Black Lives Matter must rescind anti-Israel declaration (extract)
Alan Dershowitz, Boston Globe, Aug 12 2016
[…] Genocide means the deliberate extermination of a race, such as done by Nazi Germany to Jews and Sinti and Roma or by the Hutu against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It has no application to deaths caused by self-defense measures taken to protect citizens against terrorism. To falsely accuse Israel of “genocide” — the worst crime of all, and the crime whose very name was coined to describe the systematic murder of 6 million Jews — is anti-Semitic. Until and unless Black Lives Matter removes this blood libel from its platform and renounces it, no decent person — black, white, or of any other racial or ethnic background — should have anything to do with it. We should continue to fight against police abuses by supporting other organizations or forming new ones. But we must not become complicit in the promotion of anti-Semitism just because we agree with the rest of the Black Lives Matter program.
To support an organization or movement that promotes anti-Semitism because it also supports good causes is the beginning of the road to accepting racism. Many racist groups have also promoted causes that deserve support. The Black Panthers had breakfast programs for inner-city children, while advocating violence against whites. And the Ku Klux Klan organized summer camps for working-class families, while advocating violence against blacks. There must be zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, regardless of the race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation of the bigots who promote, practice or are complicit with it. Being on the right side of one racial issue does not give one a license to be on the wrong side of the oldest bigotry. To give Black Lives Matter a pass on its anti-Jewish bigotry would be to engage in racism. Black anti-Semitism is as inexcusable as white anti-Semitism or white racism. There can be no double standard when it comes to bigotry.
I write this column both in sorrow and in anger. In sorrow because I support the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement — I have long been involved in efforts to expose and prevent police abuses — and worry that this obnoxious and divisionary platform plank may destroy its credibility with regard to police abuse in America by promoting deliberate lies about Israel. It is also alienating Jewish and other supporters who could help them achieve their goals here at home — as many such individuals have historically done in actively supporting all aspects of the civil rights movement. I write it in anger because there is never an excuse for bigotry and for promoting blood libels against the Jewish people and their state. It must stop. And those who engage in it must be called out for condemnation. Black Lives Matter should rescind the portions of the platform that falsely accuse Israel of genocide and apartheid. If it does not, it risks ending in the dustbin of history, along with other discredited bigoted groups.
Dershowitz: Cut Ties with Black Lives Matter over Anti-Israel Platform
Joel Pollak, Breitbart, Aug 12 2016
Alan Dershowitz, the renowned civil libertarian, defense lawyer, and Democrat, has called on political leaders to cut ties with the Black Lives Matter movement until it rescinds its anti-Israel platform, which accuses the Jewish state of “genocide.” Hillary Clinton, whom Dershowitz has supported for many years, has embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, recently inviting the so-called “Mothers of the Movement” to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
However, now Dershowitz is arguing that the Black Lives Movement is a stain on anyone associated with it, given its embrace of rabidly anti-Israel positions that are not only at odds with reality, but discriminate against Jews. Dershowitz’s call is not aimed directly at Clinton, but includes her among those to whom the demand is generally addressed. For years, Dershowitz called upon Hillary Clinton to dissociate herself from the radical anti-Israel and antisemitic views of Max Blumenthal, the son of her close adviser, Sydney Blumenthal. Recovered e-mails from Clinton’s private server reveal that she often discussed Max Blumenthal’s views, and those of other Israel critics. Finally, in early July, Clinton distanced herself publicly from Max Blumenthal’s ideas, after Blumenthal slandered the late Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. However, convincing Clinton to cut ties with Black Lives Matter may prove more difficult — as difficult as it will be to convince the movement to drop its hateful rhetoric from its platform.