Updated: Jul 23
It’s official! Black Lives Matter (BLM), after years of riots, looting, violence, and destruction, has finally made clear their affinity for terrorism. Despite the left refusing to acknowledge that BLM has used terror tactics to intimidate, frighten, and shame others into supporting their cause, the organization, itself, has now announced to the world that they stand in solidarity with terrorists. Unsurprisingly, this also brings BLM into an alliance with the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) and radical Marxists like the members of the Squad. Unfortunately, what BLM, BDS, and any other organization that supports Hamas’ terrorist action in the name of liberation do not understand, or simply do not care about, is that they are in fact supporting the destruction of Palestinian property and the loss of innocent Palestinian lives.
BLM tweeted, “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.” This seems to mean that they stand in solidarity with the group instigating war with Israel, Hamas, who just happens to be the governing majority of the Palestinian parliament. Hamas, as classified by the United States government, is a terrorist organization. Their tactics are simple… instill as much fear as possible within the Israeli population, kill as many Israeli civilians as possible, and terrorize the nation into surrendering its sovereignty. If BLM had any awareness of history, they would know that Palestinians have been offered sovereignty in the past and have had complete sovereignty over Gaza since 2005. In short, the goal of Hamas is not an independent Palestine, but the elimination of the state of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated it clearly, “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.” Standing in solidarity with the Palestinians, who have elected Hamas to its leadership, means standing in solidarity with terrorism.
Many on the left will note how over 200 Palestinians have been killed in the recent conflict, compared to only 12 Israelis. They will not, however, mention that Hamas uses women and children as human shields, sets up offensive military operations in schools, hospitals, and mosques, and willingly sacrifices civilians in order to promote international outrage against Israel. As the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) tweeted, "Israel fights to protect its civilians. Hamas uses civilians to protect itself." Israel has been accused of committing war crimes for killing Palestinian civilians, but unlike Hamas, who indiscriminately launches rockets at civilian sites in Israel, the IDF issues warnings to civilians before assaulting suspected Hamas sites. U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, asserted that there are, "fundamental differences between a terrorist organization, Hamas, that is indiscriminately raining down rockets -- in fact, targeting civilians -- and Israel's response defending itself, that is targeting the terrorists." Yet, Black Lives Matter, much like Bernie Sanders, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Ayanna Pressley, is willing to stand in solidarity with terrorist actions and denounce the state of Israel.
Representative Rashida Tlaib, of Palestinian descent, a supporter of the BDS movement, and a known hater of Israel, continued to fan the flames with a recent tweet in which she wrote, “Apartheid-in-chief Netanyahu will not listen to anyone asking nicely. He commits war crimes and openly violates international law.” First, what are the war crimes, Representative Tlaib? He does not order the IDF to use Israeli citizens, mostly women and children, as human shields. He does not order indiscriminate missile attacks on innocent civilian populations. Secondly, how does Israel relate at all to the apartheid of South Africa? In South Africa, the minority white government harshly repressed the black majority. In Israel, Arabs make up a minority of the population, approximately 20%, and they are a minority with full rights as Israeli citizens. They vote, Arabs sit in the Knesset, and they participate fully in the government. Tlaib further claims that Israel uses weapons received from the U.S. to “kill children and families,” but she fails to note that it is Hamas that knowingly puts innocent lives into harm’s way, and it is a central part of their strategy. She has even attacked her own leftist president, stating in an interview, "Enough, President Biden. You will not do this on our watch. You have to speak out against this violence in a very aggressive way that holds Netanyahu and his leadership accountable." What about holding Hamas accountable? Netanyahu rightfully declared that we [the U.S.] would react in the same way as Israel if missiles were launched against us, defending the American people just as he and his government have chosen to defend the Israeli people. This kind of rhetoric can be expected from Tlaib, who knowingly associates with anti-Semites regularly, but it’s not just her. Tlaib’s friend and fellow member of the Squad, Ilhan Omar, tweeted, “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.” According to the Squad, launching rockets preemptively, and without regard for human life, into civilian locations is not terrorism, but retaliating in defense of one’s people, is. Even Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, justly defended Israel, suggesting, "Hamas’s accelerating violence only risks killing more civilians, including innocent Palestinians.” Pelosi all but admitted the fault for rising civilian deaths lies with Hamas, not Israel. This is the people with whom BLM chooses to stand in solidarity, those who support a terrorist organization that endangers and sacrifices its own people.
In response to BLM’s pro-Hamas tweet, BDS tweeted back, “Thank you for your solidarity. From Ferguson to Palestine, our struggles against racism, white supremacy and for a just world are united!” Is it racist for Israelis to defend themselves from terrorist attacks? Is a just world one in which innocent men, women, and children die for a cause of hate? Racism of any kind is one of the indelible stains on humanity, and we should all be united against prejudice and discrimination, whether white supremacy or white hatred, Islamophobia or homophobia. Terrorism, however, is no instrument of peace, justice, or equality. The terrorist actions of Hamas, those of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, or those who charged the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, do nothing but harm innocents and engender greater resistance from the opposition. Many Republicans turned on Trump after the capital riot; BLM saw its support among the public drop greatly after the summer of violence and continued unrest; Hamas will not gain from its terrorist actions.
It is tragic whenever innocent lives are lost, especially those of children who have barely begun to live. However, we cannot gloss over the fact that the Palestinian people have elected Hamas as their governing body, knowingly supporting a terrorist organization intent on the destruction of Israel. If the Palestinian people truly wanted a peaceful coexistence with Israel, they would stop supporting Hamas. Much in the same way that Black Lives Matter claims to pursue social justice and racial equality when they in fact promote antics that continue to divide the American public along racial lines, the Palestinians claim to want a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while supporting an organization that will never allow that to happen. BLM, like Hamas, exploits the tragedies of the people they supposedly serve in order to boost their own public image and garner public support for their false narratives. People are but pawns, expendable as a means to an end. Tragedy is worthy of publicity only as long as it attracts sympathy and support, which is why BLM says nothing of the rampant black-on-black crime that plagues the black community, and why Hamas employs hospitals, schools, and mosques as military sites. It has been said, “birds of a feather flock together.” That seems to apply to terrorist organizations, as well.