Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for Black Lives Matter Movement to Purge Anti-Semitism
We've been talking a lot about Black Lives Matter. Of course, everyone's been talking a lot about Black Lives Matter. Very few of the talkers are discussing the anti-Semitism written into the Black Lives Matter platform. As Jews we can't ignore that, and we cannot support any organization that promotes anti-Semitism no matter what positions they promote on other issues. Some Jewish people and organizations are willing to look past the Jew-hatred, excusing it with the old "we don't agree on all issues" dodge. That is foolish, short-sighted, and self-destructive.
ZOA is one of the few Jewish organizations that has spoken out against BLM's anti-Semitism. For their honesty and bravery in going against the pandering crowd, they were attacked by many other Jewish organizations that want to gain favor from people who hate Jews. ZOA, while in the minority, is not alone. The Rabbinical Alliance of America is also demanding that BLM remove its anti-Semitism.
The Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Orthodox Rabbis—calls on the Black Lives Movement to purge anti-Semitism from its platform.
The Rabbinical Alliance of America recognizes that the tragic events that led to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have spurred a much-needed conversation on racism. As a nation, we have an obligation to engage in this important discussion which hopefully will lead to concrete policy proposals and constructive solutions to eradicate racism from our nation once and for all.
The Rabbinical Alliance of America has concerns with anti-Semitism within the ranks of the Black Lives Matter movement. Recently, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slogans were expressed during a July 1, 2020, march held in Washington DC. The marchers carried Black Lives Matter and pro-Palestinian signs. Protestors at the demonstration chanted, “Israel, we know you, you murder children, too.” The demonstration was billed as an event in support of the Days of Rage called by the Palestinian Authority and other groups to protest Israel’s consideration of proclaiming sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.
The problem is that even if the anti-Semitic planks are removed from BLM's platform, it will still exist in its leaders' hearts. A cosmetic paper change will do nothing to eradicate BLM's anti-Semitism.
We will always have to monitor BLM's anti-Semitism because their fawning political, media, and mainstream Jewish SJW allies will always ignore it.