By Bob Bennett
Thanks to the so-called Press, many Americans believe the national “racial justice” (read: anti-police) protests just spontaneously popped up, like weeds in a garden. That’s about as savvy as believing rabbits lay colored eggs. For the truth, take a look at the signs they carry, saying “Racism is the Problem; Revolution is the Solution,” signs bearing “SEIU” and “revcom.us”—the Revolutionary Communist Party—at the bottom.
Thus, the protests are obviously organized, at least in part, by Leftist and Communist groups. Also involved are Ferguson related, Black justice organizations: Black Lives Matter, Hands Up United, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), and the New York Justice League. According to their statements, they, too are anti-Capitalism.
In early January, these Black groups joined the Dream Defenders “On a historic trip to Palestine, freedom fighters from Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Ferguson, and Atlanta were able to witness firsthand the effects of Israeli apartheid and occupation, and to learn from the people who are actively resisting on the front lines.” —Dream Defenders FB page.
Ebony quoted NY Justice League organizer Cherrell Brown:
“I want us to take back things we can do in the now, as Americans, to raise awareness and action around Palestinian liberation. I want us to reimagine what society could and will look like when we’ve dismantled this white-supremacist patriarchal and capitalist society.”
While it’s heartening to see so many young people so excited about doing something, what they’re doing is damaging their country and hurting their own people. Now, they’re reaching out to an entity who may appear on the official list of leftist causes, but whose culture and aims are entirely alien.
Just after Martin Luther King Day—the memorial to a time when Black Americans engaged in a real struggle to throw off real oppression; when they followed a real leader. How demeaning to the memory of real freedom fighters, is any equivalency with a murderous cult that stones to death women, throws gays off roofs, and glorifies murderers of children?
Ignorant of all that, the Ferguson groups were clearly ecstatic about their Palestine Pilgrimage. In fact, it was déjà vu all over again—“we shall overcome”—but for one small detail: would any of these young Americans don a suicide vest and blow themselves to bits to kill whomever they imagine is oppressing them? Or encourage their children to do so?
For another detail, this reporter was told by hotel staff that the American protesters slept the whole time in the luxury St George hotel in Israel, rather than in a hotel in Ramallah, say, where they could’ve experienced a more authentic Palestinian experience. Or maybe wound up like the tourists in the movie “Hostel.”
They visited the Dheisheh Refugee Camp outside of Bethlehem, and dined with a Palestinian family. The lifestyle of the latter was doubtless quite different from their own, in America, or even in Israel. The chief reason being the Palestinian leaders’ focus on terror and pocketing international aid, rather than on quality of life for their people.
Ebony said: “… the delegation has met with refugees, Afro-Palestinians, a family that was kicked out of their house by settlers in East Jerusalem, and organizations representing Palestinian political prisoners, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).”
In Nazareth, the delegates decided to do a “solidarity demonstration” and a call for support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel: another issue the protesters are ignorant about. Take, for example, the boycotting of Soda Stream, which employs Palestinians who would otherwise live on a few bucks a day.
The demonstration, coordinated by Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, included: Hands Up United organizers, Tara Thompson and rapper Tef Poe, NY Justice League organizers Cherrell Brown and Carmen Perez; and journalist Marc Lamont Hill—annoying as a regular on the O’Reilly Factor—insufferable, now that he’s revealed his true beliefs. First, they danced the traditional Palestinian debka,
After, Hill deliverd a manifesto beginning with: “We came here to Palestine to stand in love and revolutionary struggle with our brothers and sisters.” He went on to say:
“We come to a land that has been stolen by greed and destroyed by hate. We come here and we learn laws that have been cosigned in ink but written in the blood of the innocent. And we stand next to people who continue to courageously struggle and resist the occupation, people who continue to dream and fight for freedom. From Ferguson to Palestine, the struggle for freedom continues”—Marc Lamont Hill
What did the protesters take away from their trip? Patrisse Cullors said: “This is an apartheid state. We can’t deny that and if we do deny it we are a part of the Zionist violence.”
Ahmad Abuznaid, Dream Defenders’ legal and policy director, said:
“As a Palestinian who has learned a great deal about struggle, movement, militancy and liberation from African Americans in the U.S., I dreamt of the day where I could bring that power back to my people in Palestine.”
The Dream Defenders were born in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. College students drawn from eight Florida college campuses, they joined together in a 40 mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford. But they had help—from the Justice Dept.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, employees with the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS) arranged a 40-mile police escort for the students from Daytona Beach to Sanford. According to Judicial Watch, [a] “meeting, which led to the ouster of Sanford’s Police Chief Bill Lee, was scheduled after a group of college students calling themselves the ‘Dream Defenders’ barricaded the entrance to the police department demanding Lee be fired.”
CRS also helped protesters in Ferguson, said Judicial Watch: “Ferguson mayor James Knowles told The Daily Caller that the federal agents were in his town training demonstrators on how best to participate in protests.”
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.