As the old Tom Lehrer song, National Brotherhood Week put it, “Everybody hates the Jews”. That’s something that’s becoming sadly more true in recent years, as the scourge of anti-Semitism continues to fester on the right – and spread like a black stain across the left.
But, as it turns out, some folks are a lot more likely to hate the Jews than others. Black Americans are four times more likely than whites to fall into the category of “most-anti-Semitic”. This holds true at all educational levels. These are no small numbers, either: even among college-educated blacks, 1 in 5 appear to be raging Jew-haters. Mainstream black spokesmen like Jesse Jackson and especially Louis Farrakhan have made appallingly anti-Semitic public statements.
So, it’s both unsurprising and alarming when the mainstream black political movement in the US – the violent conspiracy theory calling itself Black Lives Matter – is not just awash with cash, but cosying up to anti-Jewish movements around the world.
BLM recently issued a report announcing that it had raised $90 million last year. The report detailed spending that amounts to just $30 million.
This leaves the foundation about $60 million to spend that is not detailed.
Where will the money go? BLM supports some disturbing policies and boasts some sinister backers and friends.
For instance, there’s their spiritual leader, Joanne “Assata Shakur” Chesimard, a convicted terrorist on the run in communist Cuba. BLM also campaigns for the release of other convicted terrorists.
Former domestic terrorist Susan Rosenberg was listed in the BLM’s Board of Directors as recently as June. Rosenberg, a member of the M19 Communist organization that set off a bomb at the U.S. Capitol in 1983, served 16 years in federal prison for her role in a bank robbery in which a guard and two police officers were killed.
But it’s who they’re making friends with overseas that is truly worrisome.
The BLM foundation in 2016 came out in support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
What does the anti-Semitic BDS have to do with black Americans? Nothing, except a mutual interest in hating Jews, it seems.
In an interview broadcast on Al Jazeera, foundation Executive Director Patrisse Cullors reaffirmed the BLM’s commitment to BDS. “We realized we all need to take our solidarity a step further,” she said. A trip to the Middle East “transformed how we understood the Palestinian struggle, but also understood it in relationship to black people’s struggle inside the U.S.”
In 2015, Cullors traveled with a group of activists to the West Bank to meet with BDS leader Omar Barghouti. And though BDS casts itself as a non-violent movement, Barghouti considers any armed struggle against Israel “a legitimate right.” He refused to condemn violence committed by groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad against Israelis.
Cullors expressed her true feelings regarding Israel after the trip: “This is an apartheid state. We can’t deny that and if we do deny it we are a part of the Zionist violence.”
The Israeli government believes that BDS’s ultimate goal is the eradication of the Jewish state, which Barghouti acknowledges: “We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.”
Given that their motto for “Palestine” is “from the river to the sea” (the river Jordan to the Mediterranean), that clearly means the total obliteration of the Jewish nation.
In his song Good Evening Mr. Waldheim, Lou Reed questioned the gullibility of Jewish liberals who supported black movements while so many black Americans hated Jews. That song hasn’t lost its bite.
It’s unclear how much those $30 donors know about the broader political views held by Black Lives Matter leaders. You may ask why is it important to know the BLM’s views on such issues? Because, often, when it comes to causes, where the heart goes, so goes the money.The Investigative Project on Terrorism
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