One of the authors of the platform related the use of the word to the history of black activism in the U.S., such as the group entitled “We Charge Genocide” which opposes police violence in Chicago. The Jews of Color Caucus of JVP embraced the platform and recognized the multiple meanings of the word “genocide”. But apart from them, the reaction of Jewish American organizations was overwhelmingly negative.
… A year since the controversy, where is the outrage? Is the word “genocide” worse than the actual death of babies and adult patients from completely preventable causes? When will the same Jewish American organizations raise the alarm about Israel’s responsibility for the lethal conditions in Gaza? And how many will die by then?
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After the conclusion of the Holocaust, which killed over 6 million Jewish people and displaced millions more, Jewish people wanted their own country. Britain promised Palestine as the national home for the displaced Jewish people. However, the promise was made without consulting the Christian and Muslim people who were already living in Palestine. Oh and Britain had absolutely no right to the land to even make the promise in the first place. Once Britain made this agreement in 1948, the Zionist movement worked relentlessly to carry it out. Zionism is a nationalist political movement that advocates for the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland which is defined as the historic Land of Israel (a.k.a Palestine). Proponents of Zionism view themselves as a liberation movement for Jewish people to return to their homeland, but negating that it was done at the cost of complete genocide of the Palestinians.
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We, the undersigned campus chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)*, unequivocally support the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and its newly released policy platform for “Black power, freedom, and justice.” We fully endorse M4BL’s demands and take this moment to renew our commitment to fighting antiblackness as well as all systems of oppression that disenfranchise and oppress Black communities.
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Though the Vision for Black Lives’ primary purpose is not to call attention to Palestine, the platform actually presents some key facts and arguments to justify its use of the terms “apartheid” and “genocide.”
For example, the vision statement notes that Palestinian homes are routinely bulldozed to make way for Israeli settlements and that Israel has more than 50 laws on its statute books that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of the state. The United Nations has defined the crime of genocide as including a deliberate policy to impose conditions of life on an ethnic, racial or religious group to bring about the group’s total or partial destruction. By seriously examining the situation, it is entirely reasonable to argue that Israel is trying to destroy the Palestinian people and is therefore committing the crime of genocide.
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As the platform so eloquently articulates: “We are a collective that centers and is rooted in Black communities, but we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work.”
The platform includes an endorsement of BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) and reiterates the need for Black/Palestinian solidarity, an unapologetic and principled position that is forcing a critical conversation among those individuals and organizations striving to be progressive on everything but Palestine, including several pro-Israel groups who have responded by lecturing Black activists on how their struggle should be fought.
The #Vision4BlackLives is a reminder of the power of people to transform society. We strongly urge our supporters and member groups to show up and build with those who are reimagining and actively pursuing a world rooted in historic justice and free from all forms of oppression.
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