A spokesman for the Occupy Tampa movement denied any affiliation with an anti-Semitic cartoon that was posted on a Facebook page believed to have belonged to the movement.
On Thursday, a Facebook page claiming to belong to Tampa's Occupy Wall Street chapter posted a cartoon depicting a Jewish man with a large nose driving a car with the symbol of the United Nations as the wheel and U.S. President Barack Obama's head as the stick shift.
The post sparked heavy criticism and more than 400 people commented on the image less than four hours after its posting. Most users expressed their outrage at the occupy movement for posting this anti-Semitic cartoon, and noted the especially inappropriate timing – Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"This is not a post made by Occupy Tampa," a spokesman told The Algemeiner.
"We’ve asked people to leave Occupy Tampa for doing the kinds of things that we are now being accused of doing as a movement," he said.
Moreover, a different Facebook page claiming to be the official Occupy Tampa movement's page posted a message denying its affiliation with the posting of the cartoon.
"Nobody from Occupy Tampa knows the origin of the anti-semitic image supposedly posted to our Facebook page. Our best guess is that it originated from a libelous agent provocateur. We have no reason to believe it came from any Occupy Tampa site."
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