by John Perazzo
How BLM and anti-Israel activists found common cause.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement's welcoming embrace of the slogan “From Palestine To Ferguson” makes it abundantly clear that left-wing racists in America have found their ideological soul mates in the Palestinian anti-Semites of the Middle East.
BLM, you may recall, was born in response to the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, the “white Hispanic” who had infamously shot and killed Trayvon Martin the previous year. The phrase quickly became a rallying cry for radicals and rioters demanding an end to what BLM termed the “virulent anti-Black racism” that “permeates our society.” Then, when a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed the young black criminal Michael Brown in August 2014, BLM ramped up its allegations of police brutality against “people of color” in America's “white supremacist system.” The fact that police are significantly more likely to shoot white criminal suspects rather than black suspects has never meant anything to BLM. The movement's purpose is to promote racial hatred and street riots, not to uncover any truths.
Just a few days after Brown's death, a worldwide alliance of Palestinian activists—who detested Israel and its Jewish citizens every bit as fiercely as BLM loathed America and white people—decided to draw public attention to their own particular grievances by piggybacking on the turmoil in Ferguson. The timing was favorable for these anti-Semites, given that the Israeli military was then engaged in an effort to dismantle Hamas's massive terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. The activists adopted the meme “From Palestine To Ferguson” (FPTF)—a pithy catchphrase that, like “Black Lives Matter,” quickly evolved into shorthand for trumped-up charges of victimization, calls to revolution in the name of “social justice,” and vindictive hatred disguised as a plea for respect.
Voicing empathy for the sense of “hurt,” “anger,” and “moral outrage” which BLM feels as a result of “the oppression that continues to target our Black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives,” FPTF mouthpieces proudly affirm their own “solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed Black man gunned down by police”; their support for the “struggle” of black Ferguson residents against “a militarized police occupation”; and their contempt for the “racist capitalist system” that “systematically pushes” American blacks “to the margins of humanity.”
In a like manner, adherents of the FPTF mindset routinely portray Israel as a “capitalist settler-state” that pursues “economic expansion” by subjecting the Palestinians to “collective punishment,” “subjugation,” and “war crimes.” In short, says one FPTF spokesman, “the rejection of peace” is structurally “built into [Israel's] current existence”—a remarkable allegation, in light of the fact that Arab states have flatly rejected favorable opportunities for peace with Israel more than 30 times since 1937.
Agreeing heartily with FPTF's contemptuous assessments of the Jewish state, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors is a co-signatory to a statement proclaiming “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle [for] liberation”; demanding an end to Israel's “occupation” of “Palestine”; and urging support for the Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions movement designed to cripple Israel economically. “[W]e aim to sharpen our practice of joint struggle against capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, and the various racisms embedded in and around our societies,” the statement declares. In a similar spirit, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, lamenting the “egregious injustices” that Israel allegedly heaps upon the the “illegally occupied territories” of “Palestine,” asserts that “the youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine have united together to remind us that the dots need to be connected.”
Not only are the principal charges and agendas of both BLM and FPTF built entirely upon foundations of lies, but the “heroes” from whom their respective activists draw courage are, in each case, nothing more than racists, anti-Semites, and cold-blooded killers. For example, FPTF activists take pains to articulate the great “inspiration” that they draw from those “revolutionary leaders” whom BLM holds in high esteem—people like Malcolm X (a vociferous Jew-hater who believed that “the white man is a devil”); Huey Newton (the drug dealer, rapist and murderer who founded the Black Panther Party); Kwame Ture (a Marxist revolutionary who believed that “the only good Zionist is a dead Zionist”); and Angela Davis (an America-hating Communist who seeks the “complete and radical overthrow” of capitalism).
As regards Arab-Israeli affairs, the heroes idolized by the FPTF crowd are just as disreputable. For example, one exponent of the FPTF message—Daily Texan guest columnist Mukund Rathi—has ridiculed Israel for opposing the Hamas-Fatah unity government that, by his telling, “could be a powerful force for peace” in the Middle East. Further, Rathi has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for characterizing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a terrorist because of his alliance with Hamas, which Rathi respectfully calls “the democratically elected governing organization of Gaza.” Presumably we are to believe that Israel should look upon Hamas and Abbas as legitimate peace partners in spite of the fact that the former remains permanently sworn to annihilating Israel and slaughtering its Jewish inhabitants, while the latter has made it explicitly clear that Israel has no right whatsoever to exist as a sovereign state.
In the eyes of those who support BLM and the FPTF mentality, America and Israel are nothing more than two faces of unmitigated evil—the Great Satan and the Little Satan. And in the final analysis, these supporters have decided that they can most effectively advance their twin agendas by marrying black racism to Jew-hatred—and calling the progeny “social justice.”
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