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BLM spreads the virus of anti-Semitism


THE squabbles over Dominic Cummings might seem a faint memory but politicians from all parties are still demonstrating their double standards. They happily cheer on Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrators, gathering in their thousands around the country, while it’s still illegal for the rest of us to visit our elderly parents. Whatever the ‘one rule for them and another for us’ judgment over Cummings, it is now quite clear there is one rule for law-abiding citizens who obey the draconian lockdown and one for the thugs creating havoc in the name of protesting against racism.

Of the absurd as well as shocking images we’ve been besieged with from these protests – worthy of Chairman Mao’s show trials during the Cultural Revolution – the most obscene has been the sight of politicians and police ‘taking the knee’. 

It’s high time that those who have participated in this craven gesture understand exactly what they are doing and who they are bowing down to. The uncomfortable truth is that as an organisation BLM is in danger of becoming less about human rights and more about virulent racism and anti-Semitism.

Although the Movement for Black Lives coalition, of which BLM is a prominent member, has largely coalesced around charges of mass incarcerations of black people in the US, police violence against them and other domestic issues (disputed by American academic John McWhorter here) it has also called for the ending of military aid to Israel, falsely accusing it of being an apartheid state, despite the country arguably being the only democracy in the Middle East. 

Four years ago the Movement for Black Lives came out with a manifesto called ‘A Vision for Black Lives’, a truly Marxist revolutionary document which inter alia accuses Israel of genocide against Palestinians. This is a lie and a blood libel. A string of sympathetic Jewish organisations, from the Anti-Defamation League to the Reform movement and the National Council of Jewish Women, condemned this use of genocide and apartheid language. 

Underling this gross defamation is the activists’ oxymoronic belief that by allying with Islamist agendas, including the destruction of Israel, they are ‘fighting racism’. So anyone who criticises their anti-Semitism by definition is pronounced a racist and this becomes, in this mindset, yet another form of ‘racism’, a recent phenomenon on which I have written several times.

Two years ago I questioned the political motives of BLM and warned about their anti-Semitism and connection with the Islamist group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). I also warned that BLM were tragically demolishing most of the good work done by equal rights campaigners over the past 50 years: ‘As they up their anti-Semitic rhetoric, pitting black Americans against Jewish ones, the once-supportive alliance between the two groups is being forgotten and eroded.’

The liberal elite appear as ignorant of BLM’s anti-Semitism as they are of its perverse and conspiracy theory world-view of white supremacist and patriarchal oppression. A man from Mars reading ‘A Vision for Black Lives’ would be forgiven for believing there was no ‘one man one vote’, no equality under the law and no human rights in the US at all, that its capitalism was as oppressive and brutal as Stalinism. 

In their enlightenment, the woke prefer to castigate President Trump while remaining wilfully ignorant about the revolutionary cult they are endorsing. In the last week, since the protests began in Los Angeles – home of the woke celebrity – Jewish business owners have been targeted. BLM protesters have vandalised their shops and synagogues. One Iranian Jewish stallholder had his business targeted and destroyed by more than 50 thugs wielding bats and crowbars. 

Being taught to hate Israel is shamefully having an effect. ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Kill the Jews’, war cries of the far Left and Islamists, were scrawled on to the walls of these shops and synagogues. So far BLM have not raised any objections to this vandalism. 

Last week at a BLM rally held with the Rhodes Must Fall mob at Oxford University, anti-Semitic slurs and conspiracy theories about Israel abounded.

When some students objected, they were made to feel so uncomfortable that they left the rally.   

It’s not only Jews who have been subjected to the wrath of the BLM mob. Churches have also been attacked.

Anti-Semitism, like anti-capitalism, is a virus and it spreads.

Britain’s politicians need to wake up and get a grip. They are foolishly letting an increasingly supremacist BLM, with an anti-Semitic obsession, lead the narrative on racism. But BLM’s overt anti-Semitism, extreme intolerance and prejudice makes their own claim to fight racism ring hollow. Liberals must never forget history nor ever give anti-Semites a free pass.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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