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A Civil-Rights Veteran Slams the Anti-Israel 'Jim Crow' Smear
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New York Post
Andrew Goldman
April 29, 2015

In their campaign to smear the Jewish homeland, Israel's enemies regularly raid the history books for the worst examples of human cruelty. Israel has been compared to the former apartheid regime in South Africa and even Nazi Germany.

Now, Israel-haters across America are seizing on a fresh analogy - accusing Israel of replicating the Jim Crow South.

They've even found Jewish leftists to sell the slander that the racist laws that kept African-Americans subjugated have been revived in Israel.

It's outrageous nonsense that simultaneously trivializes the plight of African-Americans back then and defames an honorable nation that has been a refuge for people who themselves have been persecuted throughout history.

One place this hideous analogy is being made is at American universities - and by the Jewish leftists, no less.

Jewish veterans of the civil-rights movement have spent the last two months on a campus speaking tour sponsored by the anti-Israel “Open Hillel” group, entitled “From Mississippi to Jerusalem.”

As supporters of the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, whose goal is to isolate and sanction the Jewish state as the first step toward its elimination, they've faithfully promoted the Jim Crow lie.

They are not the only ones. In 2013, the novelist Alice Walker invoked Jim Crow in an open letter urging R&B star Alicia Keys to cancel her concert in Israel.

(Keys wisely ignored that advice, playing to a crowd of Jewish and Arab fans on the wonderfully appropriate date of July 4.)

“You were not born when we, your elders who love you, boycotted institutions in the US South to end an American apartheid less lethal than Israel's against the Palestinian people,” Walker lectured the singer.

You read that correctly: Alice Walker did indeed say that Israel is worse than Jim Crow. Not only was that an insult to Jews, it was an insult to the African-Americans who struggled to be a part of the American dream.

Walker's comments were an open invitation to her fellow Israel-haters to further develop the Jim Crow lie.

When demonstrators descended on Ferguson, Mo., last year in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer, many of them carried signs linking the situation in Ferguson with the situation faced by Palestinians.

Discrimination is a problem in every Western democracy that should be addressed on its own terms. In the Israeli case, though, there is simply no resemblance with the Jim Crow era.

For starters, the only restrictions imposed on Palestinian Arabs living in the West Bank have to do with security. (The terrorist group Hamas controls Gaza, where other Palestinians live.)

And as for Israel itself, there are no literacy tests for Arabs seeking to vote, no columns of shotgun-wielding Israelis blocking Arabs at polling stations, no vote-rigging to ensure that Arab ballot papers are “lost” on the way to the count.

As I know firsthand, all these outrages were committed by white Americans against black Americans in the old South.

As a lawyer for the Council of Federated Organizations, an umbrella group that brought a wide array of civil-rights groups together, I was in there on the ground during the famous “Freedom Summer” of 1964.

We civil-rights workers triumphed when the landmark Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. As we strove to achieve that goal, we never questioned the right of whites to live in the area, unlike the Palestinian leaders who assert that Jews are an alien presence.

We never threatened to drive the whites of the South into the Mississippi Delta, in marked contrast to the bloodthirsty Arab war cry of “driving the Jews” into the Mediterranean Sea.

We didn't have the support of entire nations who send money and arms to Palestinians and back terrorist attacks, as Arabs in the territories do today.

For that reason, I can no longer be a bystander as the noble legacy of the civil-rights movement is hijacked by a campaign whose goal is the destruction of Israel.

Whatever Israel's faults, it offers full equality before the law. A visitor will see Arabs and Jews sitting in the same cafes, studying at the same universities and voting in the same elections. That isn't the Jim Crow South I remember.

Read the original article HERE.
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