It was announced at our MLK day event that the Jewish Community Relations Council was now a “partner” of our local chapter of the NAACP.
It’s not difficult to understand why the JCRC wants to partner with the NAACP. The last thing they want in our community is for Blacks and local people of color to openly support Palestinian human rights. They have reason to be concerned. In 2015, over 1100 Black activists and many organizations signed the Black statement of solidarity with Palestine which included a paragraph explicitly endorsing the Palestinian refugee right of return:
“Our support extends to those living under occupation and siege, Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the 7 million Palestinian refugees exiled in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The refugees’ right to return to their homeland in present-day Israel is the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians.” http://www.blackforpalestine.com/read-the-statement.html.
Our local rabbi issued a condescending response to the M4BL platform. Her statement directs our Jewish community to become involved and “fix” it, to ingratiate themselves into the Black Lives Matter movement to help them “learn” and “correct” their “mistakes.” Those are the exact words used and I guess they decided to do just that.