|Marching up LaSalle Street this afternoon|
After some dull announcements regarding points of order that reminded me of why I never was interested in running for student council back in the day, it was time for some "open-microphone" rave-ups on the corner of Jackson and LaSalle--the heart of Chicago's financial district.
The speakers were given two minutes to rant, Betty, who didn't give here last name, took three minutes and forty seconds. "The city of Chicago is guilty of supporting the Israelis." She is referring to Israel's "occupation of the Palestinian lands." I don't quite follow how Chicago is "guilty" here. And just what does this have to do with Wall Street bankers?
"As you know, the U.S is eager to make money from the Middle East," Betty says. "For that reason they need Israel," she adds. "Israel is a base," she continues, "for US aggression in the Middle East and North Africa." Because of these "crimes," Betty says the OccupyChicago crowd should protest an Israeli film festival occurring nearby.
Why are the Israelis sponsoring this festival? "This is not an act of innocence," Betty explains, "it's an attempt to soften the hatred of Israel, which is well-known to the Israelis--they're very upset. Especially since their crimes have become well known with the attempt to help the people of Gaza with the flotilla."
That flotilla "attempt" was a terror convoy.
As for the chanting: Is indoctrination taking place here?
Does one person speak for OccupyChicago and OccupyWallStreet? Of course not.
But can you hear anyone raising objections to her views? No, they just chanted along. Oh, you can see a Palestinian flag, or part of one, on the bottom part of the screen about half-way through the video.
The chanters reminded me of the mindless sheep in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
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