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Ever since the horrific murder of George Floyd in May, many Jews have felt compelled to join in with the demonstrations. Compassion for the underdog and the impulse for social justice is very much a part of our Jewish tradition. We, Jews, know what it is like to be an unwanted minority. We are constantly taught to always remember that “We were slaves in Egypt”, and to respect and honor the dignity of “strangers in our midst.”
However, if we are Zionists, we are asked to “Check our Zionism at the door.” On Thursday, demonstrators in the Black Lives Matter movement marched through the streets of Washington, DC, chanting, “Israel we know you, You murder children too,” and rotating between chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “Palestinian Lives Matter.”
Why has this come about? And what can we, as Jews, do to stem this tide?
Here to discuss the very disturbing trend of anti-Semitism within the Black Lives Matter Movement are Caroline Glick and Charles Jacobs.