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Understanding the Movement for Black Lives Platform and Its Inclusion of Anti-Israel Rhetoric

August 24, 2016
Posted by: JCRC Staff

On August 1, 2016, The Movement for Black Lives released a national platform. The document includes 40 policy suggestions. One section, “Invest-Divest,” caused significant national Jewish community and media attention because it includes hateful and extreme language regarding Israel. Calling Israel “an apartheid state,” the document claims “the US 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.” Curious how this vitriolic rhetoric got included, and what has been the national response? Here is a collection of further-reading links:

JCRC Update on The Movement for Black Lives and Israel

About the Platform (articles describing the platform)

Black Lives Matter's big step (CNN)
The Permanence of Black Lives Matter (Atlantic)

National Jewish Community Groups Respond

Reform Movement Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Racial Justice, Condemn Movement for Black Lives Platform Language on Israel (RAC)
T’ruah Statement on The Movement for Black Lives Platform (T’ruah)
The Demonization of Israel in Black Lives platform harms fight for racial justice in the U.S. (StandWithUs)
NCJW Responds to Movement for Black Lives Platform (NCJW)
Moral Responsibility, Israel and Black Lives Matter (Ameinu)
Jewish Federations of North America Statement (JFNA)
Movement for Black Lives Disparages Jews, Israel (AJC)
On the Movement for Black Lives (J Street)
Eyes on The Prize: In Pursuit of Racial Justice, Stick to the Facts and Avoid the Fiction (ADL)

Jewish Perspectives and Voices

Black Lives Matter and the Jewish Response (Jewish Journal)
As a Rabbi, I Can't Support Black Lives Matter When They Call to Boycott 'Apartheid' Israel (Haaretz)
As a Jew of Color, I Back Black Lives Matter But Not Its Approach to Israel, Which Erases Jewish Experience (Tablet)
A Wounded Friend: A Rabbinic Response To The New Black Lives Matter Platform (Huffington Post)
I’m a Jew of Color and Accusing Israel of ‘Genocide’ Disgusts Me (Forward)
Why I Still Support Black Lives Matter (Forward)
Dear Jews, Black Lives Can’t Only Matter When You’re Criticizing The Movement (Tablet)
#BlackLivesMatter: The Right vs Wrong Side of History (My Jewish Learning)


Jewish groups decry Black Lives Matter platform’s view on Israel (Washington Post)
How The Black Lives Matter and Palestinian Movements Converged (Moment)

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PHOTO: Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oakland, California, by Annette Bernhardt (2014) via Flickr.