The word that comes to mind to describe this “occupation”—and the feeble mayoral response enabling it—is chutzpah.
Israel, as occupier, has been accused of expropriating Palestinian land, committing wanton violence against innocent Palestinian children, building a successful state on the backs of displaced Palestinian homesteaders. If any of this were true, chutzpah wouldn’t begin to describe it.
One thing the OWS people do know is that their movement is anything but unobtrusive. They need to obstruct others in order to get the notice they want, the payback they seem to expect. Their methods, if not their motives, are no less tainted than those they and their ilk attribute to the Jewish state.
Occupation is a dirty word. And it applies perfectly to the squatters in Zuccotti Park.
Ziona Greenwald is a full-time mother who has worked as a court attorney and magazine editor. She currently does freelance writing and editing from her home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.