In recent months, groups seemingly unrelated to the Middle East have started affiliating with the Palestinian cause, due to the activists’ aggressive and clever tactics to find commonalities between different movements to gain supporters within those movements.
First, No Red Tape, the organization formed to end sexual assault on Columbia’s campus, mysteriously aligned itself with BDS, despite the rest of its platform being entirely about sexual assault.
At McGill, the Black Student Network hosted a speaker in 2015, David Sheen, an anti-Zionist Jew, for a talk called “The Bullet, the Ballot, and the Boycott.” His speech, which was live-tweeted by BSN, seemed to have little to do with blackness, or the African-American struggle, and a lot to do with spreading blood libel about Israel that was blatantly false.
BSN’s Web of Tweeted Libel:
Lie 1. Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Babies for Fun.
Lie 2. The Israeli Police Physically Assaults Mixed Jewish-Arab Couples on the Street
Lie 3. Africans in Israel are banned by governmental decree from certain towns.
Lie 4. Israel only brought black Jews back home in order to show the (narcissistic) world how good they are to black people, since it’s obviously all about them.
Shortly after, they started to let their true antisemitism shine through:
Somehow, the topic, as it often does, morphs into something unrelated to Israel. The mask is starting to slip…
Now they’re not even pretending to hide behind anti-Zionism anymore.
So yes, the McGill Black Students’ Network is against racism as long as it’s not racism against Jews. Then it promotes racism.
So in this case, does it surprise you that they were some of the most outspoken supporters of the BDS motion at McGill?
Unfortunately, this seems to be more of an overall trend in the black community than a McGill problem. As #BlackLivesMatter gets deeper into the arms of the pro-Palestinian activists, with two BlackLivesMatter trips to “Palestine” and BLM-affiliated groups around the world endorsing BDS, we are seeing more of the same.
At my other alma-mater, Columbia’s Black Student Organization openly endorsed the wall erected for Israel Apartheid Week, portraying Zionism as nothing but a form of oppression rather than the indigenous rights movement that it is.
As #BLM continues its anti-Israel rhetoric, so too have black student organizations on college campuses, which have unanimously embraced the #BLM movement and all it represents, continued to more deeply affiliate with anti-Israel groups, while guilt-tripping students into believing that being pro-Israel is the same thing as being a white supremacist.
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