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Black Lives Matter UK Faces Backlash Over Anti-Israel Tweet

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Black Lives Matter’s U.K. chapter posted a series of tweets over the weekend dismissing the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in Israel. The backlash, however, that followed the group’s statement has increased accusations of antisemitism as the group continues what it describes, as its fight for social justice.

BLM has been leading protests that have erupted across the globe in recent weeks since the death of George Floyd. Floyd tragically died in police custody when a Minneapolis Police Officer knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes.

“As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel’s settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE,” BLM UK wrote on Twitter Sunday, defending that the comments are not antisemitic, but are merely “opposition to Israel’s policies.”

In this case, the comments come as Israel inches closer to claiming sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has “strongly objected” the move, calling it a “breach of international law.”

Black Lives Matter has now inserted itself into that debate, but with an outright dismissal of Jewish claims to the land. It isn’t the first time for the supporter of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.

As a Zionist, myself, it’s been quite difficult to reconcile my support for our right to our homeland and for the pursuit of justice. The same goes for other Zionists, who have come out in outspoken condemnation of the group’s recent comments.

Yoni Michanie, a former IDF paratrooper, pointed to this on Twitter saying, “The belief that you can achieve justice and equality by demanding the dismantling of a movement which seeks to protect indigenous rights to national liberation seems counterintuitive.”

Jerry Dunleavy, a reporter for The Washington Examiner wrote, “Black Lives Matter ***the org*** is a radical group founded by Marxists who admire cop killers. The UK org says it is endorsed by Patrisse Cullors, current leader of BLM, who openly admits that she is a Marxist. Looks like they’re openly anti-Israel too.”

Ashager Araro, an IDF reserves lieutenant and Founder of Bettae – Ethiopian Israeli Heritage Center, questioned the group’s mission, asking, “Can someone explain to me how promoting an anti-Israel agenda help black people in the UK? AHAHA..it doesn’t?” adding, “So you’re just abusing legitimate and important struggle to promote your uneducated political point of view?”

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PA President Abbas pushes ‘institutionalized anti-Semitism’ against Jews

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while in Germany and standing next to German chancellor Olaf Scholz, accused Israel of committing “50 holocausts” against the Palestinians. This follows a long tradition of Abbas’ anti-Semitic statements on the Holocaust. In 2018, Abbas accused Jews of being “subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years…not because of their religion, but rather their social behavior related to usury and banks.” In 2015, Abbas also stated that “[i]f they [Jews] say they made sacrifices in World War II, and we respect what they say, they should not treat us the way they were treated [by the Nazis].” And in his 1984 book, The Other Side: The Secret Relationship between Nazism and Zionism, Abbas stated that “We find that Zionists believe in the purity of the Jewish race, as Hitler believed in the purity of the Aryan race.”

Such anti-Semitism runs rampant in the Palestinian Authority (PA). PA political figures and press have consistently defamed Israel by comparing it to Nazi Germany to brainwash the Palestinian population against reconciliation and normalization with the Jewish state. Since 2021 alone, there have been ample examples of the PA using such drivel in their propaganda machine. This is part of a much larger, institutionalized anti-Semitism embedded in Palestinian nationalism itself.

 

Claim #1: Israel, Israelis are Nazi Germany, Nazis

PA media and political figures liken Israel to Nazi Germany, and Israelis to Nazis. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called “Zionism and this racist fascist occupation” “the ugly face of Nazism,” and called Israelis “the new Nazis who are working to eliminate the Palestinian people.” The Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida has accused Israel of “carrying out the Hitleresque holocaust anew against the Palestinian Arab people and the peoples of the Arab world.” Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also stated that, regarding Jewish violence against Arabs in the May 2021 riots in Israel, that “Israel has repeated Kristallnacht.” [The reality was that Jewish violence against Arabs was widely condemned in Israel and paled in comparison to Arab violence against Jews during that same time.] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also stated that “Israel is becoming a state most similar to Nazi Germany.”

 

Claim #2: Israel’s Leadership are Nazis

 

PA media and political figures also liken Israel’s leaders to Nazis. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub calledNetanyahu “the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler.” A political cartoon on the website of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture portrays Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as Hitler giving a Nazi-salute with a blood-drenched hand with the caption “Adolf Netanyahu.” A host on PA TV stated that “What Eichmann did to the Jews in Austria, they’re doing- [Israeli Parliament Member] Naftali Bennett is doing to us, exactly. They have copied the experience.”

 

Claim #3: Israel’s Prisons Are Nazi Death Camps

 

Lastly, PA media and political figures also liken Israel’s prison system to the Nazi death camps and crematoria. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called Israeli prisons “an identical copy of Auschwitz and the death camps.” PA Shari’ah Judge Nasser Al-Qirem referred to Israel’s prisons as the “Nazi occupation’s bastilles.” The Official PA dailyAl-Hayat Al-Jadida  accused Israel of carrying out crimes against Palestinian civilians similar to “Hitler’s Nazi detention camps,” and earlier had stated that Israel’s “detention camps have become most similar to the Nazi crematoriums.”

Abbas’ statement that Israel has committed “50 holocausts” against the Palestinian people should not be surprising, given that Abbas has made similar anti-Semitic statements for years. The Palestinian Authority in turn, through various political figures and its press propagate similar statements. Coupled with other anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, and even jihadi comments, the Biden administration should not further accommodate the PA, nor seek to join it in the Abraham Accords.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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