Know Your History: Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver – From Israel-Hater To Zionist


With the Black Lives Matters movement being co-opted by Israel haters and antisemites, now seems like a good time to look at Eldridge Cleaver, a prominent activist of the Black Panther Party, who began as a rabid Israel hater.

For instance, this from the New York Times, July 23, 1969:

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We’ve heard this all before, and certainly echoes the kinds of things we are hearing now – from within the Black Lives Matters movements, and from without.

There’s also this photo of Cleaver (right) holding hands with arch terrorist Yasser Arafat.

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But then something interesting happened. During his trip to Algeria, he saw how the Arabs enslaved Africans, and had an epiphany. From then on, he became an ardent Zionist.

The following articles give insight into this part of his transformation.

The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, January 29, 1976

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The Free Lance-Star May 8, 1976

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The New York Times Jan 16, 1977

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Thanks to Dumisani Washington for bringing Eldridge Cleaver and his fascinating transformation to my attention.

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