It is not uncommon to consider Black Lives Matter as one group as it is not; it’s a movement. Really, it’s a movement for Black liberation which erupted in reaction to police brutality in 2014, after the killing of two African Americans: Mike Brown at Ferguson, Missouri, along with Eric Garner at nyc.
The presentations that followed the two killings drawn on the social networking hashtag #BlackLivesMatter which had originated the year earlier, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Dark adolescent Trayvon Martin at Florida.
In 2014 and 2015, Black Lives Issue turned into a nationwide phenomenon in the usa, together with demonstrations all around the nation. Solidarity protests then started to spread across the world. This worldwide expansion has taken to a new measurement with the most recent significant wave of protests following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers in May.
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Black individuals in the centers of former European colonial powers — London, Paris and Brussels –‘ve taken to the roads. Together with their buddies and fans, they’ve fought against police violence, structural racism and the legacy of imperialism.
Though Black Lives Issue is a movement as opposed to one organisation, in addition, there are particular groups which call themselves”Black Lives Matter”, or any variant thereof. This can at times be somewhat confusing.
The team called Black Lives Issue UK was established in 2016 and came to national attention in September of the year together with all the disturbance of London City Airport. They tweeted that the”climate catastrophe is a racist crisis” Seven out of all of those states most affected by climate change have been in sub-Saharan Africa, the protesters pointed out.
The motion has always had a powerful internationalist dimension. This isn’t a break with history however is really much in the heritage of the Black liberation struggle, which found Malcolm X stand against ZionismBlack Panther Party leaders say their solidarity with Palestinian resistance fighters.
Last week, BLM UK continued in this tradition by posting a string of tweets condemning the Israeli annexation program for the West Bank and requiring that the right to criticise Zionism. “British politics is gagged of this best to review Zionism, and Israel’s settler-colonial pursuits,” the team stated.
Since Israel goes ahead with the annexation of the West Bank, and also mainstream British politics is gagged of this best to review Zionism, and Israel’s settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and stand together with our Palestinian comrades.
— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) June 28, 2020
The pro-Israel lobby afterward established BLM UK’s stage, by attempting to gag them. They had been smeared as anti-Semitic for stating that criticism of Zionism makes you smeared.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews known as the tweet an”anti-Semitic trope” and assaulted BLM UK as”a supposedly anti-racist organisation”. Members of the Jewish Labour Movement’s leadership smeared them as a”bogus” group that was participating in a”hurtful dream”.
But in stark contrast to the cowardly backsliding of left-wing Labour Party MPs and press outriders, BLM UK didn’t back down in the face of such filthy slanders. Instead, the team posted a highly effective tweet that included a quotation from Angela Davis.
One more time for people in the back.
In the British Black Panthers to Dark Lives Issue, solidarity and studying from Palestinians from the battle against systemic racism has always been a part of our shared battle, and shared power. Pic.twitter.com/DlwBydqqNe
— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) June 28, 2020
In 2016, the Movement for Black Lives from the US supported BDS, the motion for a boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. The team went even further, condemning US complicity”in the genocide happening against the Palestinian people” and describing Israel as”an apartheid country”.
No wonder, then, that Israel and its lobby believes Black Lives Issue for a significant”strategic threat” for their apartheid regime that oppresses the Palestinians. By lashing out in this kind of underhanded and censorious manner, however, Israel and the pro-Israel lobby are just producing more enemies and producing long term issues for themselves. They’re sticking their hands in the rising amount of holes at the dam. All of obfuscation aside, in the end of the afternoon they are contending against equality for all individuals in the territory of Palestine, and still claim that Israel is a democracy.
Since Ali Abunimah explained recently,”Zionism is the belief that Palestinians could and needs to be expelled from their homeland in order that settlers may take their place. Zionism is the belief that Palestinian refugees can’t return to their homeland, to the cities and villages where they have been expelled, exclusively and solely since they are not Jewish.”
This is exactly why it’s such an outrage if pro-Israel lobby groups such as the Jewish Labour Movement wish to crush all dissent once the subject under discussion is Zionism, and if despicable individuals like John Mann need any crucial benchmark Zionism to be”outlawed” in British political life. They do so since Zionism is indefensible on its own terms and can’t stand under the close examination of open and free discussion. Its proponents are thus becoming progressively to shut such disagreement. Their attempts are underhand and clearly undemocratic. Very similar to Zionism, Actually.
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