Russell Simmons Defends Occupy Wall Street Against Anti-Semitism Charges

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has never been shy about his beliefs and pet causes. Lately, he’s been seen spending lots of time with the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City, providing them with a very high profile voice and face as media scrutiny of the protest movement continues to escalate. Yesterday, Simmons was interviewed by MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir, who asked him if he had seen or heard anti-semetic messages being spread by the protesters. The question clearly took Simmons by surprise, but his response was, as always, eloquent, thoughtful, and heartfelt. Check out the video after the jump …

What do you think? Is Simmons right that the anti-semetic messages he was shown are just the work of infiltrators and not indicative of what’s really happening with OWS?

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