This past Monday, the official Black Lives Matter organization went out of its way to declare its “solidarity” with Palestinians. This action also shows that BLM is effectively backing the Hamas terrorist organization during this escalating conflict with Israel.
The BLM official Twitter account issued a tweet that stated that they “always will be” partnered with the cause of “Palestinian liberation.”
“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. ( always have. And always will be ),” stated the BLM official Twitter account.
This ideal has been echoed by many other progressive groups and legislators, such as Rep. Cort Bush who is a member of the progressive “squad” who issued statements against Israel both in a speech on the floor, where she sang the praises of a Palestinian-American activist part of Black Lives Matter who had called for the death of multiple police officers and on Twitter where she compared the entire conflict in Gaza to riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
“The fight for Black lives and the fight for Palestinian liberation are interconnected. We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma. We are anti-war. We are anti-occupation. And we are anti-apartheid. Period,” stated Bush on Twitter while making reference to her floor speech in the house on the matter.
There have also been independent Black Lives Matter groups that have issued statements cementing their own allegiance to Hamas and its causes. The most vocal out of all these groups was the BLM of Patterson, New Jersey who has issued a long statement about the “occupation” and denounced Israel as a “repressive apparatus.”
Black Lives Matter Paterson condemns the ongoing violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem by the state of Israel and stands in solidarity with those fighting occupation. We as an organization believe in the freedom to worship and a life free from fear of expulsion and violence. The scenes coming out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli soldiers are using excessive force against Palestinian worshippers, harkens to our struggle against a repressive state apparatus. BLM Paterson also condemns the current situation in the Sheikh Jarrah enclave where Israeli settlers are forcibly evicting residents from their ancestral homes.
The Patterson branch of the BLM group also went into deep detail concerning how the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole and the Palestinian cause are deeply connected even going so far as to bring up the Black Panther movement of the 1970s.
Our deep roots of solidarity are part of a rich tradition of mutual support and exchange between Palestine and US-based liberation movements, from the Black Panthers to the most recent communication between activists in Gaza and Ferguson, MO. Our struggles are connected in many ways, not least because the same Israeli forces forcibly expelling the original inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah train repressive police forces around the world, including the US.
As an entire organization, Black Lives Matter has been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since their beginning. In a report from The Atlantic, at the groups founding back in the mid-2010s, it gathered to set in stone its political agenda and made sure that a statement on Israel was part of it.
” One week after the drafting committee released its political platform—a long document that covers everything from U.S. policing to education reform to mass incarceration—the activists felt they needed another ‘deep internal discussion,’ as they called it, on one small section toward the end: their statement on Israel and Palestine,” the outlet concluded.