photo courtesy of Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer was a flash-point for US race relations, setting off massive protests that spread around the world, including Ridgewood .
The demonstrations endorsed the simple messages that “black lives matter”, that the blood of minorities is not cheap and the injustices they face, past and present, must be addressed much more vigorously.
Some Jewish residents in Ridgewood have voiced concerns over Black Lives Matter calls to end US military support for Israel, which it terms an “apartheid” state that is perpetrating “genocide … against the Palestinian people”, among other things. Black Lives Matter also endorses BDS, and calls for “targeted sanctions in line with international law against Israel’s colonial, apartheid regime” and worse.
Black Lives Matter activists have also claimed that Israel trained US cops to use deadly strangleholds an allegation so transparently malicious and fabricated. Black Lives Matter activists have consitantly made antisemitic comments during a marchesin Washington DC and beem caught vandalizing and defacing synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses in Los Angeles with antisemitic messages during a protest.
Ever since Black Lives Matter issued a platform in 2016 which described Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ that commits ‘genocide,’ the Black Lives Matter movement has regrettably become intertwined with anti-Semitic tendencies, which detracts from their underlying mission.