“Israel, as a progressive and democratic nation, is the ultimate reflection of traditions which run throughout Jewish history and culture. Wherever Jews are, they stand firm for the extension of [H]uman [R]ights for all people.”
These are the words of Bayard Rustin, the right hand man to Martin Luther King, Jr. and architect of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Equality. To read such a statement from the pen of a famed civil rights champion may come as a surprise to many of us who grew up with activists singing a very different tune when it comes to Israel and Jews. The most recent example is the leaders of the Women’s March, who are in the process of destroying the movement thanks to their rabid anti-Semitism.
Rustin published these words in AFL-CIO News. His November 3, 1973, essay is titled “Middle East Dramatizes Moral Kinship of Blacks, Jews.”
Readers are treated to a short history lesson:
“During the period following the end of Reconstruction, when America turned aside from the plight of the freedman, Jews gave invaluable assistance to the Negro struggle. When the South was doing its best to keep the black man illiterate, the Rosenwald family established a fund which salvaged the Negro college system. And in the early years of this century, when the black cause was not a popular cause, Jewish liberals, like Joel and Arthur Spingarn, helped establish the NAACP and were instrumental in ensuring its survival during its most difficult years.
At a later era, Jews provided critical financial support for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during his protest campaigns: two-thirds of the money donated to a defense fund— established when Dr. King was falsely accused of income tax evasion— were contributed by Jews. And who can forget that two Jewish youths, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, died arm in arm with James Chaney in the backlands of Mississippi?”
The article ends with a warning: “Today anti-Semitism persists in the hearts of many men and many countries, awaiting the opportunity to rise to the surface disguised as anti-Zionism. Blacks well understand that where anti-Semitism exists, racial prejudice ultimately follows.”
Rustin had witnessed many of his former comrades fall for the lies of the “anti-Zionists.” One of them was Stokely Carmichael, a friend who turned into a bitter foe when he rejected integration and nonviolence and embraced “Black Power” nationalism. Stokely would eventually change his name to Kwame Ture.
In 1990, Ture gave a speech at the University of Minnesota stating, “The Zionists joined with the Nazis in murdering Jews, so they would flee to Palestine.” It is a lie. When the president of the university criticized Ture’s speech, Keith Ellison, then a student, complained in the newspaper that the university president “denounced Ture’s comment without offering any factual refutation of it.”
The lie was being spread by Mahmoud Abbas of the PLO, but originated with Adolf Eichmann while he was a fugitive in Argentina.
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