Black Lives matter (BLM) has taken over center stage in this unfolding horror story of the killing of George Floyd. It now has to be considered the nation's most prominent and powerful organized black group.
And that's bad luck for us Jews, liberal and conservative, both religious-wise and political-wise. Sadly, most Jewish organizations, those fueled by Jewish donors, stubbornly, willfully ignore the hate from those blacks. They have jumped on the "systemic racism"and "intersectionality" bubkis-bandwagon and are playing "follow the leader", with BLM calling out the marching cadence.
I cannot emphasize enough the dangers we face in our own community from the new crop of black militants led by BLM. We know the old ones well. Their charter and platform states that Israel is responsible for, "the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people. Israel is an apartheid state..that sanctions discrimination and practices genocide against the Palestinian people."
A poster distributed throughout our universities, it seems by BLM and their brothers in arms, Students For Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters claims that Jews do well in many universities because of "Jewish Privilege." So this mantra of "White Privilege" envelopes Jews as well.
A blinking, red, warning signal that glows brighter every day.
But Jonathan Greenblatt, who runs the ADL doesn't get it. In a letter to the New York Jewish Week, he states,"And we are well aware that a small minority of leaders within the Black Lives Matter movement have supported anti-Israel, and at times anti-Semitic positions." Not to worry, this former friend of Soros and Obama says. Only a "small minority."
And Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky, of Minneapolis, of all places, writes, "We can argue and joust and cry about Israel another day. Today we have the categorical moral imperative to hear the pain of our black brothers and sisters. And I know in my heart of hearts that I have to stand with them. And so now and evermore we must all say, Black Lives Matter." Sure, care about "Israel another day." Not everyday.Whenever. This rabbi has also expressed his admiration for Jew-hating Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Jews have got to be literate enough to read the handwriting on the walls. We should have learned our lesson in dealing with black Jew haters like Rev. Wright, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Congressman Hank Johnson who called us "termites." But, we haven't.
We Jews, only about 5 million in the USA, have done quite enough for blacks who number about 39 million. We started the NAACP, walked with Dr. King, were killed for the cause and have gone overboard in black communities giving scholarships to their kids.
We ask, where is the reciprocity? When will they finally stand with us to support Israel? To condemn Jew haters in their midst?
Good questions, no answers.....yet.
Alan Bergstein, lecturer and columnist, is an editorial writer for The NY Jewish Voice and a retired NYC school principal A father of four, he is a Korean War veteran and Jewish activist who is President of the Judeo/Christian Republican Club of Palm Beach County, Florida.