‘Occupy LA’ Organizers Denounce Protester’s Anti-‘Zionist’ Comments

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Organizers of the Occupy Los Angeles movement distanced themselves Friday from a protester who said Jews have hijacked the nation’s monetary system and should be expelled from the U.S.

At the site of an Occupy Los Angeles protest Oct. 12, Patricia McAllister told an interviewer from the website Reason.tv, “I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government — they need to be run out of this country

In subsequent remarks, McAllister condemned Jews without including the Zionist qualifier.

“Jews have been run out of 109 countries throughout history, and we need to run them out of this one,” she told Fox11 Tuesday.

McAllister’s comments prompted Amanda Susskind, the Anti-Defamation League’s Los Angeles regional director, to call on those “more directly affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy LA movements” to “denounce any expressions of anti-Semitism during the protests.”

Unsigned comments posted Thursday on its website, OccupyLosAngeles.org, said “Ms. McAllister in no way reflects the thinking of anyone I’ve spoken to since the beginning of this experiment in direct democracy. If someone with similar views makes themselves known, they will be asked to find another venue.”

“If there are people who have used the Occupation Movement as a vehicle to make inappropriate remarks elsewhere, especially over the Internet, we can only denounce them and their message. Consider this a formal denouncement,” the website also added.

McAllister was fired as a Los Angeles Unified School District substitute teacher on Tuesday — before she made her comments to Fox11.

Superintendent John Deasy acknowledged McAllister’s free-speech rights, but condemned her remarks, saying “We will never stand for behavior that is disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory.”

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  • Ray

    This is what this movement is all about to promote their hate it is time to stop this nonsense and send these people home.

    • Johnny Popp

      NO, I HATE and disention is what YOU are about “Ray!”
      Read the article… Racism and Bigotry such as YOU are now spouting is and wad denounced by those who are protesting to get Money Out of Politics and take back OUR Country from the 1%

      • Dufus

        But don’t the Jews put Money IN to Politics and are the 1%?

        So the Occupy whatever, is all about anti-semetism.

        Hitler rose to power in much the same way as the Occupy whatever are doing. (see Hitler’s Rise to Power).

  • 1900innoho

    They should occupy their time looking for work instead of making the city look like a slum! Let’s get real here, folks. No one is ENTITLED to anything in life. Grow up. Life at times is hard and not fair. Move on.

    • Christina39

      You are very right. No one is entitled to anything and that includes exploiting people with greed and corruption and manipulation. No group of people is entitled or “Chosen” to use their position to exploit and destroy another group.

  • San

    O Dear, They need to have life if nothing else. Emotional People’s wrong reasons….. They need to go home and think of something beneficial to the society.

  • Mero

    You ppl dont have any idea what this movement is about.

    • Christina39

      Tell us.

  • wobbles

    Look mayor Villaloser. This is the kind of person YOU have misused taxpayer dollars to support.

  • Johnny Popp

    ALL of You are Writing about Hate, Bigotry and Ignorance to what the Movement is REALLY about need to Realize that unless YOU have a FAT Bank Account ~ WE are Protesting fo9r YOU, for YOUR Ights, to give the United States BACK to ME and to YOU!
    Wake up America it’s YOUR savings, 401K’s and MORE that that Wall Styreet is playing Poker with and THEY ARE THE ONLY WINNERS IN THE GAME ~ YOU ARE THE LOSERS EVERY TIME!

    • wobbles

      I’m kinda irritated by calling yourselves theb 99%. I’m certainly not in that 1% of fat cats, but I’m offended by being lumped in with the 50% here who don’t(or in many cases won’t) work and who make a living by getting a check stolen from my wages that should be used to support my family instead of theirs.

      There’s the 1% of rich. The 50% of entitlement leaches, and the 49% of the rest of us who get no breaks and are expected to pay the way of deadbeats.

    • Adrian

      Good stuff.

  • Windmill

    Time to face reality . Look around you and take notice of who is sitting on all levels of government , From city council members all the way to the top of our country . There will always be a jew planted right in the middle of decision making and planning of Americas future . Notice that I’m just pointing jews out but i’m not saying anything derogatory about jews . Just notice !

    • Christina39

      I noticed a long time ago.

  • Bonnie

    Why don’t all of you jew haters do the right thing and boycott everything Jewish ? PLEASE ! No movies, tv, books, science, inventions, medical, technological that was ever invented by a Jew. Please do yourself a favor, and then let me know how far you’d get by boycotting a race that has contributed more to society than any other group of people !

  • Doug

    Boycott Disney and the greedy board of directors that run it.

  • Doug

    Boycott Disney and the greedy board of directors that have raped it.

  • Jesse

    With all the people out there protesting this artical focuses on one that does not represent the group at all. Notice how the artical shapes opinion and fuals anger. CBS is manipulating public opinion.

    • Christina39

      I agree with Jesse. They are focusing on one person who can fuel everyone’s anger so that the whole movement is then discredited. Articles are appearing everywhere now making this a neo nazi movement instead of a movement to get rid of the crooks running America’s monetary system. Now they can use a “hot” word like neo nazi. It’s an old trick.

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