Black Lives Matter platform says Israel an ‘apartheid state’ committing ‘genocide’
JTA, Aug 3 2016
The wide-ranging new platform of a coalition growing out of the Black Lives Matter movement includes harsh criticism of Israel, which it describes as an “apartheid state” that, it claims, perpetrates “genocide” against the Palestinian people. Released Monday, the platform of the Movement for Black Lives calls for “an end to the war against Black people” and is the campaign’s first comprehensive document addressing specific federal policies. Black Lives Matter Network is one of over 50 black-led organizations in the coalition. While the majority of the document addresses issues other than Israel, the section on foreign policy, titled Invest-Divest, objects to Pindosi military aid to Israel, which it describes as “a state that practices systematic discrimination and has maintained a military occupation of Palestine for decades.” While the section addresses other foreign policy issues, particularly the movement’s objections to the drug war and the war on terror, it criticizes no foreign country other than Israel. The section also argues that Pindostan, because of its alliance with Israel, is “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” According to the platform, “Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people.” The platform claims Palestinian property is “routinely bulldozed to make way for illegal Israeli settlements” and that Israeli soldiers “regularly arrest and detain Palestinians as young as 4 years old without due process.“ It says “Everyday, Palestinians are forced to walk through military checkpoints along the Pindo-funded apartheid wall.” he section expresses support for BDS, and credits Adalah as one of its “authors & contributors.” The Movement for Black Lives describes itself on its website as “a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country.”
Rabbis Criticize Black Lives Matter For Israel ‘Genocide’ Accusation
Ben Sales, JTA, Aug 4 2016
NEW YORK — A rabbinic human rights group has criticized the platform of the Black Lives Matter movement for accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians. The platform, published Monday by a coalition of more than 50 organizations called the Movement for Black Lives, includes a section criticizing Pindosi aid to Israel, as well as Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. It calls on Pindostan to end military aid to Israel and Egypt, and accuses Israel of practising apartheid. The platform’s “Invest/Divest” section reads:
Pindostan justifies and advances the GWOT via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people. Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people.
In a statement Wednesday, T’ruah endorsed many of the platform’s demands concerning economic justice, mass incarceration and law enforcement, but criticized its section on Israel. T’ruah’s statement condemned Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, but said the group was “extremely dismayed at the decision to refer to the Israeli occupation as genocide.” T’ruah also criticized the platform for not mentioning Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians, including rocket attacks from Hamas, the militant group that governs Gaza. The statement added that T’ruah does not support BDS, the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Truah’s statement reads:
While we agree that the occupation violates the human rights of Palestinians, and has caused too many deaths, the Israeli government is not carrying out a plan intended to wipe out the Palestinians. One can vigorously oppose occupation without resorting to terms such as ‘genocide,’ and without ignoring the human rights violations of terrorist groups such as Hamas.
Although the Movement for Black Lives platform does not explicitly endorse BDS, it does call on activists to “build invest/divestment campaigns that end Pindosi Aid to Israel’s military industrial complex and any government with human rights violations.” The platform includes a link to the BDS movement website and credits Adalah as one of its “authors & contributors.” The Movement for Black Lives describes itself on its website as “a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country.”