In a social media post on Monday evening, chapters of Black Lives Matter (BLM) expressed support for the murder of more than 1,000 Israelis by Palestinian terrorist group Hamas — arguing that the mass slaughter of civilians, women, and children was an “act of self-defense.”
The statement issued by BLM came after Hamas committed a surprise terror attack in Israel — supported by Iran — that left over 1,000 people dead, thousands injured and at least 100 people taken hostage. There were reportedly at least 14 Americans killed in the attack, and several more taken hostage.
In the post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the official account for Black Lives Matter Grassroots declared support for the mass murder and defended the terrorists.
“When a people have been subject to decades of apartheid and unimaginable violence, their resistance must not be condemned, but understood as a desperate act of self-defense,” the post read, adding that BLM stood “in solidarity with our Palestinian family who are currently resisting 57 years of settler colonialism and apartheid.”
The far-left group also repeated false claims that Gaza is “the world’s largest open-air prison” — while comparing their own supposed struggles to the alleged struggles of Palestinians.
“We, too, understand what it means to be surveilled, dehumanized, property seized, families separated, our people criminalized and slaughtered with impunity, locked up in droves, and when we resist they call us terrorists,” the group claimed. “We, too, dream of a world where our people may live freely on decolonized land. May the borders, checkpoints, prisons, police, and watchlists that terrorize our communities crumble and may the world we build from their ashes honor those who have fallen in struggle.”
“For lasting peace to come, the entire apartheid system must be dismantled. The war on the Palestinian people must cease,” the statement concluded. “We call on the United States government to immediately stop funding war and redirect the $4 billion in annual spending from the Israeli military to repair the damage caused by U.S.-backed wars, military air strikes, coups, and destabilizing interventions against oppressed people around the world.”
— BLM Grassroots (@blmgrassroots) October 10, 2023
One particular chapter of BLM went even further than this — sharing a meme of a paratrooper with a Palestinian flag reading: “I stand with Palestine.” This is especially heinous because many of the terrorists who attacked Israel entered the country using parachutes.
Utterly sickening from Black Lives Matter in Chicago.
And they have used an image of a paraglider like the ones who swooped into an Israeli music festival and murdered, raped, mutilated, and paraded beaten civilians back to Gaza. pic.twitter.com/76OAEyNfr5
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) October 10, 2023