Liberal Jews who support Black Lives Matter have been surprised to learn that the organization is anti-Semitic and has an anti-Israel agenda, “The Washington Times” reported. The agenda, which is clearly laid out on the BLM website is now being criticized in the Jewish community after synagogues were spray painted with “Kill the Jews” during BLM protests–a fact not covered by American news media.
“The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people,” according to its online “Invest-Divest” policy brief.
Through foreign aid to Israel, which the platform describes as an “apartheid state,” Americans are made “complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government,” the brief says. The strong anti-Israel language stunned liberal Jews, many of whom have expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement’s protests against shootings by police of unarmed black men.
“It is a real tragedy that Black Lives Matter — which has done so much good in raising awareness of police abuses — has now moved away from its central mission and has declared war against the nation state of the Jewish people,” said Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan M. Dershowitz in “The Boston Globe.”
Israeli-born philanthropist and activist Adam Milstein, who lives in Los Angeles, was quoted in the Times of Israel as calling out the targeting of synagogues during recent Black Lives Matter protests.
“The Jewish community is in denial. The fact that synagogues got tagged and Jewish businesses were looted with signs saying ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Kill the Jews’ is no coincidence The rioters are Antifa and Black Matter and they are inherently antisemitic.”
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He called on the Movement for Black Lives coalition to rescind the anti-Israel component of the platform, backed by 67 groups, including Color of Change, which is funded by top Democratic Party donors George Soros and the Center for American Progress.
The liberal Ford Foundation announced last month that it would partner with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center and Benedict Consulting on a six-year commitment to fund “the organizations and networks that compose the Movement for Black Lives.”
Although Dershowitz said that many Black Lives Matter supporters “may have no idea what the platform says,” he described the platform as “the closest thing to a formal declaration of principles by Black Lives Matter.” The organization’s leaders are also avowed Marxists.
“The genocide paragraph may well have been injected by radicals who are not representative of the mainstream,” he said. “But now that it has officially been published, all decent supporters of Black Lives Matter — and there are many — must demand its removal.”
One of the platform’s authors, Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, said that black activists feel connected to the Palestinian conflict.
“The way we look at it is, we take strong stances,” Ndugga-Kabuye told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “The demand we’re making is we’re against the U.S. continuing funding and military aid to the government of Israel. These are all things that are going to be in debate.”
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice