Brussels Airlines caves to pressure – and cancels BDS

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In a victory in the fight against BDS, the Belgian airline caved to pressure and reinstated Samarian food items on flights.

Belgian company Brussels Airlines sent a letter to the Israeli Ambassador to Brussels, Simona Frankel, in which the Airline made clear its intention to cancel its current boycott of the products of the food company “Achva,” based out of Samaria.

Brussels Airlines had taken Achva halva bars out of its snack options, after a pro-Palestinian organization leaned on it to remove products made in Judea and Samaria, as part of their “boycott, divest, sanction” campaign to delegitimize Israel.

“As a flight company which services an international community of people with different cultures and backgrounds, we are responsible to offer products which please everyone, and therefore we decided to switch out the dessert,” Brussels Airlines defended itself.

In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, led by Dore Gold, championed the cause of Achva – and won.

Inside Israel, the response was fast and furious. Minister of Tourism Yariv Lavin (Likud) even threatened that “a company such as this has no place on the firmament of the state of Israel, and its name is worthy of being taken off the flights board of Ben Gurion Airport.”

“It is clear that Achva remains one of our trustful suppliers and without any distinction related to the origin of the product and therefore we will continue to accept Achva’s products on board our flights, especially given its positive role in the community,” the letter read.

The Minister of Tourism emphasized that “together with the great industrialists who operate in Judea, Samaria, the Jordan River Valley, and the Golan, we will overcome all attempts to prevent us from exercising our rights to built and create in our land.”

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

JORDAN: Israel Agrees to US-Initiated Peace Summit; Palestinians Demand Preconditions

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According to a report in the Jordanian press, Israel has agreed to a US-initiated three-way peace summit, while the Palestinian Authority is demanding preconditions, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Sunday.

The government-owned newspaper Al Ra’i reported that the administration in Washington recently proposed the renewal of talks between Israel and the PA under its auspices. However, said the report – based on statements made by a PLO Executive Committee member – while Israel insisted that these be held with no preconditions, the PA said it would only consent if Israel first halted settlement construction and released another tranche of convicts.

“We welcome any activity whose goal is to move the political process forward, but there are conditions that Israel has to fulfill in order for the meeting not to deal solely with economic relations,” said Wassel Abu Yousef. “We are currently interested in progress along the lines of the French initiative.”

As was reported in The Algemeiner late in June, the foreign ministers of the European Union’s 28 member states backed the French initiative, adopted in Paris on June 3 — something that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed, on the grounds that only through direct negotiations with the Palestinians can any genuine progress be made.

The last round of negotiations between Israel and the PA began in the summer of 2013, following pressure by the US State Department to restart the peace process. These talks collapsed by April 2014.

In September 2015, amid rumors that Israel was attempting to change the status quo of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians launched a “lone-wolf intifada,” characterized mainly by stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians, which has continued until today, though it has waned considerably in the last two months, according to the IDF.

Original Article: Algemeiner

14 arrested for bombing, drugs,weapons, money-laundering ring in Jerusalem

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Suspects part of criminal cell operating in Jerusalem.

One month after a failed criminal-related Jerusalem car bombing, police on Sunday announced arrests of two suspects from central Israel who attempted the murder and 12 of their cohorts in a drug, weapons and money-laundering ring.

The explosion on the morning of July 27 near Liberty Bell Park, located in the vicinity of the Dan Panorama Hotel and King David Street, lightly wounded the car’s unidentified driver, who was treated at the hospital.

Following an intensive investigation, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was determined by a forensics team that the bomb was planted under the vehicle by two Arab-Israeli men from Jaljulya, near Kfar Saba.

“They placed the bomb under a Jewish man’s vehicle and waited in Jerusalem until he walked out of his house and got into the car, and then detonated the explosive,” said Rosenfeld.

“As part of the ongoing investigation the two suspects, and 12 other suspects involved in that criminal-related ring, were arrested during the first week of this month, 10 days after the explosive device went off. They were found with drugs, illegal money, a stolen vehicle and weapons.”

While Rosenfeld said he could not comment on certain details of the investigation, he noted that the man whose car was targeted was somehow involved in the criminal enterprise.

“The investigation is ongoing, but we’re talking about an organized underground criminal cell based in central Israel that operated in Jerusalem, that was involved in grievous bodily harm, drug dealing and money laundering,” he said.

Rosenfeld added that all 14 suspects have been arraigned at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where a judge ordered their remand amid the ongoing investigation.

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Polish soccer fans torch ‘Jewish’ effigies, fly banner calling for burning of Jews

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Ahead of town rivalry game in Polish city of Łódź, ruffians reportedly held rally against team that is often derided as “Jewish.”

A group of soccer hooligans in Poland torched effigies representing Jews and displayed banners calling for Jews to be burned in a shocking display during a match last Friday, according to local media reports and a global anti-Semitism watchdog.

The incident occurred when dozens of fans supporting the Widzew Łódź side rallied against the town rival ŁKS Łódź, which is often derided as “Jewish” by opposing teams’ fans, in a similar fashion that the British team Tottenham Hotspur is regarded.

The rally took place ahead of the derby match at a local train station in the central Polish city that used to boast a large Jewish population prior to WWII.

According to a weekend report by the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, the demonstrators at the rally unfurled a banner printed with the slogan “19.08, today the Jews were named,” in reference to the year ŁKS Łódź was established.

“Let them burn, motherf***ers,” continued the banner’s illicit message.

The report noted that images taken at the event showed the ruffians igniting strung-up effigies donned in attire apparently representative of Orthodox Jews.

Debates over Poland’s attitude toward anti-Semitism have previously erupted over the contentious practices of some of the country’s soccer fans.

However, in 2014, a Polish municipal prosecutor in Poznań ruled that chants by soccer fans are not deemed criminal offenses.

Following the decision, European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor condemned the reaction of authorities in the face of the offensive, prejudicial actions of soccer fans.

“Unfortunately, extreme anti-Semitic chants like those in Poznan are regularly heard in many European stadiums, including in England and Holland, and the reaction of the authorities is minimal,” CNN quoted him as saying.

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Israeli fans in France greeted with Palestinian flags, Israeli flags banned

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Security measures had been stepped up ahead of the Europa League soccer match between St. Etienne and Beitar Jerusalem in France on Thursday.

After much talk over the high security risks at Thursday nights Europa League soccer match between St. Etienne and Beitar Jerusalem in France Beitar supporters arrived to the stadium to find they were not allowed to enter with Israeli flags, Israeli sports news website One reported.

The fans were then greeted with not only French flags but Palestinian flags as well, marking the second time in as many weeks that an Israeli soccer team was greeted abroad with Palestinian flags.

Ahead of the game authorities were preparing for a high risk of violence, according to French media.

There was a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol within a safety zone around the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium as well as a ban of pyrotechnics around the venue.

Security measures had been stepped up ahead of the Europa League soccer match between St. Etienne and Beitar Jerusalem in France on Thursday.

Pro-Palestinian activists have called for a rally outside of St. Etienne’s City Hall, using the Israeli team’s presence as an opportunity to protest Israeli policies.

There was a known a possibility that St. Etienne’s “Green Angels,” the French club’s fan group, will make their presence felt with around 200 to 300 people at the rally.

“La Familia,” Beitar Jerusalem’s group of staunch supporters, has drawn condemnation over the years for its extremist outlook. The group is known to foster anti-Arab sentiments.

In July, over 400 police officers performed an operation arresting 47 members of the group on suspicion of intent to bring pyrotechnics to matches and illegal weapons trafficking.

Thursday’s measures came after Scotland’s Celtic team supporters greeted the Hapoel Beersheba team with Palestinian flags during a match earlier this month, for which the Union of European Football Associations took disciplinary action against the team from Glasgow.

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Facebook takes down Hamas accounts

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Facebook has taken down the social media accounts of several Hamas members, at the height of the local Gaza election campaign.

Facebook reportedly closed the account of Hamas leader Ismail Radwan on Facebook, in addition Sami Abu Zuhri, Fawzi Barhoum and Salah Bardawil, in the midst of municipal Gazan election season. Hamas leaders frequently use their social media accounts to garner support for terrorism and incitement to terror.

Last week, Facebook closed the account of Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh. Throughout July, Facebook closed the accounts of the Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Politburo Musa Abu Marzouk, Khaled Meshaal confidante Ezzat al-Rishq, and a number of Hamas student leaders.

Speaking to Palestinian news agency Ma’an, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassim claims that the closures are an act of Israeli internet terror, despite no known connection between Israel and Facebook’s managers.

“The occupation fears the revelation of its scandalous crimes at the expense of the Palestinian people through posts on social media,” Qassim said with bravado.

The closures come after New York-based legal advocacy organization Shurat HaDin took action in late 2015, suing Facebook for publishing incitement to terror, as well as for discriminating between Israeli and Palestinian pages. Facebook finally compiled in July.

Back in January, Facebook insisted that “does not tolerate hate speech, including against people on the basis of their nationality. We review all reports and take down such content.”

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

PLO official claims Abbas refused Netanyahu meeting; US denies meeting proposed

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The meeting reportedly would have included the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Obama administration denied a report circulating through Palestinian media that Washington tried to broker a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We are not aware of such a proposal,” Edgar Vasquez, a State Department spokesman, told The Jerusalem Post.

On Thursday, a report in Al-Quds, a daily Palestinian newspaper, quoted a PLO Executive Committee member Ahmad Majdalani on-record claiming such a US proposal.

The report added that Majdalani said Abbas turned down the US offer to arrange a meeting with the Israeli prime minister.
Majdalani’s statements appeared to confirm another al-Quds report on Wednesday, which said that “well-placed” sources revealed that a US proposal existed and Abbas rejected it.

In that report, the unknown sources suggested that the proposed meeting would have included the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Moreover, the sources claimed that President Abbas rejected the US proposal because he saw it as a clear effort to bypass the French initiative to hold an international peace conference.

Wasel Abu Yousef, another member of the PLO Executive Committee, told The Jerusalem Post that he could not confirm al-Quds’ reports, but added that the Palestinian leadership has a clear position regarding any meeting with the Israeli prime minister.

“The Palestinian position is that any meeting or political move should be paralleled by a settlement freeze in the occupied territories and the release of the fourth batch of prisoners, which Netanyahu refused to release during the last round of negotiations,” Abu Yousef said.

The Palestinian leadership has recently put its full support behind the French initiative to hold an international peace conference. It hopes that it will create new mechanism for the peace process including a timeline to end the conflict and Israel’s military rule over the Palestinian territories.

For his part, Vasquez, the State Department official, told the Post, “As we’ve said before, we are generally keeping an open mind about the French efforts. We remain in close touch with the French as well as other international partners to continue to discuss ideas about how to move things in a constructive direction and bring us closer to achieving peace.”

The Israeli government has strongly rejected the French initiative, saying that it prefers “direct and bilateral negotiations.”

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Ibiza municipality endorses BDS against Israel

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The council agreement essentially declares the area of Santa Eulalia a “Space Free of Israeli Apartheid” and calls on the municipal government to execute the boycott agreement.

Ibiza, the renowned Spanish Island in the Mediterranean – which attracts many Israelis due to its lively nightlife scene and beautiful beaches, may soon not be so welcoming towards Israel and Israelis.

According to ACOM, an Israel lobby group working to combat BDS in Spain, last month the Santa Eulalia City Council, an exclusive residential area and the second most populated municipality on the island, endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel in its plenary session.

ACOM explained that the endorsement commits the city to “support the BDS campaign, the boycott against Israeli and pro-Israel institutions, companies and organizations, including Spanish nationals associated or sympathetic to the Jewish state.”

The council agreement essentially declares the area of Santa Eulalia, a popular international tourist attraction, a “Space Free of Israeli Apartheid” and calls on the municipal government to execute the boycott agreement, ACOM said.

The boycott proposal was initiated by the far left municipal group Guanyem, part of the Podemos party network and was approved with the favorable votes of the Socialist Party and the conservative People Party (PP), the ruling party of Prime Minister Rajoy in Spain which also enjoys an overall majority in Santa Eulalia town hall.

Podemos, a rising political party, with reported ties to the Iranian and Venezuelan regimes, obtained 20% of the last national elections’ vote and 71 seats in the Spanish Parliament. It also controls the city councils of main cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.

According to ACOM, Podemos has used its presence in local governments over the last 10 months to promote an aggressive institutional BDS campaign that to date has declared 50 city councils throughout the country “free of Israeli apartheid” – declarations which continue on a weekly basis.

These regulations aim to exclude Israeli interests, and also Spanish citizens friendly to Israel, from civic, social, political and economic life, creating a modern “Judenfrei oil spill,” ACOM said.

To counter this massive rise in pro-BDS declarations, ACOM has pressed legal charges against every single public institution and local government that has adopted an anti-Israel declaration.

To date 24 court rulings, writs, reports by the State Prosecutor’s Office and town hall legal departments have backed up the nullity of institutional agreements supporting the BDS initiatives.

As a result of the ACOM’s legal actions, nine courts in Spain have already ruled the BDS declarations are “illegal, discriminatory, unconstitutional and against Human Rights,” reversing the decisions of the city councils.

“ACOM urges the city council of Santa Eulalia in Ibiza and its Mayor Vicente Mari Torres to reverse immediately the discriminatory boycott agreement that goes directly against the many Israeli and pro-Israel residents and visitors to Ibiza,” the group said in a statement.

“We also demand that the ruling Partido Popular of Prime Minister Rajoy instructs its different local authorities to actively oppose these declarations. The Spanish Government should also act proactively through its State Attorney against such unconstitutional agreements so that it is not just up to private organizations such as ACOM to fight against blatant antisemitism exercised by public authorities in Spain,” ACOM said.

The organization said it will also seek legal remedies in order to “redress this blatant act of discrimination” by the Santa Eulalia City Council.

Samuel Parra, the City Council’s spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that the City Council did not vote to support a boycott against Israel, but rather voted to support a statement of solidarity and agreement with the UN resolutions regarding Israel.

He iterated that it is the Council’s policy not to discriminate based on faith, religion, and race as well as on the basis of national origin.

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

PA fires Palestinian who helped Jewish terror victims

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Palestinian man was first to offer assistance after Route 60 terrorist attack that killed Rabbi Michael Mark • PA says dismissal due to budget cuts, but only one person is fired • Family raises $26,000 to honor teen Hallel Yaffa, slain in separate attack.

A Palestinian man who was first to offer assistance at the scene of the Route 60 terrorist attack that killed Rabbi Michael Mark and injured his wife and daughter last month has been dismissed from his public service job in the Palestinian Authority.

J., whose full name has not been made public, was the first of two Palestinians who provided assistance to the Mark family immediately following the attack. Dr. Ali Abu Sherech, a doctor from the Hebron area, also stopped at the scene within minutes of the attack and provided medical care to the family.

A relative of J.’s told Israel Hayom that “since it became clear that he was the first to arrive at the scene of the attack and that he helped the victims, he and his family have been subjected to a smear campaign and received threats.

“He is not scared, but it bothers him that he and his family have become outcasts since the event. More than anything, it hurts him that he was fired from his job in the public sector of the Palestinian Authority. They told him that he was let go because of budget cuts, but he was the only one who was fired a few days after the incident.”

The relative stressed that J. does not regret his decision to help the Mark family.

“Even in a war, you don’t hurt a wounded enemy and you provide assistance, and that is what he did,” he said. “If he could go back, he would do the exact same thing.”

The Palestinian Authority has declined to comment on the incident.

Har Hebron Regional Council head Yochai Damari wrote in a Facebook post that “J. arrived on the scene seconds after the attack and he worked to free the children from the vehicle and to release the seat belt that was strangling the mother, Havi. Afterward, he even watched over the children in his own car and saw to it that nobody hurt them or kidnapped them — this despite the fact that people in the dozens of cars that passed by threatened him and demanded that he refuse to help Jews.”

Damari added that he had met with J., who had asked him to help arrange an Israeli work permit for him. Following the meeting, Damari approached Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman asking for help.

“In situations like these, it is our duty as a Jewish nation to show gratitude toward people who behave like upstanding human beings,” Damari wrote. “Specifically at a time like this, it is important to strengthen the positive forces and to send a clear message that normal and positive behavior like this will result in a normal and positive reward from us.”

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked commented on the issue during a visit to the Har Hebron area.

“I understand that the Palestinian Authority fired the person who helped the Mark family,” she said. “This is the behavior of [an organization] that encourages terrorism. I will demand of the U.N. secretary-general to take action to stop this abuse of someone whose only sin was to help injured Jews.”

Mark’s wife, Havi, who was seriously injured in the attack, underwent surgery Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and is reported to be in good condition. Neurosurgery Department head Dr. Yigal Shoshann said, “The surgery was complex and related to the injuries from the attack. It went well and Havi is now awake and communicating with all of us.”

The Mark family has expressed gratitude to the public for the support and prayers received.

Meanwhile, an amount exceeding 100,000 shekels ($26,000) was raised in less than two weeks to help fund a visitors’ center in memory of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, the 13-year-old girl who was murdered in her sleep in a terrorist attack at her home in Kiryat Arba in late June.

The family’s goal is to raise a total of 450,000 shekels ($118,000) toward the memorial project. The center will be built at the Ariel family’s winery, where the slain girl loved to work. The funds are being raised on Israeli crowd-funding site Headstart.

Ariel’s parents, Rina and Amichai, are calling on the public to continue supporting the initiative and have expressed gratitude for the donations received so far: “We are full of appreciation for all those who have supported us until now — it is further testimony to our amazing and warm nation.”

Original Article: Israel Hayom

Labour at a Crossroads: Cancel party conference, or reverse boycott of G4S?

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With lack of accessibility to G4S, Labour was forced to source its own security – yet that proved to be a challenge.

The UK’s Labour party may have to cancel an already planned party conference, unless it decides to override its call for a boycott of international security firm G4S, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Leaked emails to Iain McNicol, the party’s general secretary, revealed that the Labour chose to end its relationship with G4S due to the security company’s links to Israeli prisons.

With lack of accessibility to G4S, Labour was forced to source its own security. Yet that proved to be a challenge – and the party now finds its self at a crossroads where it must choose to either cancel the long-anticipated event or reverse the boycott of the security company.

Labour MP John Woodcock referred to the boycott of G4S as an “example of the ideologically purist leader’s team creating havoc for ordinary party members with their selectively and susceptly applied principles.”

“They are imposing this decision, made from their bunker in central London, on party members just at a time when the threat levels to non-Corbyn supporters are increased because of harassment.

“They have managed to screw up even the most basic and decent thing as providing security for us and risk making Labour a laughing stock.”

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on commercial arrangements.”

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

UN aid agency official collaborated with Hamas

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In July, the Shin Bet and the Israel Police arrested Wahid Abdallah Borsh, 38, of Jabaliya in Gaza , on suspicion he used his position in the UN Development Program (UNDP), to help Hamas.

The UNDP agency runs restoration and development projects for the population in Gaza, including restoration work on houses damaged during military engagements.

Wahid Borsh worked as an engineer in the agency since 2003. He was in charge of demolition of houses that were destroyed and clearing debris from the construction sites.

Borsh’s interrogation by the Shin Bet yielded the revelation that in 2014 he was instructed by a senior Hamas official to conduct his work in the UNDP in such a way as to enable Hamas to gain the maximum benefit from it.

Borsh then did various things to help the Hamas. In 2015, he helped build a marina for the use of Hamas’ military wing in the north of the Gaza Strip, using UNDP resources.

The investigators also discovered that within the framework of construction project of which Borsh was in charge in 2015, he lobbied his supervisors to give higher priority to areas in which senior Hamas officials lived, as he’d been asked to do by Hamas.

In addition, when UNDP operations would reveal weapons depots or tunnel entrances, Borsh ensured Hamas would be able to arrive and take control of the area immediately, contrary to UNDP regulations.

Borsh told investigators about additional Hamas operatives who are involved in humanitarian aid operations, and gave over information regarding Hamas bases, weapons depots and tunnels.

An indictment was filed against him today in the Be’er Sheva district court.

The Foreign Ministry has sent information about the arrest of their erstwhile employee to the UN Secretary-General’s office and the heads of the UNDP organization in New York.

“We expect the UN and especially the UNDP to issue a strong condemnation of the Hamas for taking advantage of the aid organizations. We also expect concrete action to be taken to ensure that the humanitarian aid resources reach the ones who need it and not Hamas terror mongers,” the Foreign Ministry statement read.

Last week it was revealed that the head of the Gaza branch of the World Vision charity organization had been using his position to trnasfer funds to Hamas terrorists.

Original Article: Arutz Sheva

Black Lives Matter’s Jewish Problem Is Also a Black Problem

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On Aug. 1, the Black Lives Matter Coalition (BLM) of groups and partners published a platform of objectives and demands ostensibly constructed to correct heavy-handed policing, educational negligence, and economic inadequacy in black communities.

That platform did no such thing.

Instead, organizers offered up a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas in the service of creating a new world order, one in which defunding police, releasing all political prisoners from jail, and redistributing of land are imperative.

Moreover, apparently believing that societal reforms in America’s inner cities are somehow related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, BLM included a section on Israel in it list of demands. With trite talking points, the group called for a divestment from the Jewish state as it is allegedly “complicit in the genocide against the Palestinian people.”

What this means is unpleasant to contemplate. An organization formed to confront systematic prejudice against black Americans—which predates the reestablishment of the state of Israel—is now intimating that such prejudice is caused by the Jewish state’s supposed genocidal tendencies (which, according to census reports, have led to a population increase among Palestinians).

Though I find no intrinsic value in “rebutting” crackpot conspiracy theories, it’s worth demonstrating how far removed BLM is from honoring the legacy of its ancestors by reminding readers just how pro-Zionist prominent leaders in the black community have been throughout history—and how Zionism helped shape black politics in America.

Edward Wilmot Blyden, founder of the 19th-century American Pan-African movement, famously wrote,“[I have] the deepest possible interest in the current history of the Jews—especially in that marvelous movement called Zionism.”

W.E.B. Dubois, founder of the NAACP, declared in 1919, “The African movement must mean to us what the Zionist movement must mean to the Jews, the centralization of race effort and the recognition of a racial front. … For any ebullition of effort and feeling that results in an amelioration of the lot of Africa tends to ameliorate the conditions of colored peoples throughout the world.”

Marcus Garvey, founder of the Back-to-Africa movement, stated in 1920, “When a Jew says, ‘We shall have Palestine,’ the same feeling comes to us when we say, ‘We shall have Africa.’ … Africa remains the heritage of black people, as Palestine is of the Jews.”

Even Malcolm X favorably declared, the year before he was assassinated that, “Pan- Africanism will do for the people of African descent all over the world, the same that Zionism has done for Jews all over the world.”

Not only has Zionism influenced black political movements throughout American history, Israel has long been used as a symbol of black liberation and freedom. By denigrating the memory of this legacy, BLM disrespects black American heritage and betrays the hard-won freedom it claims to stand for.

To make matters worse, BLM cites the BDS movement as a source and an inspiration for its own movement—that is, declaring itself to be akin to a movement whose co-founder Omar Barghouti has called for the dismantling of the Jewish state, and a “right to resist [Israel] by all means,” ie, terrorism. This is an insult to the memory of black leaders and the tradition of our struggle: A struggle that has been rooted in recognition of the rights and dignity of all human beings as well as love for peoples everywhere.

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him,” stated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Empathy and compassion for the other—even while being unjustly treated—were not words in manifestos but ideas that informed and contributed to the success of the Civil Rights Movement. Black Americans did not stab innocent 13-year-old girls sleeping in their beds or run over white men with their cars; they were the victims of such heinous acts. Yet still, even after four little girls were brutally murdered in a church, the black community decided to love, and to practice and preach nonviolence.

Perhaps BLM’s ugliest display of hypocrisy is in its claim to stand with black Americans while promoting movements whose Gaza-based heroes actively engage in the African slave trade. In 2013, CNN Berlin correspondent Frederik Pleitgen details Hamas’ involvement in the African slave trade in a piece titled, “Human trafficking in the Sinai: to fight it we need to know it.” According to Pleitgen, “Some of the major traffickers, including Abu Ahmed and Abu Khaled, have declared in interviews reported in the media, to be part of Hamas.” Pleitgen also reported that arms caches owned by Hamas have been “bought with profits from the slave and human organs trade” in the Sinai Peninsula according to EveryOne Group, an Italian based non-governmental organization working for the preservation of human rights.

Human rights activist Calev Meyers provided further details. In a 2014 article piece written for the Times of Israel, Mr. Meyers relayed how, according to Israeli court documents, Sudanese and Eritrean men and women were kidnapped near the Israeli border, and tortured by Bedouin tribesman. Being freed required that they pay ransom money to their kidnappers. Hamas officials were complicit in extorting funds from the victims.

“Israeli court records describe a complicated network built to smuggle the funds out of Israel and into the hands of the traffickers,” Meyers wrote. “Once the family members pay up, the ransom funds move to the hands of Hamas operatives in the West Bank towns of Jenin and Nablus. From there, the funds flow into the Gaza Strip to Abu Jamil, a Hamas operative who pockets a tax and smuggles the funds. Jamil helps move the funds through Hamas’ network of underground tunnels running under the border between Gaza and Sinai, with the tunnels reaching within a few kilometers of the very buildings in which the abductees are held.”

Hamas has played a serious role in the human bondage of black Africans, yet this seems to go unnoticed by BLM. In contrast to the institutionalized racism that characterizes Hamas’ government, and their miserable mistreatment of Africans, it’s worth highlighting and celebrating a people that take the notion that black lives matter seriously: Israelis. That’s why, as Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon explained recently in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, “The Israeli government has announced a multimillion-dollar plan to strengthen its economic ties with Africa,” and on his recent trip, “the heads of 70 Israeli companies joined the prime minister to help strengthen African relationships.” That’s why, as reported in The Tower magazine, Israelis “extended aid to Guinea during its fight against Ebola in 2014, donating $10 million to the international UN fund to combat the disease.” That’s why through its desalination efforts and cutting-edge drip irrigation technology, Israelis are developing what author Rowan Jacobson calls “resilient well systems for African villages and biological digesters that can halve the water usage of most homes.”

The fact that Israel puts its money where its mouth is by cultivating social and economic innovation in Africa through direct foreign investment and people to people outreach in addition to state-to-state ties is one big reason why Benjamin Netanyahu was greeted so warmly by African heads of state and by ordinary people during his recent visit to the continent. Perhaps in its revised manifesto, BLM will take note.

Original Article: TabletMag