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Will Democrats Denounce Bigotry at the Occupy Wall Street Protests?

4:01 PM, Oct 17, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Last week, the Emergency Committee for Israel released this ad, calling attention to the anti-Semitism present at the Occupy Wall Street protests and asking Democratic politicians who have embraced the movement to denounce these individuals:

"Why are our leaders turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks?" the ad asks. "Tell president Obama and Leader Pelosi to stand up to the mob. Hate is not an American value."

The ad is now on broadcasting on air in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Yet Democrats, including the president of the United States, seem only to be tightening their embrace of these folks. "President Obama and his team have decided to turn public anger at Wall Street into a central tenet of their reelection strategy," the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The next day, President Obama invoked Martin Luther King Jr. in praising the protesters.

"If [MLK] were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company’s union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain," Obama said. 

Yet none of the Democratic politicians who seek to use the protest for their own political gain have spoken out against the anti-Semitism--the pure, unadulterated bigotry--witnessed at the Occupy Wall Street protests. 

So the question remains: Will Democrats denounce bigotry at the Occupy Wall Street protests?

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