Editor note: The Occupy Wall Street press team send Ben Lorber the following email in response to questions regarding his post Flotilla controversy within Occupy Wall Street shows Palestine continues to be a fault line:
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From: Press <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 1:08 AM
Subject: Re: Reporter Inquiry- deleted #FreedomWaves Tweet
To: Ben Lorber
Sorry for the delay.
Many people involved in OWS support the liberation of Palestine and many other freedom movements around the world. However, since we have grown very quickly as an organization, we have not been able to come to consensus on certain issues that are outside the scope of the original message of OWS, which has dealt with the American financial crisis, democracy and wealth inequality. The flotilla actions are something that we have not had time to discuss or come to a cohesive policy on, but that does not mean that we do not fundamentally support it.
The tweet was erased because there was discussion about how it was not appropriate to address this issue on these large public social media accounts until we had agreement from the group on our exact stance on these kinds of international conflicts.
Even though this account states that it is not the official opinion of OWS, we thought it appropriate to be careful about this since those accounts tend to be perceived as the voice of OWS.
Let me know if you need any other info that would be helpful.
Occupy Wall Street: www.occupywallst.org
New York General Assembly: http://nycga.cc/