Robert Shuman’s letter (Aug. 13 Jewish Journal, “A Looming threat for all”) in defense of BLM claiming that “several individuals associated with Black Lives Matter have expressed anti-Semitic ideas” reminds me of Ilhan Omar’s comment “some people did something” when referring to 9/11.
The truth of the matter is that BLM and its Movement for Black Lives clearly state in their anti-Semitic platform that Israel is an apartheid state; accuse Israel of genocide against the Palestinians; and support the BDS movement. While we all agree that Black lives matter, the BLM movement is more than that: it is an overtly anti-Semitic organization.
Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of BLM, drew a parallel between police violence against Blacks in the U.S. and what she considered Israeli oppression of the Palestinians when she visited the territories in 2015. She has falsely accused the Jewish State of “ethnic cleansing” and “colonialism.” BLM protesters were responsible for vandalizing several synagogues and Jewish schools with anti-Semitic graffiti and looted businesses in the Orthodox Fairfax neighborhood of LA. As Jews, we are all concerned about racial justice. However, there are other ways to work for this rather than supporting BLM.
The greatest threat to Jews does not come from President Trump. Like him or not, it is hard not to acknowledge his superb record on Israel and support of our people. I would say that the greatest threat to Jews does not come from the president, but from the willful blindness of our people to recognize groups such as BLM and the far left radical extremists gaining power in our government.
Carol Denbo, Swampscott