02 January 2017

Black Lives Matter Allies With Terror Groups

BLM Terrorists
A Black Lives Matter (BLM) offshoot was reported to be more interested in traveling overseas that to address blacks killing blacks in the United States. Their reason was to allegedly learn "resistance" strategies from terrorists.

The Dream Defenders, which describes itself as "an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing," was investigated by the Haym Salomon Center recently. The investigation revealed some troubling conclusions. The group embraces anti-Semitism and is collaborating with a State Department-designated terror group.

In August, BLM singled out Israel for condemnation, declaring it an "apartheid" state engaged in "genocide." These accusations angered Jewish leaders, many of whom had steadfastly supported the BLM cause. Nonetheless, despite what can only be described as a total lack of relevance to its own agenda, BLM did not back down.

Just like BLM, Dream Defenders proclaims solidarity with Palestinians. DD claims that the black community in America, together with Palestinians in the "occupied" territories of Israel, are all victims of state-sanctioned violence. As such, the two causes are related and should learn "resistance" from each other.

After leaders from BLM and DD made their first trip to Palestinian territories in January 2015, BLM's anti-Israel advocacy remained steady, mostly lashing out at the Jewish state at rallies and protests. DD stepped up their disdain for Israel, engaging in what the U.S. government defines as anti-Semitism.

Dream Defenders’ website dedicates an entire page to Palestinian solidarity. While accusing Israel of existing on "stolen land," there is no mention of Palestinian terrorism, including the targeting of civilians.

During the 2016 trip, the group was led around East Jerusalem by convicted terrorist and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Mahmoud Jedda. Jedda served 17 years in Israeli prison for planting bombs.

Jedda’s well-known link to the PFLP was cause for celebration among the group of American activists he guided around East Jerusalem and several refugee camps in the West Bank. Last year, PFLP took responsibility for a killing spree in a Jerusalem synagogue, leaving four worshippers dead. This is the repository of wisdom from which Dream Defenders is learning “resistance.”

One of the Dream Defenders who participated in this past May's trip was Florida Green Party spokesman Didier Ortiz. During his trip, Ortiz took to social media claiming Jews in Hebron "are there simply to try to take as much land as possible and kill as many Palestinians as possible," concluding that "#zionism must be eradicated."

As a public speaker representing the Dream Defenders, Ortiz has stated, "Zionism is racism, it’s colonialism, it’s fascism – liberation will not come until Zionism is utterly destroyed."

Terrorism expert and Haym Salomon Center senior fellow Bridget Johnson recently raised concerns about anti-Israel advocates hijacking the BLM movement. In an editorial published a few days ago in The Hill, Johnson wrote:

"It’s critical to ensure that the movement does not get hijacked by interests some claim are 'intersectional,' but are unrelated at best and nefarious at worst."