Reader pushes back against BLM platform

Dear Editor:

For a Jew to stand for civil rights and against racism is always  admirable. However for a Jew to support Black Lives Matter (BLM) is myopic.  By supporting  Black Lives Matter,  a Jew is embracing BLM’s virulent anti-Semitism.

Just read the Platform of BLM which was promulgated in  2016 (see Tablet Magazine).  It could have been written by Hamas, whose Charter in Article 7 mandates the murder of every Jew on earth, and it sounds like “Mein Kampf.”

It declares that the Jewish people of Israel perpetrate genocide against Palestinian Arabs and that Israel is an apartheid state.

That same BLM Platform supports Omar Barghouti’s anti-Semitic genocidal BDS movement. Barghouti, the co-founder of BDS, has said the SOLE purpose of BDS is the euthanasia of the Zionist dream of Israel. A student of history, Barghouti knows full well that the Nazi T4 Euthanasia Program  was the foundation of the “Final Solution” of the Jews as enacted in the Wannsee Protocol in January 1942. Barghouti’s use of the word “euthanasia” leaves no doubt he co-founded BDS to continue the anti-Semitic elimination mission formalized by Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann at the Wannsee Conference.

One can certainly stand for  for Civil Rights on many fronts today and with many worthwhile organizations without getting in bed with the foundational anti-Semitism of BLM.

At  this time of unrest,  it is worth remembering  an Op-Ed by Congressman John Lewis  in the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2002. In that Op Ed  commemorating Martin Luther King Day, Congressman Lewis recalled the wise and prescient words of Dr. King spoken at Harvard a few weeks before his death: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews; you’re talking anti-Semitism”.

Taking something off its website is NOT revocation. It is just a PR move identical to the Nazis “sprucing up” Theresiennstadt in June 1944 before the Red Cross arrived. Just as the Red Cross was conned by the Nazis in 1944, many Jews today are conned by BLM’s PR move.

Not that many years ago many prominent Jews including rabbis made excuses for anti-Semites. It was called the Judenrat. We know how that worked out.

Richard Sherman

Margate, Florida 

(Editor’s note: As always, the views expressed in letters to the editor are not necessarily those of the CCJN, but are published in the interest of maintaining a dialog with our readers. Letters submitted are subject to editing for anything that might be considered false or libelous and for length.)

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