Over the last two days, since my publication of this article attacking the thread of outright antisemitism within the Occupy Norwich movement, some people have questioned my judgement. Is it genuinely antisemitic to assert that the Goldmans, the Lehmans, the Rothschilds, the Warburgs and the Lazards control – in circumstances shrouded in “mystery” – more than thirty global corporations, the United States’ Federal Reserve System, most of its member banks, and global political organisations including the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and NATO? Is it genuinely antisemitic to say that these Jewish families, in the article’s own words, “dominate the world”?
Yesterday, I looked a little deeper into the matter. I shan’t take back one word of my argument. To take one of these assertions, without which the house of cards presumably collapses, the Anti-Defamation League - the United States’ leading opponent of antisemitism - has been aware of the accusation that those specific five Jewish families (plus a few others, mostly also Jewish) control the Federal Reserve System for almost three decades. This article of theirs demonstrates the flaccid impotence of the argument. (Even if it was true, by the way, after twenty-eight years it would no longer be news.)
Additionally, this week I have been challenged to come up with an article on who actually does exert all of this control over the globe. In other words, in a tête-à-tête between me and a collection of spurious racist falsehoods, asserted with absolutely no evidence, the burden of proof rests with me. “Who else is it, other than wealthy Jews?” I decline even to begin with that.
I have written to the organisers of Occupy Norwich on this matter, and I await their response. Neither am I alone in having noticed this streak. For now, I think that they have quite a nerve, claiming to speak for “the 99%” while harbouring racist nonsense. They don’t speak for me, and I trust you wouldn’t allow them to speak for you – at least until they retract their links to this article (and other antisemitic assertions) and offer a full apology.