A recent Daily News editorial criticized the movement for Black lives for their anti-Israel position. As the leader of Black Lives Matter New York I agree with Campaign Zero, another organization in the Black Lives Matter Movement which rejects the anti-Israel stand. I disavow the position of movement for Black lives on this issue.
As the Civil Rights Movement grew, multiple leaders and organizations emerged with differing ideals from the original language upon which the movement was founded. We are seeing this now with the Black Lives Matter movement. Recently, movement for Black lives, an organization within the movement has been criticized for using anti-Semetic language as part of its platform. It is unfortunate that one organization is causing the entire movement to be labeled as being racist against the Jews. To say that Black Lives Matter as a whole is anti-Semetic is simply not true.
It is no secret that international debate over the conflict between Israel and Palestine is deeply rooted in the foreign affairs history of the United States. Yet, I do not consider myself to be the most qualified person to give an opinion on the conflict. I am, however, fully aware of the significant role American Jews have played in helping lay the foundation of some of the most important civil rights organizations that rose as a result of racial injustices against Blacks in America. NAACP, Urban League, Congress of Racial Equality, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference all had backing by American Jews.