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Banking protest mural resembling Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda to be removed
10-08-2012, 09:38 PM,
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Banking protest mural resembling Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda to be removed
Quote:A mural depicting money-grabbing bankers will be removed following complaints that it resembles the anti-Semitic propaganda of Nazi Germany.

The provocative painting has appeared on a wall in the predominantly Muslim area of Brick Lane in East London, once a thriving Jewish community.

The mural, by international graffiti artist Mear One, shows moustachioed and hooked-nosed bankers huddled around a Monopoly board supported on the backs of the working class, seemingly drawing on long outdated Jewish stereotypes.

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Now the artist has been accused of anti-Semitism, a claim he vehemently denies.

But with its continued presence causing public tolerance to fray, council bosses have set a deadline for its removal.

Mear One - real name Kalen Ockerman - completed the painting last month in an area steeped in Jewish history.

Orthodox immigrants fleeing persecution in Tsarist Russia first settled in Brick Lane in the 1880s and the area remained a proud Jewish neighbourhood until the 1960s.

Local councillor and long-term resident Peter Golds has urged the police to pursue the inflammatory artist under race hate laws.

He said: ‘When I saw the mural I was shocked. It’s horribly similar to the propaganda used by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

‘The money hoarding and hooked-nosed men is classic Nazi.

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‘It’s seriously worrying in an area that is so culturally sensitive - Brick Lane was home to the Jewish community and now home to another immigrant group.

He added: ‘It’s intensely racist and has caused a great deal of offence.

‘These horrible stereotypes are not just unpleasant and divisive, they are dangerous as they feed prejudice.’

Lutfur Rahman, the Tower Hamlets mayor, confirmed he had received ‘large numbers’ of negative comments about the mural.

He said: ‘I have received a number of complaints that the mural has anti-Semitic images. I share these concerns. Whether intentional or otherwise, the images of the bankers perpetuate anti-Semitic propaganda about conspiratorial Jewish domination of financial and political institutions.

‘Where freedom of expression runs the risk of inciting racial hatred then it is right that such expression should be curtailed. I have asked my officers to do everything possible to see to it that this mural is removed.’

The Revd. Preb. Alan Green, Area Dean of Tower Hamlets and Rector of St John on Bethnal Green, who serves as Chair of the No Place For Hate Forum, said: “Whilst I appreciate street art in Tower Hamlets, it must always respect the principles of our diverse community. This mural uses images that have for centuries been used to incite hatred and persecution against Jewish communities. There is no place for such incitement against any community in this borough”.

But Mr Ockerman claims his mural has been misunderstood and, while it is supposed to provoke critical thought and debate, is not supposed to be anti-Semitic.

He said: ‘A group of conservatives do not like my mural and are playing a race card with me.’

By way of explaination the artist, who has been labelled ‘The Michelangelo of Graffiti’ wrote under a video of him creating the artwork on You Tube:

He said: ‘My mural is about class & privilege. The banker group is made up of Jewish & white Anglos. For some reason they are saying I am anti semetic[sic]. This I am most defenatly[sic] not.

‘I believe in equality and brother & sisterhood on a global scale. What I am against is class.’

The council has served a notice on the owner of the building to remove the painting within 28 days. If this is not done by 28 days then the council will take further action.

A council spokesperson said: ‘The mural in Hanbury Street is not on council property but we are responding to a number of complaints about it. We are working with the police in order to establish how best to proceed.’

Mr Ockerman asked supporters to ‘rally’ at the mural and stop any attempts to remove it.

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10-08-2012, 09:53 PM,
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RE: Banking protest mural resembling Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda to be removed
How frustrating that has to be for mear one. Sad I'm kinda shocked by this, yet know I shouldn't be...Tear *sighs...

Thanks for posting this tri...



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10-08-2012, 11:31 PM,
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RE: Banking protest mural resembling Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda to be removed
I read it, and I read "anti-Semite" 6 times, and "Jewish" 8. Could they throw it into such a short article more?
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10-09-2012, 02:32 AM,
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Thanks for the post

and thanks April for the YouTube
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10-09-2012, 06:28 PM,
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RE: Banking protest mural resembling Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda to be removed
Soon it will be a hate crime punishable as a felony, if not death, to simply question a Jew. After all, if yo question them, you are actually attempting to criticise them, and to criticise Jews is anti-Semitic, since the Nazis have done that! At least they say the Nazis did that... We will not know, we cannot question them to find out the truth, after all, that is a hate crime... Or at least will be.

I love how the idiot is saying "They painting Jews as bankers, which is like Nazi propaganda and insulting!" and then starts crying while muttering every worthless word he can, such as "anti-Semitic". I would like to ask people like that "Is it really propaganda and stereotyping when the vast majority of bankers,or at least the heads of banks and financial institutions, are still Jews?" The answer, of course, is a non-answer full of slandering, defaming words designed to demagogue peoples' sentiment towards protecting the "poor bullied hated Jews the whole world is against".
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. - Henry L. Mencken

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. - Henry L. Mencken
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