Because the sentiment is blissfully relegated so far to the fringes of free society, charging a group with antisemitism remains the surefire way to de-legitimize any ideological bloc, however new or old. But it’s a hard charge to pin on Occupy Wall Street, the right side of the internet (e.g.) notwithstanding.
Like any decentralized movement, and God knows like the tea party, our friends at Zucotti Park will have their share of deranged hangers-on. But it would be a mistake to confuse the peripheral attendees trying to usurp the movement’s momentum with the centrally sanctioned message, such as it is. If you look to Occupy Wall Street’s official events — and those do exist — you’ll see Sukkot services in portable sukkahs (above), prayer sessions over the High Holidays, and other indicators pointing to the absence of any real religious divide in the camp.
Confusing the fringe for the center: I thought that was the go-to trick of the “liberal” media in handling the tea party. Though their fringe has long since moved to the center.