Palestinian and Black American freedom struggles

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(NNPA)—Knowing of my concern about  justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America. [http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180382/students-justice-palestine#undefined]

The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African-American struggle for justice. Actually, there is nothing new in this piece. Those who oppose justice for the Palestinians regularly drag out quotes from various historic African-American leaders in order to attempt to make their case.  While this may sway some people, it does not settle the matter of whether comparisons of the Palestinian situation and that of African-Americans are legitimate.

To consider such comparisons you have to look at a few things.  Let’s start:

Beginning in 1947, Palestinians, including Christians and Muslims, were removed from land that they had inhabited for thousands of years.  The Palestinians, by the way, had not just appeared in that portion of the Middle East in the recent past.  It is now clear that, genetically speaking, the Palestinians have their roots in the ancient Hebrews.

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