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August 19, 2015 5:18 pm

Activists Say Historical Black Struggle ‘Hijacked’ After ‘Black Lives Matter’ Leaders Endorse BDS

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Over 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Over 1,000 activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations
signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

African-American pro-Israel activists on Wednesday blasted a group of 1,000 civil rights leaders who sought to connect the “Palestinian struggle” to the plight of blacks in the U.S., with a statement endorsing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Quite frankly, it is a shame that the BDS movement has hijacked the historical black struggle in an attempt to build solidarity with a blatantly antisemitic campaign that seeks to strip Jews of their rights to their homeland,” Chloe Valdary told The Algemeiner. “That one would protest police brutality against a minority on the one hand and promote the disenfranchisement of another historical minority on the other — namely the Jews — is philosophically inconsistent and morally bankrupt.”

The group of black activists, scholars, artists and students, some tied with the Black Lives Matter movement, published their statement on Tuesday offering a “wholehearted” endorsement of “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel” and proclaiming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.”

Linking their cause with that of the Palestinians, the activists said, “We continue to see connections between the situation of Palestinians and Black people. Israel’s widespread use of detention and imprisonment against Palestinians evokes the mass incarceration of Black people in the U.S., including the political imprisonment of our own revolutionaries.”

The statement also accused Israel of racism in its treatment of Palestinians and claimed that the Jewish state is guilty of mistreating its African population.

Signatories included political activist Angela Davis; philosopher Cornel West; journalist Rosa Clemente; death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal; rapper Talib Kweli; Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors; and 39 affiliated organizations.

Valdary, currently a Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal, expressed dismay at the activists for falling prey to such anti-Israel sentiments.

“That the youth would fall into the trap of parroting a blatant colonialist narrative wherein the ancient and now reborn state of Israel is referred to ‘Palestine’ is particularly upsetting given our people’s tradition of championing the rights of indigenous people,” she said.

Dumisani Washington, director of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, told The Algemeiner that the statement is “another pathetic attempt by Israel’s enemies to perpetuate a false narrative. It is both old and tired.”

He said the activists who signed the statement should refocus their attention on protesting crimes committed by Palestinians and the Hamas terrorist group.

“Instead of wasting their time lying about Israel, those who seek to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians should protest the honor killings of Palestinian women; embezzlement of billions in Palestinian aid; or Gazan terrorist armies staffed with adolescents brainwashed to sacrifice their lives to kill Jews,” he said.

“And if they truly care about Black people they can protest Hamas’ involvement with the trafficking and organ harvesting of Sudanese and Eritreans in the Sinai. That would be helpful.”

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  • Robert

    The Arabic term for a Black person is Abd. The Arabic term for a slave is also Abd. That says it all.

  • Robert

    The Arbic term for a Black person is Abd. The Arabic term for a slave is also Abd. That says it all.

  • James Fisher

    PALESTINIAN’S ARE 100 PERCENT WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! Look at the application for any job for any Company in America with more than 50 employees. The Racial Self Identification Form makes it clear that Palestinians are ALL WHITE PEOPLE! Israel is around 12 percent Black African Jews!!!!!!! Virtually the same percentage of African American’s to other Racial Groups in America. Wake-up, African American’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yale

    A better way to think about BDS and the Black community is that BDS is the KKK of the Middle East. BDS’s goal is to enable a majority to persecute, and when possible, massacre, the members of a minority.

    Jews are one of many minorities in the Middle East, essentially all of which pre-date the Muslim conquest. Jews differ from the others in that they succeeded in establishing a state that has been able to protect them from the Muslim assault. Note that Christians, Yazidis, Bahais, and others are routinely murdered and/or massacred (the difference is in how many are killed at a time) in much of the Muslim world and the only solution anyone has come up with to protect these minorities is for them to have their own states.

    That’s what makes Israel so offensive to many Muslims: it demonstrates that human rights in the region depend on being independent of Muslim control. BDS is merely a tool to propagate the notion that Muslim control is good.

    The KKK has offered a similar message about Blacks since its founding. the difference, for American Blacks, is that American culture is very different from Muslim culture, and white people, often led by Jews, were prepared to work to ensure equal status for Blacks. The US isn’t perfect, and no-one can control what individuals think, but anyone who experienced Jim Crow (as I did) knows full well that there has been substantial progress toward racial integration in this country. The last remaining hurdle lies within the Black community itself: renouncing Black race-mongers who make their living off telling Black people to separate from the rest of society.

  • Al Talena

    dual citizen palistinians have gone out of their way to identity with the Ferguson lie. Black groups have been backing palistinans for decades.

  • Chloe’s Lesbian Girlfriend

    Valdary is losing her freakin mind. I think she’s schizo and her alterego is an old Jewish Zionist. She criticizes the BDS movement for any alignment or similarities with the Black Lives Matter movement. Of course there are similarities. How many thousands of Africans are being held inside Israeli prisons for simply being a refugee or seeking asylum? The hilarious thing about Valdary is that she has never visited Israel, probably because she knows she’ll be treated with extreme racism and she doesn’t want to experience such a horrible feeling from the very people she has been trying to defend. No, Valdary will forever remain inside her own prison of mind. Don’t ever expect her to change and idea or feeling she is desperately protecting from the outside.

    • Platysma

      Honey, Chloe has been to Israel and written about her experiences there many more times. You have a talent for briefly conveying how uninterested you are in the truth.

    • Just Observing

      Obviously you have never visited Israel either or you would know Chloe, nor any other black person would face any form of extreme racism. Is there some racism in Israel? Yes, but please name me any country in the world that does not have issues of racism. The fact is that Chloe or any black person that visits Israel will be treated very well and have an amazing experience. Let’s not forget that Israel is the only country in the entire world that brought black Africans into their country by the tens of thousands for the sole purpose of bestowing citizenship and making them equal members of society as opposed to slaves.

    • a yid

      this comment is total rubbish. valdary has been to israel and she supports the black american struggles as well as the struggle of the indigenous jewish people to keep their ancestral land. further, valdary is not a lesbian in any way. moderator, please remove this disgusting and defaming comment.

    • Roy

      It would appear that you live in darkness, o’ignorant one , likely having wasted your mind a long time ago.Your comments are patently false, not to mention shallow and specious. Chloe Valdary has publicly visited Israel multiple times in the company of well-known public figures and participated in multiple high-impact conferences. She has more wisdom, integrity, and vision than your narrow,vacuous mind you could ever imagine.Her star has gone from bright to resplendent in a short period of time,and she has so much more to give.

  • Charles Martel

    What a joke if Black Lives matter than why is Black on Black crime so high? Let`s not forget about the Rev Al Race Agitator Sharpton,another Jew hater.Blacks will always be on the losing end as long as the keep their lousy leadership!!!

    It is all about EDUCATION and the Family Unit,until they can figure this out they will populate our jails and be on welfare to take care of their out of wedlock children! The only Blacks that will prosper will be the Sharptons and the Reverend Jackson.Blacks are the only minority not to figure the game out.

    PS- The American Indians have been screwed worse.

  • brenrod

    why is anyone surprised: black americans were polled wome years ago at 35% anti semitic, way above any other american groups. they stabbed the jews in the back also in the 1969’s civil rights era also. this is a reprise of the same. Perhaps american black lives don’t matter?

  • Ruth Rachel

    (As a Mizrahi Jew with both Jewish and non-Jewish African heritage, Jews with African heritage and Jews of Color includes me, and I have just stated what I think…)

  • RuthRachel

    I applaud those who stand for the truth that #AllLivesMatter, whatever one’s origins or the color of one’s skin. Likewise, we applaud those who stand for Israel against the BDS Movement, as we seek a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs, Jews and Muslims, and all those persons captured in the tumult of the ongoing conflict in Israel, the PA, and Gaza, as well as the larger Middle East.

    That being said, what is sadly missing from the above article is the opinion of Jews with (Jewish and/or non-Jewish) African heritage and Jews of Color, whatever their Jewish tradition, whatever their history and heritage in Diaspora…

    Their lives matter, too.

    Jews with African heritage and Jews of Color,
    What do you think?

    • yehudi medaber emet

      Jews are not white. They are of middle-eastern, not european origin. therefore to separate yourself as a jew “of color” is violating our torah’s instruction “do not separate yourself from the community”. ethiopian jews are ethipian jews, yemenite jews are yemenite jews, african american jews are african american jews, period, not “of color”. “of color” is a political originated term used to separate from europeans. jews are not of european origin. they were there for 1,000 years in exile but that does not at all make them white or european.
      you should stop being played by or endorsing a politically divisive and incorrect terminology for jewish people.
      you think you are going to get all the yemenites to do this? no. what about the sefaradis, mizrachis, persians etc? some are darker, some are lighter. some sefaradis from spain, some from north africa.
      the jewish people are one people with one heart as at sinai. you are making a chilul Hashem, a desecration of G-d’s name by artificially and incorrectly making such a separation. our torah and our heritage is not to be sullied by political divisiveness. jews honor the backgrounds of various groups, wherever they are from, but we don’t make artificial separations. don’t separate yourself from the community.

  • maish goretsky

    13% of the population is black,87% is not.

    If sympathy and empathy of the majority is required to address concerns expressed by these groups, their actions do not encourage this support and produces blacklash.
    I’m so tired of the mantra that only black lives taken by police matter and not the many more taken by blacks themselves.
    Whites are getting tired of ‘hands up’ ,ferguson and Baltimore.
    A point is being reached by these negative activities where action will be taken ,much to the detrement of all -and 87% will respond to the threat of our countrie’s destruction by this pathological hater group.

  • nelson marans

    For Black Lives Matter, apparently its supporters do not consider that Jewish lives matter, including those who died in the struggle for African American civil rights. Good Jewish deeds have been rewarded by a group that wants the destruction of Israel. Do we learn a lesson from this, unfortunately not.

    • Leslie Benjamini

      thank you for acknowledging Jewish participation in the civil rights struggle.. We are still with you.

  • enufizenuf

    Black Lives Matter is made up of a bunch of dimwitted idiots, and their raison d’etre is based on totally fictitious versions of events of violent blacks supposedly being persecuted by evil white police.
    If they want less police violence against young black criminals they ought to help stop black criminality.
    As far as their involvement with BDS, what else would anyone expect from a bunch of inner city pseudo-academics and afro-centric MORONS?!

  • Andrew

    Anyone who signed that, their lives don’t matter!

  • Actually, it was white liberal elites who pushed the black power leftward in order to buy social peace. See

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    That’s pretty funny. Because they both hate Jews

  • Chloe Valdary, is one informed righteous , among many misinformed ,naives. Where were the
    ARABS during the civil rights marches ? The Arabs ,collectively suppress and denegrate all Africans under their control ,right now. Israel is the only multy cultured state in the midle East ,it’s the only country in that region , were every ones civil rights are protected by law . Israel has an African community by rescuing hundreds of thousands of starving Ethiopians, have the Arabs ever rescued any one ? Not even their own , they have isolated and refused to irrigate ,the so called Arab (Palestinian )refugees for the last 60 years, Treated them as inferiors, even though they have the same language ,same culture and some lived less than ten miles away before .

    • Leslie Benjamini

      Thank you for your intelligent & correct comment.

  • Emanuel

    It’s disgusting black people being bamboozled excuse my English into supporting genocide of other black people, all of Africa, all Jews, by a few racist Muslims and hard leftists. At the end of the day we all loose with hate but the only thing we can do to combat this hate is show them love and defend our rights and our country for their benefit even if they hate the place or have no clue what BDS is really about: racism.

  • Leslie

    I am wondering who is patronizing these activists. It is a gigantic shame that these intelligent activists, allow themselves to copy and express the sentiments of those whose interest is to destroy the land of Israel and its people. Who is paying the activists for their abhorrend cause? Why would they accept such a deal, to accomplish what??

  • Rob Cohen

    For years Jewish people have been at the forefront of civil rights equality for blacks in America. Why do I never see black rights organizations trying to help underprivileged Jews?

    • Leslie Benjamini

      OMG that’s so on point.

    • Well said, Rob Cohen!

  • Michael Guzman

    Why can’t I even read the comments here. Is your comment section exclusive and censored for idealogical compliance?

  • Paul Cerar

    There is nothing new under the sun. Manipulative liars run to the front of a parade and yell, “Follow me!”

    I remember in 1982, while protesting high college student fees in the province of Ontario, the protest “leaders” used our demonstration to demand the nationalization of Canada’s nickel mines!

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Bryna Weiss

    It’s particularly galling when one remembers that it was primarily Jews who put their lives on the line (and some lost their lives) to march with and support the black struggle for civil rights, voting rights, education, freedom, etc.

    • Just Observing


    • Well said, Byrna Weiss.

      • Well said Bryna Weiss. (Please excuse my previous misspelling of your name.)

  • Good for you, Miss Valdary! It takes common sense to see through the woolly & windy noises made by the deluded.

  • Ephraim

    Angela Davis does not surprise me. She is antisemitic to the bone, and always has been. It is a shame that an alliance between persecuted minorities, which worked so well in the civil rights movement, has been thrown in the face of Jews by the beneficiaries. Jew hatred is unconscionable. Jew hatred by Blacks is an abomination.

    • Angela Davis is a product of Brandeis University…doesn’t that tell you something?

  • Seeing Palestinians as something like Black Americans is one of the themes suggested in Barack Obama’s June 4, 2009 Cairo speech.

    From the very beginning, Barack Obama has found a variety of direct and indirect ways to encourage anti-Jewish sentiments both in the USA and worldwide. Thus, it is no accident that the Obama presidency coincides with a tsunami of global antisemitism.

    Today, the world’s largest Jewish community resides in Israel which is sadly the focus of Barack Obama’s malevolent foreign policy. Case in point — Barack Obama’s purpose in befriending Iran is actually directed against Israel. Shafting Israel has always been Barack Obama’s real goal.

    And, Barack Obama’s marked anti-Israel animus makes some sense, because Barack Obama certainly practiced Islam as a child in Indonesia and then subsequently kept something of a Muslim self-identification deep into his third decade — after which, he suddenly started to ostentatiously practice Christianity, likely for political advantage.

    Why did Barack Obama egregiously lie to the American People about his religious history? He lied because he knew that Americans would never have elected a Muslim or a former-Muslim to the presidency.

    However, there are very strong Muslim perspectives to the way that Barack Obama views the world. For example, like Fareed Zakaria, Barack Obama has a markedly Muslim perspective with respect to the race to nuclear weapons of the Islamic Republic of Iran. When all is said and done, it is very hard to believe that a USA President without Muslim roots would ever have made that highly peculiar sweetheart deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    President Obama is certainly guilty of conflict of loyalties and bias. He privileges Muslim civilization and fails to protect the vital interests of the USA and the Western World.

    By both genetics and culture, Barack Obama is not “Black American.” For example, in 1985 he specifically told his then girlfriend that he did not have “a black bone in his body.” Both by birth and culture Barack Obama was certainly Muslim.

    There is absolutely no evidence to show that Barack Obama was born elsewhere than in Hawaii. However, there is plenty of evidence to show that Barack Obama was born and raised Muslim.

  • Barbara

    Thank you, Chloe Vadary, for your courage in speaking out! Martin Luther King would be on your side if he were here.