Black Lives Matter's Anti-Israel Declaration

(Boston Globe) Alan M. Dershowitz - Black Lives Matter has now moved away from its central mission and has declared war against the nation state of the Jewish people. In a recently issued "platform," more than 60 groups that form the core of the Black Lives Matter movement went out of their way to single out one foreign nation to accuse of genocide and apartheid. It wasn't the Syrian government, which has killed tens of thousands of innocent people with barrel bombs, chemicals, and gas. Nor was it Saudi Arabia, which openly practices gender and religious apartheid. It wasn't Iran, which hangs gays and murders dissidents. Nor was it Hamas-controlled Gaza, where the police act as judge, jury and executioner of those whose politics or religious practices they disapprove. It was only Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic. But singling Israel out and falsely accusing it of "genocide" can be explained in no other way than blatant hatred of Jews and their state. Genocide means the deliberate extermination of a race. It has no application to deaths caused by self-defense measures taken to protect citizens against terrorism. Black anti-Semitism is as inexcusable as white anti-Semitism or white racism. The writer is professor emeritus of law at Harvard University.

2016-08-16 00:00:00

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