The front page of the Aug. 12 issue featured two very disturbing articles: a prominent American professor divorcing herself from the State of Israel because of its “policies towards Palestinians” and the Black Lives Matter movement aligning itself with the BDS movement and charging Israel with “apartheid and genocide.”
To the historian I ask: If you are not satisfied with everything that is happening in America, do you consider cutting yourself off from your country or do you continue to work to effect the changes that you wish to see take place? Inflammatory statements only feed into Palestinian propaganda and what is the outcome? A movement like Black Lives Matter, which should be concerned with its original goals of fighting police brutality and excessive imprisonment of blacks in this country, decides that it should weaken its cause by parading its ignorance of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and supporting something it knows nothing about. Furthermore, the Jewish leaders who think they have a “shared agenda” with people who espouse these hateful views are misguided and are themselves unwittingly aiding the movement to delegitimize Israel.