In an interview with Fox News Digital, a black activist denounced Black Lives Matter chapters that he said expressed support for Hamas terrorism against Israeli civilians, accusing them of embodying an “evil beyond belief.” description “.
Pastor Dumisani Washington is the founder of the Institute for Black Israel Solidarity (IBSI), which strengthens relations between Israel and people of African descent through education and advocacy. IBSI also condemns those who advocate the “Zionism is racism” ideology.
“The price paid for organizations like Black Lives Matter to feign concern about Baltimore, Oakland, Ferguson… and feign concern only to use those people and even the deaths there to then demonize Israel to the tune of 6,000 miles away is an evil beyond description,” Washington said. said. “People are being destroyed in the name of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism…How do we defend the people of Gaza by celebrating this type of bloodshed and violence?
Rather than expressing sympathy for the more than 1,000 Israelis murdered by Hamas terrorists, at least two Black Lives Matter groups have declared their support for the Palestinians. At least 27 American citizens have been killed, an unknown number are detained by Hamas and others remain missing. Between 100 and 150 children, women and men are believed to have been taken hostage by Hamas, although the number could be higher.
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BLM Grassroots released a statement to its Instagram page last week, which said: “Black Lives Matter Grassroots stands in solidarity with our Palestinian family currently resisting (75) years of settler colonialism and apartheid. »
The Chicago Black Lives Matter Chapter sparked outrage last week after posting an image of a paraglider with the Palestinian flag reading “I stand with Palestine.” The group has since deleted the post.
Washington said of those who side with the “Palestinian resistance” – in this case, often referring to Hamas – on this issue, there is something morally wrong with them.
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“I challenge these individuals that if they are truly people of conscience, truly people of justice, they would celebrate or just as badly stand idly by and remain silent while children are killed and kidnapped. Then the It’s not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s them. They should look in the mirror,” he said. “If you are someone who is co-signing this barbarity in this war, that means some of this blood is on your hands.”
Washington also believes that what he considers a reductive and false ideology – critical race theory – creates a framework in which people view others as less than human, as “oppressors” based on perceived race .
“This type of education, this type of reductive reasoning, it’s dehumanization… it’s what the Nazis did to the Jews, what the racists did to black people. Once you dehumanize someone, little “It doesn’t matter what you do to it. This is the danger of the current situation in our country,” he said.
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“Once the victim mentality has been sufficiently transferred into an individual, everything is a game. Everything becomes a revolutionary struggle. Everything becomes about breaking the bonds of power of the oppressor,” Washington added.
“This is one of the reasons why Black Lives Matter and its leaders and its ideology will continue to look at the horrific images we see and justify them,” he continued. “It’s “I don’t need to think, I don’t need to have real empathy.” I can just put a label on it so that even though I see the horrible things that we see, the mothers, the children, the elderly, I can just look at it as, hey, that’s just the price you pay when people want their freedom. RIGHT? And these are the kinds of things that are said. »
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Fox News’ Kendall Tietz and Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.