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At the May 30 Black Lives Matter protest, in Charlotte, North Carolina | Photo: Clay Banks/Upsplash

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Last Tuesday was named Blackout Day on social media, to recognize anti-black racism and police brutality, in the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd by a group of Minneapolis police officers.

I’m not generally a fan of campaigns like this on social media, because it is easy to press a few computer buttons, click a mouse and consider oneself “woke” – that is, someone who stands up against racism.

I’m more of the school of “actions speak louder than words” on a daily basis, as is my wife Denise Alexander. I learned Denise was much more than “woke” when I saw all five-feet of her stand up to a six-foot-four racist landscaper in Florida, who spoke about blacks in a derogatory way.

Not only did she tell him on the spot that his services were no longer required, but she quickly asked our black handyman to take on the extra duties of tending to our greenery—to make a point every time the racist landscaper came down our street.

Nonetheless, my hair nearly stood on end when I saw those of the Jewish faith happily embracing the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

It is one thing to speak out against racism, and we as Jews, have always made it our business to stand up for the downtrodden. Many activists and lawyers were heavily involved in the civil rights movement in the early 60s in the southern U.S.

But whether they meant to do so or not, they signaled to me with that hashtag that they supported the highly questionable, and bordering on violent activist group Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has repeatedly come under criticism for supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and for referring to Israel as a genocidal apartheid state. The goal of the BDS movement is to destroy the Jewish state financially, and to ostracize it on the world stage.

Here in Canada – specifically Toronto – I will never forget how BLM hijacked the Gay Pride parade in 2016, holding revelers essentially hostage for 30 minutes as they blocked a major intersection. They subsequently pushed for a ban on all police marching in the parade, as did many Pride organizations across Canada

BLM’s actions have practically destroyed Toronto’s Pride organization financially, and has lost Pride organizations across the country thousands of supporters.
They are also very selective in what black lives they protect, remaining conspicuously silent on black-on-black crime in the U.S. and here in Canada.

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But most importantly, in my research I have discovered that the Canadian group has been a signatory, along with the usual cadre of leftist professors protected by academic freedom, to a series of labour-union initiated anti-Israel apartheid, pro-Palestinian rights, pro-BDS motions.

It all makes perfect sense—Israel is perceived by the rabid left, BLM included, as a colonial state populated by those with “white privilege.”

As I’ve discovered in my career, there are good cops and there are bad ones. An unfortunate incident while on the job last year convinced me that they go out of their way to protect their own.

I was forced out of a fiery public meeting by four armed cops, for daring to ask a hard question of the organizer of an Indigenous healing lodge for women criminals planned for a Scarborough neighbourhood.

My complaint to the police brass went nowhere, as hard as the lovely officer investigating it tried to do the right thing. I knew her hands were tied.

What this and other experiences have taught me is that bad cops—no matter who they abuse– need to be held to account by our politicians and the top brass within their respective police forces.

Gestures like taking a knee – as Toronto’s police chief and our Prime Minister did this past week – mean nothing if actions don’t accompany those symbolic gestures.

As for those in the Jewish community using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, I would simply remind them that Jews were the most targeted group in Canada once again last year, with harassment and other anti-Semitic acts and that #JewishLivesMatter too.

Sue-Ann Levy is a veteran journalist, a columnist for Toronto Sun, and a columnist for TheJ.ca

 
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