Michael Koplow’s op-ed is disturbing. He is correct in suggesting that we all need to support efforts to reduce racial tension and create racial equality. But that does not require support for the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), whose platform included a plank condemning Israel. Instead of recruiting support for the fight for equality, M4BL — a coalition that includes the Black Lives Matter movement — has used its platform to divide the community.
Jews have always been at the forefront of support for racial equality, from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to Israel’s airlift of Ethiopian Jews. Our community organizations like UJA and federations are in the forefront of helping raise the lives of all communities. We need to support more of this and eliminate police brutality, but we cannot afford to support organizations that trash Israel.
New York, N.Y.