

Moreover, his conclusion is preceded with the following: 

And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. 

He states this as a fact. The fact by itself is meaningless: there may or may not be a lot of Jews on Wall Street, and their representation may be proportionately higher or lower compared to wider demographics, but what is the purpose of making such an assertion? In Limbaugh’s context, it establishes a correlation between Jews and the gears of capital, which supports his conclusion that Jews may be experiencing “buyer’s remorse” from Obama’s supposed attack on the Jewish institution known as Wall Street. 

So we have a classic anti-Semitic statement, only slightly veiled, of the sort that we are told is popular at Zucotti Park. 

Immediately after Limbaugh’s statement was broadcast, the ADL’s Abe Foxman criticized it as “borderline anti-Semitic” and called on Limbaugh to apologize. In response, a number of prominent Jewish commentators and Jewish institutions rushed to Limbaugh’s defense. 

Let’s take a look, then, at how these institutions defended Limbaugh, and compare it to how Occupy Wall Street has been tarred by the same accusations. Notice also how the subject often changes from whether something anti-Semitic has been said, to whether one is sufficiently pro-Israel. 

The ZOA on Limbaugh

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) stated

We are puzzled and shocked by Abe Foxman’s wrong, confused and irresponsible attack on the strongly pro-Israel Rush Limbaugh… not only were Rush Limbaugh’s comments not anti-Semitic, but Rush Limbaugh is in fact one of Israel’s strongest supporters. 

“Limbaugh was simply telling the truth,” explained the ZOA, because “some prejudiced people could have interpreted this as an Obama attack against Jews.” However it wasn’t “some prejudiced people” who thought this. Limbaugh actually said, “So I wonder if…” That is, Limbaugh cited the stereotype not to decry it but to use it as the basis for a personal opinion.

 
The ZOA then called on the ADL to leave Limbaugh alone and instead denounce Desmond Tutu for the latter’s criticisms of Israel. 

The ZOA on Occupy Wall Street

But when it came to Occupy Wall Street, the ZOA issued a press release calling 

upon President Barack Obama, Congress and other public figure to explicitly condemn the manifestations of anti-Semitism that have figured prominently in the demonstrations of the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters….Various protesters are seen addressing the assembled crowds saying such things as “Jews control Wall Street.” 

Which was essentially what Limbaugh said. Moreover, the only reason “the manifestations of anti-Semitism have figured prominently” in OWS was because groups such as the ZOA had been amplifying those isolated instances of anti-Semitism. However, halfway through the press release, the content shifted to criticisms of Israel: 

Protesters, some of them anti-Zionist Jews, told the student newspaper that Israel uses U.S. tax dollars to occupy Palestine… 

Pamela Geller on Limbaugh

Referring to Limbaugh as a “a great and wonderful friend of the Jews,” Pamela Geller stated

Foxman has come out repeatedly against one of the greatest friends of the Jews and Israel, my friend the Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders….I took Foxman out for his attacks on our dear and precious friends of Israel, the Evangelicals…He demonizes the Christian groups that love Israel but is kissing the ass of Islamic jihad…. 

As a passionate, proud Jew, I stand with Rush Limbaugh and would take up against Foxman in a heartbeat…As for Rush, he is beyond delicious. He has such a yiddische heart, I’d marry him under a chupa :). 

Pamela Geller on OWS

In contrast to her creepy defense of Limbaugh, Geller’s posted a video of a lone anti-Semitic protester being heckled by a crowd that has surrounded him and then commented

“Jewish bankers” and such sounds eerily like pre-war Germany. 

Neocons on Limbaugh

On the Commentary website, Norman Podhoretz criticized Foxman for his “vile attack” and his “chutzpah to denounce Rush Limbaugh as an anti-Semite,” claiming that 

Mr. Foxman has a long history of seeing an anti-Semite under every conservative bed while blinding himself to the blatant fact that anti-Semitism has largely been banished from the Right in the past forty years, and that it has found a hospitable new home on the Left, especially where Israel is concerned…[Foxman] should apologize for the defamatory accusation of anti-Semitism that he himself has hurled against so loyal a friend of Israel as Rush Limbaugh. 

Michael Ledeen chimed in

[Limbaugh wondered] if Jewish voters are having buyer’s remorse regarding Obama. They certainly should, both because of Obama’s striking nastiness to Israel and of his attacks on “greedy bankers” (which Rush mentioned), free broadcasting, and of course the crusade against American medicine, all enterprises in which Jews have long flourished. 

Wait, Jews have long flourished in “greedy banking”? Actually Limbaugh did not use the term “greedy bankers.” More Ledeen: 

Rush should be a hero to Foxman and American Jews…Foxman has relentlessly attacked American Evangelicals—arguably the most pro-Jewish and pro-Israel people in America… 

Neocons on OWS

Multiple articles on the Commentary website pushed the OWS anti-Semitism theme. In a piece decrying Occupy Wall Street’s “anti-Semitism problem,” Abe Greenwald wrote: 

Anti-Semitism is the preferred medium of the pitchfork crowd. And today as the Manhattan mob heads uptown to protest at the homes of American business leaders (for their “willingness to hoard wealth at the expense of the 99 percent”) there can be little doubt that that’s whom we’re dealing with. 

Later in Commentary, Alana Goodman posted the viral video produced by the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI). The video warns of an “anti-Semitic/anti-Israel…mob” at Occupy Wall Street, which, if we are to judge by the video’s content, consists of two individuals. The ECI itself is headed by neocons Bill Kristol and Rachel Abrams (Norman Podhoretz’s daughter, now famous for her “devil’s spawn”rant) and Christian Zionist Gary Bauer. 

Mark Levin on Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh isn’t anti-Semitic; in fact, some of his best friends are Mark Levin. Here’s Rush explaining Levin’s position

I have to tell you, folks, one of my closest friends is Mark Levin. Everybody knows this. Mark Levin is Jewish. Mark Levin is disgusted with Abraham Foxman. 

Mark Levin on OWS

In an interview Levin told the Daily Caller

I am appalled that Democrat politician after Democrat politician, including the president and vice president, are embracing these protests, even claiming to understand their supposed concerns and motivations, when so many of these people are using, among other things, anti-Semitic slurs of the oldest kind…It is appalling and I hope the public takes note. 

Israelist groups on Limbaugh

letter to Foxman signed by American Friends of Likud, CAMERA, Emunah of America, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, National Council of Young Israel, Religious Zionists of America and Z Street stated: 

We are deeply dismayed by the unfounded criticism of the talk show commentator’s observations. While one may agree or disagree with Mr. Limbaugh’s views on many subjects, his outspoken support for Israel has been eloquent, informed and undeniable. 

Israelist groups on OWS

The National Conference on Jewish Affairs, a new organization affiliated with Z Street, issued a press release calling on Jews involved in Occupy Wall Street to 

remember that the scapegoating 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. 

And CAMERA stated

Whether anti-Jewish rhetoric is on the fringe or more commonplace, it’s clear publicity about the presence of bigots raises concern—including with certain extreme left, anti-Israel elements among OWS advocates. 

Andrew Breitbart and friends on Limbaugh

On Twitter, Andrew Breitbart called on Foxman to “apologize to Rush Limbaugh” and included a link to a Ben Shapiro article on Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com website, where Shapiro labeled Foxman’s criticism of Limbaugh 

sick, and it’s cynical, and it is myopic in the extreme.  While Foxman ignores Islamic anti-Semitism and radical Jew-hatred on the left, he immediately attacks anyone and everyone on the right who even mentions Jews.  While he’s busy defending anti-Israel puppet George Mitchell as “fair” and “meticulously even-handed,” he’s ripping Israel defender, philo-Semite and open Christian Ann Coulter as an anti-Semite (I’m personally close friends with Ann, as are Michael Medved and Dennis Prager, to name a few prominent Jews). 

Another conservative commentator associated with Breitbart, Jeff Dunetz, referred to Foxman’s accusation as “rubbish”

As a long-time listener of the show, and someone who tends to wear his “yarmulke on his sleeve,” I have never heard Limbaugh utter something that caused me to think he was a Jew-hater….Perhaps [the ADL] should spend a little more of its time on its primary mission, stopping REAL anti-Semitism in the world. 

Andrew Breitbart and friends on OWS

The same Ben Shapiro decried 

the OWS’ complacency with regard to anti-Semitism in its midst…. the hard left still buys into the discredited notions [that] Jews supposedly plotted the takeover of the world economy…[that] Jerusalem is supposedly the capital of the Jew/banker conspiracy.  That sick notion pervades the rhetoric of the OWS rallies.  Says one OWS rallier in Los Angeles, “I think the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve … need to be run out of this country.” 

Meanwhile Jeff Dunetz on Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com accused Rep. Steve Israel of “abandon[ing] the Jewish State and the Jewish people” by embracing Occupy Wall Street, “whose members have displayed a hatred of both the Jews and the Jewish State.” Another Dunetz piece attempted to connect—through several degrees of separation—OWS participants to a reader comment left on the Adbusters website in 2009, and which evoked “the anti-Semitic meme that Jews own the Banks.” 

Bretibart.tv also featured a video interview with a lone OWS protester who just happened to be one of the two anti-Semites featured in the EIC video. In fact, an onlooker can be heard saying, “You’re already all over the internet as being anti-Semitic.” 

Limbaugh on Limbaugh

In response to Foxman, Limbaugh claimed that he was simply referring to “Jew-haters out there.” However, in his original statement, he never used the term “Jew-haters” or even “anti-Semites.” Instead he spoke of “some people” with “a little prejudice.” And he used the premises of such people, along with his own inserted fact that “a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish,” to conclude that Jews were having “buyer’s remorse” because Obama was going after “bankers” and “money people.” 

Moreover, Limbaugh never explained what he meant by saying, in the same context, that taxes are “anathema to Jewish people.” We can only conclude the obvious: it means what it says. 

Limbaugh later stated: 

Mr. Foxman, if you really want to go after anti-Semitism, you should first start looking at it on the left and within the Obama administration and within his circle of friends because that’s where you’re going to find it. You’re not going to find any anti-Semitism on this radio show. You’re going to find nothing but love and respect and admiration for the Jewish people and an unwavering support for Israel that has not ever shaken. 

Limbaugh on OWS

It is therefore unsurprising that Limbaugh, hoping to finally rid himself of the anti-Semitism charge, would attribute regrettable comments he made just last year to Occupy Wall Street today. 

Thus on October 5, he explained Adbusters, whom he credited with starting OWS: 

So in their corrupt and perverted minds Jewish money traders, Jewish bankers on Wall Street, why, it’s a natural target. 

Compare this to Rush’s comments on Obama: “He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish.” 

Then on October 11, Limbaugh elaborated:  

There’s a lot of interesting stuff here. Occupy Wall Street now, 99%, that leaves 1%, roughly the percentage of Jews in the population, too. 

What, did Glenn Beck do the math? 

And Wall Street and bankers have been anti-Semitic code for Jews in this country going back quite a while… 

And a lot of people—a lot of people like to think that Wall Street’s all made up of Jewish people . 

Could be because they heard it from Rush last year. 

They could unleash a bunch of anti-Jewish racism down there if they’re not careful with this, ’cause there’s much more going on here than you just see at the surface. 

Indeed. 

(I do not mean to let Abe Foxman off the hook. Foxman also has a history of glossing over the anti-Semitism of people he deems good for Israel. In 2003 he presented Silvio Berlusconi with the ADL’sDistinguished Statesman Award for supporting Israel, overlooking Berlusconi’s claims that Mussolini oversaw a “benign dictatorship. Mussolini did not murder anyone. Mussolini sent people on holiday tointernal exile.” When Harry Truman’s 1947 diary was discovered, researchers found an entry declaring, “The Jews, I find are very, very selfish.” Truman also wrote that Jews surpassed Hitler and Stalin in “cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog.” Foxman’s response was to call Truman, who pushed for the establishment of Israel, a “flawed hero” whose anti-Semitism was simply “a product of his time”—a peculiar justification coming from the head of an organization that purports to fight anti-Semitism. And contrary to the claims of his right-wing critics, Foxman has embraced fundamentalist Christian anti-Semites. To Foxman, Jerry Falwell was a “dear friend of Israel,” John Hagee plays a positive role “because of his support for Israel,” and “the pro-Israel perspective of Evangelical Christians is much appreciated,” while their anti-Semitic agenda can “take a backseat to current realities.”)

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  1. pabelmont says:

    There is an awful lot here, a bit hard to digest, but thanks so much for putting it all together.

    What I got out of it is that the Zionist crowd will gladly excuse anti-semitic remarks when they are made by a staunch friend of Israel and conversely regard unfriendliness towards Israel as anti-semitic.

    In summary, a complete re-definition has been made — by today’s Zionists, neocons, etc. — by which “anti-semitism” is used to mean anti-Israel as a primary meaning and anti-Jewish only secondarily and only when not used by a friend of Israel. That is, the secondary meaning — anti-Jewish — can be excused for political reasons which trump the racism, today’s speakers of “anti-semitism” using the term primarily (and overwhelmingly) as a tool of political manipulation.

    The net of this method of political manipulation is to take the discussion of Israel away from the matter of the rights and wrongs of Israel and place it where it does not belong, in a discussion of racism.

    In a parallel stream, friends of bankers and/or capitalism more generally are using “anti-semitic” also to savage people who are attacking bankers and the banking system, or capitalism more generally. Why? Apparently on the grounds either that banking and capitalism are largely controlled by Jews or that this is the perception.

    The net of this method of political manipulation is to take the discussion of banking and capitalism away from the rights and wrongs of banking and capitalism and place it where it does no good at all, into the discussions of racism.

  2. piotr says:

    Coming from a country where “paleo-anti-Semites” are not on endangered species list yet I understood at some point how many of them think, and that makes them perfect friends of Israel etc.

    Number one: Jews rule the world.

    Number two: to survive/prosper etc., you have to be nice to our rulers.

    In some countries this leads to “paradoxes” like hailing “national heroes” who happen to cooperate with Hitler (and yes, exterminating Jews was one of the chores) and now providing precious pro-Israeli votes like opposing entry of Palestine to UNESCO. Wiesenthal Center confessed to be perplexed how to handle the issue, because it invested a lot of effort in proving that nowadays anti-Semitism has the form of opposition to Israel, and here you have perfectly pro-Israeli anti-Semites.

    In the same time, good patriots have reasons to be confused. Their nation suffered from Communism, so they hail their patriotic forbears who were fighting Communism. And face it: there were few options to do so without collaborating with Hitler. And some Jews fled to forests, joined Communists and terroristically were shooting at the collaborating patriots, so they want to prosecute them (the few that still live in Israel). As Communists they are Leftists and so Enemies of Israel. Yet, o perplexity: some Israeli complain in JP where otherwise it is hard to find a nice word about Leftists. Well, nihil novi sub sole, the previous masters were not overly rational either.

    Before yesterday, Hitler, today, Israel. Do what is good for your nation.

    I think that this phenomenon has some equivalents on this side of the Atlantic. If you think that Jews are selfish and ruthless capitalists AND that the best way to advance your carrier is to be nice to selfish and ruthless capitalists (and, with perseverance and luck, join their ranks), you will be nice to Jews. Not blindly of course: some Jews are not capitalists, like our host here, or not ruthless, like Soros, so they should be reviled, as enemies of Freedom in general and Jews in particular. That covers Rush and similar creatures. And perhaps Christian Zionists.

  3. Stogumber says:

    You are, of course, right in general. Many jewish publicists use double standards (as do, regrettably, a lot of other people, too).
    But you’re not quite right in that particular case . Limbaugh argued that jews, for the sake of their own interest, should have voted against Obama (and now might have learned that). That means – whatever his personal feelings are – he argued in the best (alleged) interest of “the jews”. Whereas “Occupy” may perhaps argue in the interest of mankind, but -, even if it’s not anti-jewish – doesn’t argue in the interest of “the jews”.
    As for Foxman, he’s a definite political actor; and as such, he has no “friends”. He doesn’t really regard Limbaugh as an “enemy”, but as little as a “friend”, but as someone who can be useful, but has to be intimidated from time to time in order to remain useful.

  4. calm says:

    Why is it Okay to brag about owning Hollywood but not to suggest the ownership of Wall Street?

    How Jewish is Hollywood?
    A poll finds more Americans disagree with the statement that ‘Jews control Hollywood.’ But here’s one Jew who doesn’t.
    By Joel Stein
    December 19, 2008
    link to latimes.com

    “As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you’d be flipping between “The 700 Club” and “Davey and Goliath” on TV all day.”

  5. David Samel says:

    Brilliant analysis, backed up by voluminous research. It is tempting to dismiss Limbaugh as a foolish gasbag, but he obviously is an influential figure across much of the US. This has become a common M.O. among the integrity-challenged class – using layers of deception and illogic, attributing premises to anonymous “some people” from whom he can distance himself if need be, even though those very premises are necessary for his conclusion.

    As for the other individuals and groups exposed under Phan Nguyen’s microscope, they have successfully managed to taint OWS with the smear of anti-Semitism, and their Israel-centric view of the world is overwhelmingly prevalent among the decision-makers who enable the occupation and related horrors to continue with no end in sight.

    Thanks for the hard work – it makes for a fascinating read.

  6. Same old, same old.
    Labeling. Placing stickers just to stop any valid, justified critisism.
    Finding “enemy of ‘our’ people” and that does it.
    Gagging the opponets by placing the “Anti-Semite” label all over their mouths. That should do. That should keep them quiet.

  7. Ummmm…. It’s difficult not to come to some impressions when you’re down on Wall Street at closing time. There are an awful lot of long black coats, black hats, frilled shirts and curled locks that come out. And that’s presumably just the ones that are hard subscribers to their faith.

  8. Chaos4700 says:

    That was an incredibly incisive analysis.

  9. seanmcbride says:

    Wow — nice piece of analysis and right on the money. Great work.

  10. MRW says:

    Man, I can’t digest this. I need a bottle of something, need to do my chores (my wife does NOT understand I gained an extra hour in bed here), and then I will deal with the fact that the American Left just crossed some kind of Rubicon.

    PHAN NGUYEN cleaved it. Interesting that a Vietnamese had to do it for Americans.

    • LeaNder says:

      PHAN NGUYEN cleaved it. Interesting that a Vietnamese had to do it for Americans.

      very, very good analysis. But who is Phan? If you write Vietnamese, do you mean American with Vietnamese roots?

  11. yourstruly says:

    so it al boils down to a desperate last ditch attempt by the zionist/wall street cabal to defeat the occupy the world movement. whereas, here on the left, there’s a budding sense that the moment just might be upon us?

    the class war endangers jews? (history tells us this?)

    islamic jihadists = jewish anti-zionists?

    (what’s that about anyway, fomenting a jewish civil war? if so, they can forget it, because jewish-american support for occupy the world remains very strong. or are the zionists merely trying to fan the flames of antisemistism, figuring that the public, already profoundly anti wall street, will turn its wrath on leftists, jewish ones especially, thereby taking the pressure off the banksters as well as making sure that in the official narrative israel’s crimes are never mentioned & that the word palestine hardly ever appears; and, what the heck, should pogroms break out against jewish-leftist, the zionist entity israel can show its inner humanitariasm by offering sanctuary to those it’s branded self-haters, “living proof”, it’ll claim, that the only answer to the continued presence of virulent antisemitism is the existence of the “jewish homeland.”

    and the answer to zionism’s desperate last-ditch attempts to equate its opponents as either anti-semitic or self-haters?

    rebutting these attacks, of course, yet focusing even more on justice for palestine, such that the 1% no longer write the narrative, the 1% does

    forward ever, backward never?

    turnabout

    and

    • yourstruly says:

      make that -

      ….such that the 1% no longer write the narrative, the 99% do

      • yourstruly says:

        since occupy america already has its first victory

        bank of america aborting the 5 dollars a month it previously announced it would charge for credit cards

        why said cancellation?

        because in october alone a record number ( 650,000) of its 60 million cardholders closed their accounts, switching instead to either a credit union or small bank

        panic on the part of b of a.?

        might they know something that the occupy movement doesn’t?

        perhaps that the clock’s running out on them?

        now whose time has come?

  12. Sand says:

    Yes, a little too much to digest. But it certainly show how conjuring up the good ole character of Shylock — seems to works every time. Be ashamed you anti-semite for connecting Jews in any shape or form to Wall Street.

    Correct me if I’m wrong — so your overarching premise[?] “…You can say that Jews “”own”” Wall Street—or anything else about Jews—as long as you are a “friend of Israel.” I dunno — maybe “seem to run” would be a better word?

    Also, you said — “…I don’t know about Rush, but when I hear “banker,” I think banks…” You think of just banks? When I hear the word banks, I think of a system — a bloody shady system. My next thought is how does that system operate? Is there a hierarchy? Who are the main players, and how do they connect to other players in the system/network?

    “…a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. ..” Well, yes — especially at the upper echelon, basically the power brokers. “The statement alone is meaningless…, I totally agree.

    But, if you take the assertion that Limbaugh might be making and establishing a correlation between “ALL” Jews own the gears of capital — don’t you think you’re stretching it? The Jewish thought police [ADL] might want you to stretch that far — but do you really think that’s what Limbaugh was alluding to? He’s certainly not dumb — I mean the guy does want to keep his job.

    I think we keep falling into the trap — knowing we’ll easily be pushed into the corner, and then have our words twisted, that us non-Jews really hate ALL Jews underneath. It’s certainly a way to deflect us from looking at what is really going on! You’ve heard of the Italian and Russian Mafia, the Hell’s Angel’s — of course you have. So, are all Italians part of the Italian mafia — No! So, if someone dares asks the simple question if there could be a classic criminal tribal mafia network working inside Wall Street, would that be wrong?

    But, because it’s regarded as “classic anti-Semitism” — we are not allowed to touch it with a barge poll. What was Madoff’s scandal all about — yes Greed, but even in the Forward they surmised: “It was a crime built on an abundance of misplaced trust, one that allowed tribal fealty to eclipse responsible judgment…”, but that angle was never allowed to be explored in mainstream media.
    link to forward.com

    “…Many Jewish philanthropies are dependent on high-end donors in very close social and economic networks, and this guy [Madoff] is right in middle of them,” said Jewish philanthropy expert Gary Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research. “It’s like finding out that your father is a felon — this is bad news for the family.”
    link to forward.com

    Anyway, the guy basically got 150 years, because he agreed not to spill the beans and decided to take the fall. How the SEC got away with what they ignored, I will never know!

    And, now we have a new scandal with both financial and political network implications?

    “…In a major banking scandal, the commodities and derivatives brokerage house MF Global filed one of the largest bankruptcies in American corporate history, with almost $40 billion in liabilities. It was the largest failure on Wall Street since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global is Jon Corzine, a former New Jersey governor and U.S. senator. Corzine is also the former CEO of Goldman Sachs…”

    link to democracynow.org

    Do you think Corzine’s financial operation/network will be examined? But, remember he’s just a banker.

  13. RE: “Foxman has relentlessly attacked American Evangelicals—arguably the most pro-Jewish and pro-Israel people in America…” ~ Michael “The Plagiarist” Ledeen

    SEE: Inside CUFI’s 2011 Washington “Summit”, Special to JewsOnFirst.org, 07/29/11
    Our eyewitness report on Christians United For Israel’s annual Washington conference

    (excerpt)…And this is the rub – Christian Zionists love the idea of Jews – not Jews as they actually are, but as representatives of God’s ongoing truth and impending Christian salvation. They love religious Jews who, through the conflation of American and Israeli identities, many seem to think of as sharing the exact same values as them, minus Jesus. Whether it is CUFI on Campus students excitedly Tweeting “there are so many Jews here!” or women fawning over their new Star of David necklaces and sharing stories of possible Jewish lineage, it seems that actual interaction with Jews of diverse opinions is significantly lacking. So while conversion attempts are waning (some attendees expressed the idea that God is creating “one new man” with Christians and Jews as they are) there is still a need for conversion to the political philosophy of Christian Zionists. And this is where those Jews who are strong supporters of CUFI come in handy. They can criticize Jews to a far greater degree than any Christian Zionists would be willing to do. They can criticize Jews to a far greater degree than any Christian Zionists would be willing to do. Conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin [of the Washington Post] spent a great deal of her talk slamming her co-religionists for being naively liberal, and referencing her fellow panelist’s father’s book – Norman Podhoretz’s Why are Jews Liberal? – as a way to try and explain that they have fallen away from God and been captivated by the “religion of liberalism” to which the audience expressed considerable dismay.
    Rubin and others are useful for this kind of criticism because it allows them to express contempt for their fellow Jews, which coming out of the mouth of anyone else would, quite rightly, be considered anti-Semitism…

    ENTIRE REPORT – link to jewsonfirst.org

  14. Hostage says:

    When is it okay to say that Jews own Wall Street?

    When we build an Eruv around it. The Westside Eruv Expansion is an example. link to downtowneruv.org

    After the authorities extend it south to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Wall St. will be ours and we can quietly begin to “spirit the penniless population across the border”. See the interactive map here: link to maps.google.com