Update 5/21: A previous version of this article included the title “Black Lives Matter Declares ‘Solidarity’ With Terrorists In Israel Conflict.” Black Lives Matter did not declare their “solidarity” with Hamas, they declared their “solidarity” with Palestinians. The RFAngle has changed the title to reflect this.
The official Black Lives Matter organization declared its “solidarity” with Palestinians on Monday, essentially backing the Hamas terrorists in the ongoing conflict in Israel.
BLM’s official Twitter account noted that it “always will be” partnered with the cause of “Palestinian liberation.”
“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. (always have. And always will be),” the organization said.
The sentiment echoes that of other progressive organizations and legislators, including Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), a member of the progressive and radical “squad” who spoke out against Israel on the House floor, where she praised a Palestinian-American activist affiliated with Black Lives Matter who previously called for the death of police officers, and on Twitter, where she compared the conflict in Gaza to riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Individual Black Lives Matter organizations have also declared their own allegiance to Hamas and its causes. BLM of Patterson, New Jersey, was perhaps the most vocal, issuing a lengthy statement on the “occupation” and calling Israel a “repressive apparatus.”
Black Lives Matter Paterson condemns the ongoing violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem by the state of Israel and stands in solidarity with those fighting occupation. We as an organization believe in the freedom to worship and a life free from fear of expulsion and violence. The scenes coming out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli soldiers are using excessive force against Palestinian worshippers, harkens to our struggle against a repressive state apparatus. BLM Paterson also condemns the current situation in the Sheikh Jarrah enclave where Israeli settlers are forcibly evicting residents from their ancestral homes.
That BLM branch went into detail about how the Black Lives Matter movement and Palestinian cause are connected, citing the Black Panthers movement of the 1970s.
Our deep roots of solidarity are part of a rich tradition of mutual support and exchange between Palestine and US-based liberation movements, from the Black Panthers to the most recent communication between activists in Gaza and Ferguson, MO. Our struggles are connected in many ways, not least because the same Israeli forces forcibly expelling the original inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah train repressive police forces around the world, including the US.
Black Lives Matter, as an organization, has been involved with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the groups inception. According to the Atlantic, when the group formed in the mid-2010s, it gathered to lay out its political agenda and made sure that a statement on Israel was included.
“One week after the drafting committee released its political platform-a long document that covers everything from U.S. policing to education reform to mass incarceration-the activists felt they needed another ‘deep internal discussion,’ as they called it, on one small section toward the end: their statement on Israel and Palestine,” the outlet noted.
Progressive politicians have been outspoken on their desire to see the United States to either cut its ties or weaken its affiliation with and support for Israel. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), also a member of the “squad” who has made anti-Semitic remarks about fellow members of Congress, met with President Joe Biden briefly on Tuesday morning when Biden landed in Michigan for a speech, likely about Biden’s decision to stay largely silent on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
One of the big lies that is being pushed by the media and BLM is that Israel is an “apartheid state,” this allegation was made when Rep. Tlaib said “It is our duty to end the apartheid system that for decades has subjected Palestinians to inhumane treatment and racism,” and the self proclaimed “comedian” John Oliver falsely claimed that “Palestinians are essentially being governed by a form of apartheid.”
This argument is nothing more than an anti-Semitic gesture to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist.
“Apartheid” is a South African term describing a system of institutionalized segregation based on race which was imposed in South Africa from 1948 until the 1990s. Apartheid included the prohibition of marriage between whites and people of other races, required black people to hold permits to run businesses in areas deemed “white South Africa,” and imposed segregation in public transportation, education, and hospitals.
If Israel was an apartheid state, Arabs in Israel wouldn’t have equal voting rights, and Israel is one of the few countries in the Middle East where Arab women are permitted to vote. four members of the Knesset are members of “Ra’am – United Arab List.” In term of demographics, approximately 75% of Israel’s population is Jewish, while almost 21% are Arab of any religion other than Judaism.
Rich Lowry of National Review noted, “Arab Israelis are full participants in Israeli society.” He went on, “There are Arab justices on the Supreme Court. About 20 percent of doctors in Israel and about half of pharmacists are Arab,” Lowery added. “Roughly 17 percent of students seeking an undergraduate degree are Arab, a number that has roughly doubled over the past decade.”
Critics will also reference how the Palestinian territories are proof that Israel enforces apartheid. However, the Gaza Strip is entirely under Palestinian control, and Israel withdrew from the region in 2005 to peruse peace. Military control of the region only occurred after Israel successfully repelled an Arab invasion during the 1967 Six-Day War. The notion that Muslim nations can repeatedly invade Israel, retreat after being defeated, and still claim “ownership” is ridiculous.
According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, there are two contemporary examples of anti-Semitism in public life which are relevant to accusation of “apartheid.” First, is denying the Jewish people their right to self- determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor, and the other is to draw comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
The “critics” of Israel has made their point very clear, they seek to destroy the one place which essentially originated not only Judaism, but Christianity and Islam.