The most prominent pro-Israel lobbying group is reportedly courting students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, and predominantly Latino institutions. And its goal is to build a coalition of black elites who will proclaim that Israel is not racist, as they attack pro-Palestinian rights groups in the U.S.
As survivors of slavery and Jim Crow and beneficiaries of a civil rights movement, African-Americans have much to contribute to helping bring justice to the Mideast. But these students should not allow themselves to be used by AIPAC to assist Israel’s right wing-controlled government and promote warfare and suffering. Dr. Martin Luther King’s human rights legacy against racism, militarism, and economic exploitation simply would not allow it.
There is evidence the new AIPAC initiative will fail, as it should. A new Pew poll found that blacks and Latinos — along with millenials, women and liberal Americans — are more likely to blame Israel for the current violence.