Antisemitism Amidst Bigotry, Racism, Islamic Supremacy and Political Correctness—CAEF Bulletin, June
Black Lives and Jewish Lives
There are many voices of hatred and antisemitism today, and all need to be countered. It’s a challenge to keep up. With every new human or natural disaster, there is likely a claim made by some that Jews are behind it. Now with the tragedy of the very public and horrible murder of George Floyd, calls for racial justice are often mixed with calls for acts against Jews or Israel, rather than equal justice for all. It’s a historic much replayed story; blame the Jews, and then punish them collectively, disregard facts and create fiction.
There are so many and various ways that antisemitism is expressed, from the virulent racist cartoons of the Iranian regime, to the not funny antisemitic comedy acts by France’s Dieudonne's M’bala M’bala, to the slurs and tweets of American rapper O’Shea Jackson, known as Ice Cube, to the recent destructive attacks on Jewish establishments in the pogrom-like events against synagogues in LA (which have gone mostly unreported), to the actual stabbing of a Jewish man this past week outside a London high street bank.
Many wonderful and knowledgeable speakers are presenting facts, history and analysis of antisemitism via webinars daily. We have unfettered access to great minds, a trove of information, documentation, scientific evidence and professorial presentations about this old and evil hatred, but where are the solutions???
The movement Black Lives Matter is not looking for apologies, sympathetic statements, promises and pledges, but Action. This time they have manifestos demanding change. I get that. But let’s not confuse the movement for Black justice with the Black Lives Matter organization whose 2016 manifesto includes outright lies about Israel, support for pro-Palestinian terrorism, and which conflates anti-black racism with Israelis defending their country from terrorism. Several things strike me as most important in response to the current situation:
Words are not enough, change is essential.
The cause of Black lives matter is not justification for any form of racism, antisemitism, or hatred of others.
Civil unrest yes, riots no.
Effective and compassionate policing yes, unfunded police no.
We need address the unjust “Black Lives Solidarity with Palestine,” a component of BLM. Jews need to demand the removal of the antisemitic planks in the BLM platform.
Society together needs to work on societal issues such as achieving equitable access to jobs, education, health care, justice, housing, and other areas within our democratic society. We need to do this in respectful, constructive, and collaborative ways, but not judge white/beige/pink people as all evil, unjust, racists. There is no oppressor race. All societies have inequities, some of which are systemic, some of which are meritocratic, some of which are economic, etc. Granting everyone equal access to the health and educational resources of society helps to level the playing field, but we have seen that outcomes are not equal, nor will they ever be. That doesn’t mean that we should not improve policies, practices and service delivery, make it culturally sensitive where appropriate, and help people to help themselves in establishing programs and services, and operating them.
Jewish Activist Lawyer Criticizes Black Lives Matter for Antisemitism
Civil rights lawyer, Harvard University professor emeritus, Alan Dershowitz recently wrote:
“Now is the time to protest the injustice against George Floyd and other African-American men and women who have been unjustly targeted by overzealous — and often racist — police. But now is also the time to speak out against those who would hijack this tragic history to manifest the oldest continuing prejudice known to mankind, namely antisemitism.”
Dershowitz has then been called out by Liberal Jews as “right wing” though he is a known Liberal, pro Democrat, two state solution supporter. He is being condemned because he has defended the position of the Zionist Organization of America in calling out the antisemitism in the 2016 platform of BLM, and he has also defended people he doesn’t like, such as President Trump and Prime Minster Netanyahu on the grounds that both have been subjected to political hypocrisy, falsely accused of non-existent crimes and misdemeanors entirely for the purpose of throwing them out of office, not for defense of justice. That he has defended Arab Palestinians against the state of Israel and served as an expert in civil rights internationally, seems to have no bearing on those who would discredit his view that not everything said by black people is true.
Here is the interview on Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS TV) in which Dershowitz is clear that the cause of Black Lives Matter is just, but the organization is also spewing antisemitic/anti-Israel messages.
Black Activist Defends Israel and Counters Black Lives Matter
One of the most important young voices today in the Black and Christian world is that of Joshua Washington, Director of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), son of its founder, Rev. Dumisani Washington.
Here are excerpts from his article in the The Times of Israel, June 8, 2020