Differences between Black Lives Matter and Palestinians, or Why I support the movement #BlackLivesMatter but not #BDS

  1. Blacks have never made a formal charter for the dissolution of the government under which they live, in this case the United States of America. Palestinians call for dissolution of the state of Israel. 

  2. The spiritual historical leader for Blacks is and has been Martin Luther King, Jr., a principled preacher, a non-violent martyr. The spiritual historical leader for Palestinians is Yasser Arafat, who many believe to have been a terrorist at one time, and a corrupt politician later. No one ever accused Martin Luther King, Jr. of being a terrorist or corrupt.

  3. #BlackLivesMatter is a peace movement: Blacks do not go around stabbing Whites (or even police) for ideological purposes, or throwing stones at Whites, or murdering Whites. Palestinians have been doing this to Jews, lately with increasing frequency.

  4. Blacks are looking to replace current American society with a fairer society, a society in which a person’s race, creed, and religion aren’t used against them. The ultimate goal is for all people to be treated equally, a tenet which is in the Declaration of Independence and has been reiterated as an American goal ever since. This is from the Black Lives Matter website: We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. Palestinians seek to reverse the current order so they are on top, and others, particularly Jews and Christians, have fewer or no rights.

  5. Blacks in America in the 2010’s are to some extent like Jews in Germany in the early 1930’s, and other groups through time and history who have been harassed, with government complicity sometimes and complaisance other times. Palestinians are combatants seeking to overthrow the Israeli government, that they claim is illegitimate, and remove all Jews from that land.
For all of these reasons, I am baffled why some people in the Black Lives Matter movement would align themselves with BDS. 
For more information on #BlackLivesMatter, check out the website http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/.