[News] The pro-Israel lobby is smearing Black Lives Matter as a ‘terrorist’ movement
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The pro-Israel lobby is smearing Black Lives Matter as a ‘terrorist’
Asa Winstanley- July 22, 2020
The global Black Lives Matter movement has become a major strategic
threat to Israel. At least, that’s how the pro-Israel lobby increasingly
One obscure lobby group recently ratcheted up its anti-BLM rhetoric a
notch. Something calling itself the “Zachor Legal Institute” has started
to attack BLM online for supposed links to “terrorist organisations”.
I’ve never heard of Zachor before. This “institute” appears
<https://zachorlegal.org/biographies/> to have only two staff, Marc
Greendorfer — a right-wing American lawyer who has argued against
marriage — and Ron Machol, an Israeli
professional”. Looking at its sparse website and minimal social media
presence, Zachor looks to me to be yet another front group for Israel’s
“Ministry of Strategic Affairs”. Greendorfer’s apparent ties
<https://twitter.com/ZachorLegal/status/638411587275980800> to Adam
also seem to suggest this. Milstein is a multi-millionaire financier of
the pro-Israel lobby who is known to coordinate closely with this
ministry which has, for the past five years, led Israel’s semi-covert
war on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against
Without citing any evidence whatsoever, the “Zachor Legal Institute”
claimed in a press release
earlier this month that “BLM is rapidly incorporating the international
terror playbook for its US insurrection.” To support this outlandish
claim, the “institute” adduced the BLM movement’s support for
Palestinian human rights in the form of the BDS campaign.
*READ: Far-right Jewish terror group leads hate campaign against
In the statement, Greendorfer called for the US government to look into
the alleged ties between BLM and Palestinian “terror” groups: “We urge
the Department of Justice to take action to fully investigate the ties
among Black Lives Matter, their BDS partners and foreign terror groups
that are promoting violence and unrest in the United States.”
Lara Friedman of the Foundation for Middle East Peace responded to these
outrageous smears by saying, “If you weren’t expecting this you weren’t
paying attention.” This is clearly part of a pattern.
Zachor’s social media accounts have fewer than 500 followers combined.
It seems unlikely, therefore, that this particular smear has had any
kind of wide impact. The “institute” is simply one of the breed of
Israeli operations involved in what is called “lawfare”, a sort of legal
warfare in which pro-Israel and Israeli lawyers use local courts to push
and enforce a pro-Israel agenda in countries around the world.
Thanks to a combination of lawfare and political lobbying, more than 30
states in the US have now passed anti-BDS laws. Moreover, British Prime
Minister Boris Johnson, in his first Queen’s Speech in December,
declared that his government intends to pass a new law preventing local
authorities in Britain from divesting from companies involved in
Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
Lawfare has a history, but such laws are often all bark with little
bite. For all the state laws that have been passed in the US, the Israel
lobby has so far failed to get a federal law passed by Congress. And the
state laws are likely to be overturned for the same reason that the
federal law was never passed in the first place, because they violate
First Amendment protections of free speech.
*READ: BLM UK accused of anti-Semitism after airing support for
Nevertheless, it’s no surprise to see the lawfare strategy being
extended to the Black Lives Matter movement by right-wing groups. Just
as the current solidarity between Black and Palestinian liberation
struggles has a long history
so too have the oppressors of these struggles often been linked closely.
Israel, for example, backed and armed the white supremacist regime that
ruled apartheid South Africa until 1994. And the Anti-Defamation League,
a high-profile pro-Israel lobby group, rang a spy ring in the US
<https://psmag.com/news/kings-garbage-76228> which infiltrated activist
groups working against both Israeli and South African apartheid in the
1980s and 90s.
It’s an appalling smear to attack Black Lives Matter as “terrorist”
merely for expressing solidarity with another group of oppressed people.
However, fidelity to the truth has never been a strong point of Israeli
propagandists. The fact that the latest disgraceful attack is part of a
long running pattern makes internationalist solidarity with oppressed
peoples all the more important.
The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not
necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.
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