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Hijacking of #BlackLivesMatter by anti-Israel activists already has damaged the movement

Hijacking of #BlackLivesMatter by anti-Israel activists already has damaged the movement

In time the vast majority of Black Lives Matter supporters will realize they have been used and exploited by the BDS movement.

The “Movement for Black Lives,” a coalition of approximately 50 Black Lives Matter groups, recently issued a policy platform which raised issues such as mass incarceration, policing, and other issues of importance.

Yet in that platform were included deranged libelous accusations against one and only one foreign country – Israel. That section of the platform was not surprising to anyone who has been paying attention to our coverage of how anti-Israel activists methodically and deliberately set out years ago to stoke racial tension against Israel by falsely accusing Israel of being responsible for local police shootings of blacks in the U.S. That effort went into overdrive during the Ferguson riots after the Michael Brown shooting in the summer of 2014.

Since then, redirecting the U.S. Black Lives Matters movement to turn it as a weapon against Israel has been a top priority for anti-Israel activists, including those working under the banner of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

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The platform language against Israel was a milestone in that effort, putting the Black Lives Matter movement in the position of accusing Israel of the Crimes Against Humanity of Genocide and Apartheid. But in order to do that, those terms had to be redefined in ways that are applied to no one else.

The Apartheid label is used against Israel even though it clearly doesn’t apply, as I have explained before:

Apartheid was a unique system of racial domination by a minority over a majority based on racial classification, above and beyond the types of discrimination that exist in every country. Much as the Holocaust was unique in that it systematized and industrialized genocide, so too Apartheid was unique which is why it is considered under international law to be a Crime Against Humanity.

The Rome Convention on the Crime of Apartheid is very specific that it requires systematized domination through acts which themselves are crimes, of one “racial group” over another. That is not what is happening in Israel. Israel is a majority ruled nation, not minority ruled. Israeli Jews are themselves mutli-racial, with approximately half being refugees from or the descendants of refugees from Arab lands. Israel also has gone to great effort to rescue non-white Jewish populations.

The divisions in Israel are religious or ethnic, not racial, which is common throughout the world. No one claims that majority Islamic domination in the Middle East and elsewhere is “Apartheid,” so why is that label applied to the only Jewish state? If religious domination constituted Apartheid, then every country which has adopted in whole or in part Islamic law would be an Apartheid state. But that’s not the way anyone uses the term, except as to Israel.

I could go on and on, but the short answer is that the term “Apartheid” has been so broadened by enemies of Israel that the terminology as applied to Israel has become a weapon divorced from legal and historical reality. That even John Kerry and some Israeli politicians use the term inaccurately is a testament to the success of the decades-long propaganda campaign against Israel.

Similarly, the crime of Genocide has been redefined in ways that only are applied to Israel.

Genocide as defined under international law is the deliberate destruction in whole or in part of a people through acts that also are crimes:

Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

That definition always has been applied to mass killings as part of attempts to exterminate a group. It has not been applied to the dozens if not hundreds of armed conflicts in which there are civilian casualties as a byproduct of armed conflict, because civilian casualties are inevitable in war. It also does not apply to cultural assimilation, which takes place across the globe. Genocide was defined as a term specifically based on the experience of the extermination of the Jewish people in the Holocaust.

Genocide obviously does not apply to the Israeli-Arab conflict, in which the non-Jewish populations both in Israel and the disputed territories have expanded exponentially since the creation of Israel. In fact, the so-called and disputed “demographic time bomb” of Arab population growth is one of the arguments invoked by anti-Israel activists and even Israelis as to why Israel cannot continue to control Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”).

Yet the Black Lives Matter movement has accused Israel of Genocide against Palestinians. In order to do so, they had to completely change the definition, as an interview with one of the two authors of that section of the platform exposed:

The co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform passage accusing Israel of “genocide” defended the term, saying Israel’s actions fit in its wider definition.

Ben Ndugga-Kabuye co-authored the statement along with Rachel Gilmer, the former board member of a Zionist youth group. Ndugga-Kabuye told JTA he understood why Jewish groups disagree with the statement, but was perplexed that it has received so much attention.

He compared it with the accusations of genocide that black activists have leveled at the United States and called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict one of many international conflicts U.S. black activists feel connected to….

Ndugga-Kabuye said state actions don’t need to rise to the level of the Holocaust or other historical genocides to deserve the term, which he said could connote unjust state killing of a disadvantaged group. He compared his usage of the word to We Charge Genocide, a group that opposes police violence in Chicago.

“We’re talking about a structure of violent deaths that are state sanctioned, that are without accountability, and that are ongoing,” he told JTA. “We can say this is what’s happening in Palestine and not equate it with what’s happening in South America. It doesn’t say it’s the same number of people being killed or the [same] manner of people being killed.”

This “wider definition” is applied to not other country in the Black Lives Matter platform, certainly not to Muslim nations.

BDS destroys everything it touches, and the definitions of Apartheid and Genocide are two of its victims.

But there is another victim in this saga – the Black Lives Matter movement itself and the issues of importance. Because the accusations of Apartheid and Genocide were so outrageous, most of the news about the platform has focused on issues related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. That’s great for BDS, but horrible for Black Lives Matter movement, as demonstrated in an article at The Atlantic, Why Do Black Activists Care About Palestine?

Last Thursday, the Movement for Black Lives got together for an emergency conference call. One week after the drafting committee released its political platform—a long document that covers everything from U.S. policing to education reform to mass incarceration—the activists felt they needed another “deep internal discussion,” as they called it, on one small section toward the end: their statement on Israel and Palestine.

Of all the positions included in the platform, this is the one that has generated the most backlash. The conflict is largely one of language: Jewish groups have been most upset about its use of the words “genocide” and “apartheid” to describe Israel’s actions against the Palestinians, describing the terms as “offensive and odious.” Some progressive, social-justice-oriented organizations have condemned the statements in part; others have condemned the movement in full. Church groups have repudiated it. Jews of color have struggled with it. In the wake of what should have been a powerful moment, black activists have found themselves at odds with the one group that may have been most ready to support them as allies….

It’s not clear what the Movement for Black Lives will do about the backlash against this part of its platform, if anything. An informal spokesperson for the drafting committee, Zakiya Scott, declined interviews, saying, “Folks have been getting a lot of criticism for the divest / invest piece of the platform. Before we say anything as a group, it has to be agreed upon by the members of the leadership team and the endorsing organizations.”

On every side, the clash over language and history in the Movement for Black Lives platform is a story of loss. Relationships have been damaged, and political momentum lost. And the hope of liberation, cherished by black and Jewish Americans alike, has been cut with resentment.

The article goes on to describe that the misuse and abuse of the claims of Apartheid and Genocide are at the heart of the anger:

The word “genocide” was coined to describe the Holocaust. Six million Jews were systematically eliminated from the earth on the basis of blood and faith. Subsequently, a nation was formed where those who survived could go—including those fleeing the homes they tried to return to, only to be met with rejection and renewed violence. The dream of the state of Israel—of freedom, radical equality, and survival—antedated the Holocaust, but in its wake, it assumed new urgency.

Yet, that was not the genocide the Movement for Black Lives elected to highlight. “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people,” the activists wrote in the platform. They go on to call Israel an “apartheid state,” condemning Israeli settlements and the “apartheid wall”—presumably the security barrier that roughly follows the country’s border with the West Bank.

These two words—“genocide” and “apartheid”—have been the focus of the outcry in Jewish communities. “We were stunned and outraged by the erroneous and egregious claims of genocide and apartheid,” the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement said. T’ruah, a progressive organization that describes itself as “the rabbinic call for justice,” said it was “extremely dismayed” by the use of “genocide.” The Union for Reform Judaism went a step further: “We reject wholeheartedly the notion that effective anti-racism work can only be done by denouncing and excoriating Israel,” it said.

Those of us who cover the BDS movement understand that these words were used for a malicious purpose.

Already, there has been backlash against the Israel policy statement within the black community, Coalition of Missouri black church leaders rejects #BlackLivesMatter anti-Israel platform.

The Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri, representing hundreds of predominantly African-American churches throughout the state, rejects without hesitation any notion or assertion that Israel operates as an apartheid country. We embrace our Jewish brethren in America and respect Israel as a Jewish state.

I expect this to continue as members of the black community wake up to how their issues have been colonized by anti-Israel activists, many of whom don’t give a damn about black lives except to the extent they can be used against Israel.

Creating resentment between blacks and the overwhelming majority of Jews who support Israel is a core goal of the BDS movement in the U.S., so don’t think for a second that this conflict is anything but a good outcome for anti-Israel activists.

But for those people who truly care about black lives, the hijacking of the movement for use against Israel in time will be viewed as a policy and political disaster, if it isn’t already.


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DavidJackSmith | August 21, 2016 at 8:45 pm

The “Palestinian” (sic) entity corrupts and destroys everything it touches.

One can only wonder what is the view from Ramallah or Gaza. Their former Gulf state patrons now need the hated Jews more than the Pallys. The other Sunni statelet, ISIS, hasn’t moved a centimeter against Israeli interests–and won’t. Al Bahgdadi doesn’t fear the West but I’m betting Jerusalem gives him pause.

So what’s left for the Pallys? Iran? They’ve taken bucks from the Shia before and the more they take the less trusted they are by their fellow Sunnis.

All the Pallys have left are George Soros and a handful of upper middle class whites and blacks concentrated in maybe five U.S. Zip codes. The only foreign policy worse than our own belongs to the Pallys.

Char Char Binks | August 21, 2016 at 10:08 pm

What a shame.

They deserve each other. I wonder when they will start eating each other. Bring salt.

2 fake Soros funded groups merging,imagine that.

    Estragon in reply to bill6.5. | August 22, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Soros often hides his financing of poltical activities, but it was exposed last week that even his larger Open Society group has been funding anti-Israel groups and projects, albeit requesting their involvement be kept secret.

    BLM was funded by Soros-linked groups at the time of the Ferguson “crisis,” mainly to ship in outside agitators because Big Left didn’t think the local community was “outraged enough,” Leftese for “not burning stuff down.”

    – –

    Given all this, wouldn’t the cooperation of two separate Astroturf movements funded from the same source be regarded as intentional by default? Collusion over hijacking?

Anything that is activated by “good intentions”, driven by emotions, with an unachievable or unclear end result creates results that are the hallmark accomplishment of both of these groups.

Actually the BLM/BDS link makes sense. It is every bit as true that Israel is murdering Arabs as it is that American policemen are murdering black people. It’s every bit as true that Israel is engaged in genocide against Arabs as it is that American policemen are engaged in genocide against black people. BDS is based on the former proposition, BLM on the latter. So why wouldn’t they get together?

Is it unexpected that Soros’ groups in the US would communicate with Soros’ international groups.

Anybody who thinks the #BLM movement was “hijacked” by the BDS movement, raise your hand. I have a bridge to sell you.

It’s kind of like saying that Islam is a religion of peace that was “hijacked” by violent extremists.

Who was the first violent extremist to “hijack” Islam? It’s founder, Muhammad. And I can prove that by quoting Muhammad.

“The Hadith” [note: sayings and teachings] “of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) at your fingertips”

“Home » Sahih al-Bukhari » Book of Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad)”

Actually, if you believe there’s an Allah you could make the case Allah hijacked the “Relgion of Peace (TM)” but I digress.

” Narrated Abu Huraira:

A man came to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and said, “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” He replied, “I do not find such a deed.” Then he added, “Can you, while the Muslim fighter is in the battle-field, enter your mosque to perform prayers without cease and fast and never break your fast?” The man said, “But who can do that?” Abu- Huraira added, “The Mujahid (i.e. Muslim fighter) is rewarded even for the footsteps of his horse while it wanders bout (for grazing) tied in a long rope.”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 2785
In-book reference : Book 56, Hadith 4
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 44
(deprecated numbering scheme)”

The two Sahihs, Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, are in Sunni Islam the two most important canonical texts in their religion. The Quran commands Muslims to follow the pattern and adhere to the judgements of its prophet. The patterns and judgements of its prophet are found in the Sunnah (which is why Sunnis are called Sunnis; they are Ahlus Sunnah, or Ahlus Sunnah wa’al Jemaah, the adherents of the Sunnah or the adherents of the Sunnah and the congregation). The Sunnah is the “well trodden path” of Muhammad and consists of the “reports” (ahadith, the plural, a single report being a hadith) and the biographical literature (Sirah).

This is why devout Muslims dress and act like 7th century Arabs. Muhammad even said if you don’t pee like he peed (fun fact; Muhammad was a sitzpinkler) you’re going to hell. You have to step into the bathroom with the left foot. Or else you’re going to hell. Because Allah says copy everything Muhammad did, and Muhammad did some weird sh*4.

Who’s up for a nice refreshing glass of camel’s urine and milk. Howzabout a nine year old girl?

But again, I digress.

” Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “The example of a Mujahid in Allah’s Cause– and Allah knows better who really strives in His Cause—-is like a person who fasts and prays continuously. Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Cause into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty.”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 2787
In-book reference : Book 56, Hadith 6
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 46
(deprecated numbering scheme)”

” Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A single endeavor (of fighting) in Allah’s Cause in the forenoon or in the afternoon is better than the world and whatever is in it.”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 2792
In-book reference : Book 56, Hadith 10
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 50
(deprecated numbering scheme)”

Jihad or Jihaad means struggle. The practitioners of Islamically authorized lying and deceit (they call it “outwitting”) will try to convince you it only refers to an internal spiritual struggle, or at most fighting in self defense. It CAN mean that. But the Quran and the Sunnah makes it clear that Jihad also means offensive warfare to bring the entire world under the rule of Islam. Note: this does not mean forced conversion but rather to make sure no non-Muslim exercises political power. One may remain free to practice Christianity or Judaism or Zoroastrianism until the Islamic Jesus returns to break the cross, kill the pig, and abolish the Jizya (meaning, everyone will then be forced to accept Islam). But they must submit.

” Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Nobody who dies and finds good from Allah (in the Hereafter) would wish to come back to this world even if he were given the whole world and whatever is in it, except the martyr who, on seeing the superiority of martyrdom, would like to come back to the world and get killed again (in Allah’s Cause).”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 2795
In-book reference : Book 56, Hadith 13
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 53
(deprecated numbering scheme)”

I mean, spiritual cause my @$$. Allah’s warriors “slay and are slain.” While an internal spiritual struggle is good, according to Muhammad the best jihad is the one in which the warrior is scarred and “his horse is wounded.” According to Muhammad any Muslim who dies without the physical scars of waging Jihad dies “with a deficiency” and as a “hypocrite.”

So having taken this horse* the long way around the barn, where am I heading? I have long experience with people claiming a movement has been hijacked when its original purpose is exposed. And that’s what is going on here. #BLM hasn’t been hijacked it has been exposed. The Islamic State and the Islamic Republic are as Islamic as their founder.

And the beat goes on.

*If anyone cares, I don’t ride horses as their action brings tears to my eyes. They split me apart in ways that, well, how do I put it, I don’t want to be split apart. I’ll walk, thank you, or sail. Anyways they make ATVs now and for all you traditionalists there are still dogs, even in Texas.

Given zoning laws I’m not ever likely to live in a place where I could own a horse, but up to three dogs are doable in most HOAs. You can do what’s called skijoring (never done it) or bikejoring and buy a harness that will let you hook a dog or two to yourself on skis or your mountain or fat tire bike…

…but unless you like face plants and broken bones I recommend a purpose built contraption.

Apparently those crazy Nordic types with the long winters eventually get tired of having sex and keep inventing new sports. Fortunately they’re importing a population that never gets tired of sex they’re just tired of the women not wanting it. I suppose.

“The two Sahihs, Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, are in Sunni Islam the two most important canonical texts in their religion.”

I meant to say, “After the Quran.” But in reality I’m not exactly sure of that, even though it is orthodox Islam to say so. In reality, I’m persuaded that as a practical matter it’s the Sunnah of Muhammad that has first place and the Quran that is distinctly secondary.

Just as I am persuaded that it is Muhammad, not Allah, who is the chief god of Islam. That the early reports of Muslims being Mohammadens had it right.

Another parallel with the #BLM types. What it is really about is not what they claim it’s about. The leftist/Islamic alliance is no accident.

Sorry for the stream of consciousness. I’ve already lost this electiion. And probably the country. For a while. I’m not giving up, just taking stock.

I have my dogs, my canoe, and my Hawken rifle. If I’m lucky, my Arctic Rig. I can build on that. H3ll, others did.

Also, my axes. And not the cheap Chinese or South American crap.

    Ragspierre in reply to Arminius. | August 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    The best ones are made by “foreign devils” from Scandinavia. Good thing we can access them…!!!

      Arminius in reply to Ragspierre. | August 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      It didn’t used to be the case. In the inventory (working from memory) I have a Collins Commander forestry axe and a Woodings-Verona camp axe. In addition to my prized Gränsfors Bruk splitting axe.

      I find no fault in Swede. I’ve never been a stickler for the notion that some people have that you need straight grain in wood aligned with the head because sometimes you need to twist the axe. Duh! The Granfors Bruk meets my personal standard. But the Americans do, too.

      The Gränsfors Bruk cost me nearly $300. I know a lot of you are thinking I’m crazy but it just about does the work itself. As any good tool will.

      I would probably die before I would let you harm her edge. I know what it takes to get that edge (and that I’d sharpen past the temper into the soft metal if I tried to put the work into the cheap crap). She earns her keep.

      The Americans you have to look harder for. We haven’t built anything to compare in 50 years at least. But we can do it.

      My family has been heavily into axes ever since we got off the boat from Italy not since we’re lumberjacks. We leave that to the crazy Swedes. My uncle was a battalion chief with a major metropolitan fire department, and most of the rest of us were sailors. You know, damage control.

      I know my way around a hoeing ax.

      “An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual”

      P.S. Know what to look for. A good USFS ax head is worth its weight in gold. Rehang it, if it needs it, and if you don’t know how let me know. I won’t steal it.

“Pulaski Axe Hoe Pick Axe – USFS Approved”

Well, I don’t actually believe that. Lot’s of people claim their products are government approved. Which is why I advise to know what you are looking for. And also it is not the case that just because it is government it is bad. The FEDERAL government’s role is limited but it has a role.

That is all. For now. Stand by. Await the word.

“White’s Smoke Jumper’s”

Tell me about it, people.

I hate it when I stick up for Germans. And you know, every once in a while. They’re not always wrong. But still. You feel dirty.

It’s an Italian thing. El Alamein. Look it up.

The damned Germans took all the transport.

Which is cool as I wasn’t on their side.

Here’s to the Germans and how they’ll screw you every time!

Ask the Greeks.