Last Monday, the Black Lives Matter organization declared its solidarity with Hamas, the Palestinian terror group. The BLM official Twitter account posted that they stand with the Palestinians. The group’s objectives will always stand with Palestinian liberation.
Solidarity With Palestinians
“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. (Always have. And always will),” the organization said.
Individual Black Lives Matter chapters also declared solidarity with Hamas and their cause. For example, BLM of Patterson, New Jersey, one of the more vocal chapters, issued a lengthy statement. They called out Israel’s “occupation” of Gaza and called them a “repressive apparatus.”
The sentiment echoes throughout the progressive base in the US. This includes support from Representative Cori Bush (D-MO), who spoke against Israel in a floor address.
During her speech, she gave credit to a Palestinian-American activist with ties to the Black Lives Matter organization that called for the death of police officers. Bush also went to Twitter to compare the current conflict in Gaza with the riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
In addition, Bush allies herself with the progressive caucus of the Democratic Party often referred to as “The Squad.”
“The fight for Black lives and the fight for Palestinian liberation are interconnected. We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma.
We are anti-war, we are anti-occupation. And we are anti-apartheid. Period,” Bush tweeted, citing her own House floor speech on the matter.
In addition, fellow Squad member Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also gave her support to the Palestinians. Recently, Tlaib met with President Joe Biden briefly on Tuesday morning to discuss the President’s apparent silence on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
Violence Against Palestinians
In addition, BLM Paterson condemned the current situation in the Sheikh Jarrah enclave. Israeli settlers are reportedly evicting residents from their ancestral homes.
The Patterson chapter detailed how the Black Lives Matter movement connects with Palestinian liberation efforts. Specifically, it cited the Black Panther movement of the 1970s.
“Our deep roots of solidarity are part of a rich tradition of mutual support and exchange between Palestine and US-based liberation movements, from the Black Panthers to the most recent communication between activists in Gaza and Ferguson, MO.
Our struggles are connected in many ways, not least because the same Israeli forces forcibly expelling the original inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah train repressive police forces around the world, including the US,” the Patterson chapter said.
Anti-Israel Since Its Inception
As an organization, Black Lives Matter allied itself with Palestinians since its inception. When the group formed in the mid-2010s, it laid out its political agenda and made sure to include a statement on Israel.
During their formative period, the BLM group released its political platform which detailed their agenda covering US police policies to education reforms to the prison system.
However, the group felt the need to include a small section crystallizing their stand on Israel and Palestine.
Black Lives Matter also allied itself with the anti-Semitic Boycott-Divest-Sanction, or BDS, movement. This movement calls for countries to isolate Israel and cut off trade relations.
Watch the Sky News video reporting that Palestinians may have gotten inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement:
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