Black African lives matter to me enormously, and so do black lives everywhere.
I should remind my readers that I was born in the DR of Congo and raised in Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa until I left the Black continent to study in America at New York University. To my Congolese, Rwandan and Burundian brethren and sisters I am and remain an African. My books are studied in African universities, among others, in both English and French. That I am a Jew and that the color of my skin is pale has never been in question. I still speak some Swahili, after all the decades spent in Europe, in the US, and in Israel.
There is an American organization called Black Lives Matter (BLM). While I support their struggle against the ongoing discrimination African-Americans still face, I strongly refute the ideology that is behind it. For it is terribly biased, purporting to defend the ‘poor’ Palestinians, it flaunts its vicious racism toward the Jewish people and Israel. Theirs is the cheap propaganda spread by the likes of the Hamas terrorists of Gaza, the Hezbollah of Lebanon, and the murderous regime of Iran’s Ayatollahs which considers women as subhuman and homosexuals as animals to be slaughtered.
Do you remember how gleeful the ‘poor’ Palestinians and most of the Muslim populace around the world were when New York’s twin towers were destroyed? They were dancing in the streets and feasting the event distributing candies. I hope that you didn’t lose any relatives or friends in that disaster. Among the thousands of dead and injured were people of all colors and creed.
Now, BLM folks, either your ideologues are extremely ignorant or they refuse to face some facts. Go back to the History of slavery, let’s say in the last Millenium. There was the horrendous human trade perpetrated by European colonialists, with the help of tribal chiefs, from the Black continent to South and North America. Then there was – there still is nowadays, unfortunately, like in Mauritania and other Muslim countries – the just as cruel human trade of Africans, mainly from Central Africa, to the Arab lands during the period of the Ottoman Empire. Zanzibar, which is advertized in lavish colors as an authentic resort, has been the scene of atrocious suffering during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More than four million Congolese were dragged there in chains – hundreds of thousands of them died during the trip before those who survived were shipped to the Arabian peninsula.
That second part of the story is too often neglected, especially in America, why is that, BLMers? Are you all one-eyed? Arabs, in general, despise black people, they consider them as the underdogs of the continent. Ask the elders in Central and Eastern Africa what their opinion is of that Arab slave trade, in which their ancestors have been treated like cattle. Look at how brutally black migrants are treated today in North Africa. Some of them, Somalis, Eritreans, in desperation, have fled to Israel, where they pose serious problems, inasmuch as the country has been trying to integrate hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the last decades.
BDMers, you are all for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli products. I’ll prove to you how ludicrous BDS is and how gullible you are. To apply this to the letter, you should stop using cell phones, computers, and scores of Israeli-made medical and scientific equipment, for, without them, you would be forced to live like people in the Middle Ages. The same goes for many of the drugs you swallow, prescribed by your doctors.
Take the example of that Palestinian-American student, Lara Alqasem whom the Israeli Court of Justice has decided that, in spite of being a vocal BDS supporter – so much said for calling this democracy an apartheid country -, she could remain in this country. How absurd it is that she should want to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Why doesn’t she boycott that Israeli Institution of Higher Learning?
You probably also ignore the fact that Israel and most of the countries of Black Africa collaborate in economic, agricultural, and scientific projects. You would be laughed at by their populations.
Strange that you don’t apply BDS toward the criminals who are killing so many compatriots in Syria, Yemen, Irak, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. Your brains must have a hell of a lot of loopholes. Goodness gracious, you BDSers are so full of contradictions, one wonders whether you know what you want in life, or where you are heading to.
And I presume that one of your mentors is – no, not the wonderful Martin Luther King or the incredible Nelson Mandela – Louis Farrakhan, who calls Jews termites. I would be honored to be associated with the termite Einstein was, or Freud, or any of the Jewish and Israeli Nobel prize-winners who work to better the lot of human beings anywhere on our planet. No, really, you respect that guy who seems to have inherited his genes from the dinosaurs?
The way you behave, BLMers is shameful, you are the last ones to wish for a peaceful solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
First try to find peace in your own minds and stick to your rightful struggle, for there is still so much to be achieved. Don’t waste your energy and hazy thoughts on a subject you know so little about. And stop being crusaders of a lost cause!