Black Lives Matter Stands up for Palestinians

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A coalition of Black Lives Matter activists spoke up against the Israeli regime and requested that the United States divest from Tel Aviv.

“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,” The Movement for Black Lives stated in a document signed by more than 50 civil rights organizations, Alwaght reported.

The coalition is also demanding that Washington redirect investments, including the annual $3.1 billion granted to the Israeli regime, into services for black people and other oppressed Americans, aid that is much needed to tilt the balance of equality in the US.

“The results of the US policy toward Israel are twofold: it not only diverts much needed funding from domestic education and social programs, but it makes US citizens complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government. Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people. Palestinian homes and land are routinely bulldozed to make way for illegal Israeli settlements,” the movement’s policy platform explains.

The platform was announced as many right-wing pro-Israeli groups have stood against Black Lives Matter since its inception and they opposed the platform.

On the other hand, NGOs like Jewish Voice for Peace, which defends the Palestinian cause, said it supports the platform without reservation.

“We are deeply disappointed by the response from a number of Jewish organizations to the platform, particularly the ‘Invest-Divest’ section that endorses the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and makes a clear call for Black/Palestinian solidarity. These Jewish organizations are rejecting a thorough and inspiring transformational set of policy ideas developed by a broad coalition of Black leaders simply because these Black leaders have explicitly linked the experiences and struggles of Palestinians with their own,” the NGO stated.

In recent years, civil rights activists visited Palestine in a show of support for the Palestinians’ cause under the current Israeli occupation. Palestinian activists have returned these visits as ties between the two sides seem to be strengthening.

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