David Suissa correctly writes that “I know Black Lives Matter officially supports BDS which is a vile and discriminatory movement” (“Dear Jews: The summer of 2020 is not about us”). Then Mr. Suissa immediately minimizes the express anti-Semitism of the BLM.

For Jews to rally against racism is admirable. For Jews to support Black Lives Matter is myopic. Just read the Black Lives Matter platform. To support Black Lives Matter is to embrace its virulent anti-Semitism.

The platform of BLM, which has existed since 2016 could have been written by Hamas whose charter in Article 7 mandates the murder of every Jew on earth, and it sounds like Mein Kampf. It declares that the Jewish people of Israel perpetrate genocide against Palestinian Arabs and that Israel is an apartheid state. That same BLM platform supports Omar Barghouti’s anti-Semitic genocidal BDS movement. Barghouti, the co-founder of BDS, has said the sole purpose of BDS is the euthanasia of the Zionist dream of Israel. A student of history Barghouti knows full well that the Nazi T4 Euthanasia Program was the foundation of the Final Solution of the Jews as enacted in the Wannsee Protocol in January 1942. Barghouti’s use of the word euthanasia leaves no doubt he co-founded BDS to continue the anti-Semitic eliminationist mission formalized by Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann at the Wannsee Conference.

A Jew can certainly rally for civil rights on many fronts today and with many worthwhile organizations without getting in bed with the foundational anti-Semitism of BLM.

At this time of unrest  it is worth remembering  an Op Ed by Congressman John Lewis  in the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2002. In that Op Ed commemorating Martin Luther King Day, Congressman Lewis recalled the wise and prescient words of Dr. King spoken at Harvard a few weeks before his death: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews; you’re talking anti-Semitism.”

Recently BLM deleted the anti-Semitism in its enabling document from its website. Removing something off its website is NOT revocation. It is just a PR move identical to the Nazis “sprucing up” Theresiennstadt in June 1944 before the Red Cross arrived. Just as the Red Cross was conned by the Nazis in 1944, many Jews today are conned by BLM’s PR move. BLM has never publicly revoked the antisemitism in its original platform.

Ignoring history Mr. Suisssa makes excuses for the anti-semites who support BLM. Possibly he is unaware of the recent BLM inspired pogrom in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles in which many synagogues and Jewish identified businesses were vandalized if not destroyed. Not that many years ago many prominent Jews including many rabbis also made excuses for antisemites. It was called the Judenrat. We all know how that worked out.

Richard Sherman
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