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Martin Luther King and Israel
Martin Luther King and Israel



It has come to our attention that the Reverend Martin Luther King did not make some of the comments about Israel and Zionism that are commonly attributed to him, particularly those allegedly in Dr. Kings Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend.  The letter apparently first appeared in a 1999 book by Rabbi Marc Schneier, Shared Dreams, which seemed to have the endorsement of Martin Luther King III who wrote the preface.   But researchers have found that the letter itself does not exist in any of Martin Luther Kings papers.

Nonetheless, the sentiments in that letter and Dr. Kings strong support for Zionism and Israel are amply attested in his other well documented comments and by those who worked most closely with him.

See a video of Dr. King stating that, the whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvr2Cxuh2Wk

Other examples of Dr. Kings positions on Zionism and Israel include the following:  

"Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality."  

Israel's right to exist as a state in security is incontestable.

When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism,

I can say with absolute certainty that Martin abhorred anti-Semitism in all its forms, including anti-Zionism,Clarence B. Jones, personal attorney and close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin warned repeatedly that anti-Semitism would soon be disguised as anti-Zionism.Clarence B. Jones, personal attorney and close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.
 
[MLK] understood that a special relationship exists between African Americans and Jews He knew that both peoples were uprooted involuntarily from their homelands. He knew that both peoples were shaped by the tragic experience of slavery. He knew that both peoples were forced to live in ghettoes, victims of segregation He knew that both peoples were subject to laws passed with the particular intent of oppressing them simply because they were Jewish or black. He knew that both peoples have been subjected to oppression and genocide on a level unprecedented in history.Rep. John Lewis, former civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr.  



Lee Green, CAMERA ALERT: Letter by Martin Luther King a Hoax, CAMERA, Jan. 22, 2002 at http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=8&x_nameinnews=127&x_article=369
 
Martin Luther King Jr., Israel is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, YouTube, January 15, 2012, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvr2Cxuh2Wk
 
 John Lewis, I have a dream for peace in the Middle East / Kings special bond with Israel, San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2002, at http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/I-have-a-dream-for-peace-in-the-Middle-East-2880295.php
  Martin Luther King Jr. The Peace Race, n.d., at http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/kingweb/about_king/warandpeace/wpeacerace.htm
 
 Martin Kramer, In the words of Martin Luther King March 12, 2012, at http://www.martinkramer.org/sandbox/2012/03/in-the-words-of-martin-luther-king/
 
 Clarence B. Jones, King and the Jews, Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2008, at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120951797764154811.html

  Clarence B. Jones, Joel Engel, What Would Martin Say, 2008, at http://books.google.com/books?id=wH6RkASeL_YC&q=zionism#v=onepage&q&f=false
 
 John Lewis, I have a dream for peace in the Middle East / Kings special bond with Israel, San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2002, at http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/I-have-a-dream-for-peace-in-the-Middle-East-2880295.php

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