As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue to grow in numbers and in cities throughout the U.S., the Republican National Committee criticized Democrats for failing to rebuke instances of anti-Semitism.
Where's the outrage, the RNC asked in a memo.
The memo includes links to YouTube videos accusing Occupy Wall Street demonstrators of making critical remarks about Zionists and Jews controlling banks and financial institutions.
In one called Hate at Occupy Wall Street, uploaded by the conservative Emergency Committee for Israel, remarks by Democratic elected officials supporting the demonstrations are followed by a montage of what is happening at the Occupy Wall Street protests, according to a narrator.
One protester is shown allegedly yelling Jews control Wall Street. There are also pictures of signs asking people to Google: Wall St. Jews
Another protester is shown arguing with an older man wearing a yarmulke who called the young man a bum. The demonstrator responded, you're a bum, Jew. A full version of the exchange shows the demonstrator identifying himself as Jewish as well.
Another video from libertarian publication Reason TV shows a brief clip of an interview it conducted with a Los Angeles protester, in which she identified herself and saying that Zionist Jews who run the Federal Reserve and banks need to be run out of this country.
Democrats were quick to single out any instances of perceived extremism among Tea Party supporters, but with Occupy Wall Street, they turn a blind eye, the memo from Tuesday read.
Democrats' Response: GOP Trying to Distract Attention From OWS's Powerful Message - Inequality
A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raised funds off its support of the occupy Wall Street protests, told Politico that the RNC is trying to distract from the demonstrators' message of economic inequality.
Republicans are casually throwing around discredited accusations of anti-Semitism against top Jewish leaders in an attempt to distract from the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans are rightfully angry about Republican economic policies that led to lower home values and incomes, fewer jobs and weaker retirement savings, DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson told Politico.
ADL: No Widespread Anti-Semitism at OWS Protests
The Anti-Defamation League defended the Occupy Wall Street protests against allegations of anti-Semitism, saying that as the rallies grow, people seeking to blame economic problems on Jews can be expected.
Thus far, however, anti-Semitism has not gained traction more broadly with the protestors, nor is it representative of the larger movement at this time, the ADL said in a statement Monday.
The ADL said the same of the Tea Party protests in 2009 when white supremacist groups and supporters tried to latch onto the anti-government movement.