The famed law professor and civil libertarian, Alan Dershowitz – who happens to be a life-long Democrat – is calling on politicians to renounce their ties to the Black Lives Matter movement until it rescinds its anti-Israel platform. BLM has accused Israel of “genocide.” 
 
Fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom Dershowitz has supported for many years, has expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and invited the so-called “Mothers of the Movement” to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
 
Clinton wrote a tweet that said about Black Lives Matter, "We need their voices, we need their activism." President Barack Obama has also praised the movement.
Dershowitz argues that any association with BLM is an effective stain because of its strident anti-Israel rhetoric and position that also discriminate against Jews. In an op-ed at the Boston Globe, Dershowitz wrote: 
 
“Genocide means the deliberate extermination of a race, such as done by Nazi Germany to Jews and Sinti and Roma or by the Hutu against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It has no application to deaths caused by self-defense measures taken to protect citizens against terrorism. To falsely accuse Israel of “genocide” — the worst crime of all, and the crime whose very name was coined to describe the systematic murder of 6 million Jews — is anti-Semitic.
 
“Until and unless Black Lives Matter removes this blood libel from its platform and renounces it, no decent person — black, white, or of any other racial or ethnic background — should have anything to do with it. We should continue to fight against police abuses by supporting other organizations or forming new ones. But we must not become complicit in the promotion of anti-Semitism just because we agree with the rest of the Black Lives Matter program.”
 
While Dershowitz did not aim specifically at Hillary Clinton, he did include her among others who he has called out in the past. For many years, Dershowitz called upon Hillary Clinton to dissociate herself from the radical anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views of Max Blumenthal, the son of her close adviser, Sydney Blumenthal. Emails reveal that she often discussed young Blumenthal’s views, and those of other Israel critics. It was only last month that Clinton distanced herself publicly from Max Blumenthal’s bigotry when he smeared Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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