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Old 08-03-2016, 10:10 PM
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Black Lives Matter activists claim Israel a brutal 'occupying' force


http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Co...g-force-463153

For the delegation of BLM activists here, who spent the majority of their time in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the parallels between Ferguson and the Palestinian territories were eerily similar.

BLM has pulled no punches when it comes criticizing Israel, claiming it is an "apartheid state" which perpetuates "genocide" against the Palestinian people, according to their platform released on Tuesday.

For the delegation of BLM activists here, who spent the majority of their time in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the parallels between Ferguson and the Palestinian territories were eerily similar.

"Going through checkpoints, seeing rubber bullets reminds us what our comrades and some of us experienced in Ferguson [and] IDF soldiers totally remind me of the cops that brutalized and [me]," Ash-lee Henderson, a regional organizer for Project South which does grassroots advocacy for low-income communities and a Black Lives Matter movement member, said.

According to Henderson, a violent encounter with police left her gravely injured and forced to use a cane for over a year.

A similar observation was made by the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter of New York University last month, who accused Israel of being complicit with police brutality in the United States.

The comparison drew swift criticism, resulting in a half-hearted clarification from the SJP.

Such a comparison also dovetails with the popular BDS slogan, "From Ferguson to Palestine."

"We’ve met with folks leading the BDS movement to talk about organizing strategies. There’s a lot of similarities between organizers working in the United States on anti-black racism and organizers here. We share many of the same organizing strategies," Shanelle Matthews, BLM’s communications officer, said.

BLM, which "unequivocally" supports BDS, has "a lot to learn from the movement."

"I think that’s one of the best parts of our trip, was listening to folks talk about how they strategically thought about building a non-violent movement that spreads like wildfire across the world in a way that can actually change the conditions in the most oppressed places," Matthews said.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Co...g-force-463153

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