With all due respect to Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky’s empathy for the pain caused by the tragic death of George Floyd, the foundational anti-Semitism of Black Lives Matter’s (BLM) platform remains (Opinion, “Our holy obligation to make black lives matter,” June 4). To support BLM is to support its claim that Israel is an apartheid state and to support its embrace of Omar Barghouti’s anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
Consistent with BLM’s platform, at the end of May synagogues were desecrated and Jewish-identified businesses were destroyed by some of the movement’s supporters.
Olitzky referred to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King would have understood the threat the BLM platform represents. He is known to have said, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.” To ignore the anti-Semitism of the BLM platform is to be just as myopic as the Judenrat whose members ignored the anti-Semitism of “Mein Kampf.”