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Growing up as a Jew and a Zionist in New York, I was imbued with the conviction that the cause of civil rights for black people was "our cause."

When the U.S. Supreme Court desegregated the school system, "we" had won a great victory. The sit-ins were our fight, as much as any demonstration for Israel. When Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by a sniper, the enemy had killed one of us, and we (five friends) drove all night from New Jersey to Tennessee and then to Atlanta for the memorial.


It was painful to watch from afar the great tragedy of estrangement between Jews and black people in the United States, and especially to hear of black hatred for Israel and black anti-Semitism, as well as Jewish racist attitudes toward black people. It would be a great joy and a boon to both of our peoples, who have suffered so much from oppression, if the historic alliance could be revived. That's why this article about Black Zionists in Israel Insider caught my eye and gave me hope:

She stood out in the midst of an anti-Israel rally. She stood out even more as she joined the pro-Israel Jewish students to sing "The Star Spangled Banner." She really, really stood out when she glared at an "Israel is a Racist State" sign and then sang "Ha-Tikvah." Cornetta Lane is a young black woman.

Cornetta is a member of The Fellowship for Israel and Black America...

...Jewish students were baffled. Why would American blacks want to stand up for Israel and Jewish students on campus? The African Americans explained that their pastor, Glen Plummer, who heads FIBA, teaches that it was the Jews who helped African Americans during the civil rights era. They contributed significantly -- with funding and advice -- to the founding of both the NAACP and the Urban League. They were key advisors to Martin Luther King. They stuck their necks out and advocated for equal rights for blacks long before it was comfortable.

When Cornetta got an alert from an Israel campus advocacy team about a rally against Israel at Wayne State University on Oct. 12, she decided to go. The Anti-Racist Action (ARA) -- an off-campus group in Detroit sought to press Wayne State to divest from Israel. Cornetta wanted to express what she believes: Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and it deserves to exist in peace as a Jewish state.

Cornetta's presence and defiance completely undermined the basis for the ARA's divestment campaign -- the calumny that "Israel = White Supremacy." Outnumbered and flummoxed by Cornetta and the 30 Jewish students with her, the anti-Zionists walked off. Irvin D. Reid, president of Wayne State, witnessed all this and the next day condemned "divestment" in the Detroit Free Press. Cornetta said that she was proud to stand up for Jewish people and would "do this again" at a moment's notice.

(Fellowship for Israel and Black America (FIBA) Web site is here http://www.projectfiba.org/I wonder if it is really true that Jewish students (and African American students) do not know about the great bond that once existed between our peoples?

The article concludes:

Now may we be blessed with a thousand Cornetta Lanes..

No, we need a million Cornetta Lanes - African American Cornettas, and Jewish ones too, to stand up for truth, love and brotherhood.

It may be only a dream to revive what once was, but we mustn't lose sight of the dream, because it is so very important for Jews, for African-Americans, for America and for Israel.

The Israel Insider article is below (at http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000283.html for our e-mail audience)

Ami Isseroff



Black Zionist speaks out
By Charles Jacobs October 29, 2006

http://web.israelinsider.com/Views/9751.htm

She stood out in the midst of an anti-Israel rally. She stood out even more as she joined the pro-Israel Jewish students to sing "The Star Spangled Banner." She really, really stood out when she glared at an "Israel is a Racist State" sign and then sang "Ha-Tikvah." Cornetta Lane is a young black woman.

Cornetta is a member of The Fellowship for Israel and Black America. This summer, Cornetta participated in a training session along with 111 college and college-bound students in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict and in leadership skills. The goal of these sessions is to build the pro-Israel
forces on campus, teaching students to make Israel's case -- from the left or from the right. Christians participated in all three of the summer's week-long programs. In one of the programs, four of the Christians were African Americans.

At registration, Jewish students were baffled. Why would American blacks want to stand up for Israel and Jewish students on campus? The African Americans explained that their pastor, Glen Plummer, who heads FIBA, teaches that it was the Jews who helped African Americans during the civil rights era. They contributed significantly -- with funding and advice -- to the founding of both the NAACP and the Urban League. They were key advisors to Martin Luther King. They stuck their necks out and advocated for equal rights for blacks long before it was comfortable.

When Cornetta got an alert from an Israel campus advocacy team about a rally against Israel at Wayne State University on Oct. 12, she decided to go. The Anti-Racist Action (ARA) -- an off-campus group in Detroit sought to press Wayne State to divest from Israel. Cornetta wanted to express what she believes: Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and it deserves to exist in peace as a Jewish state.

Cornetta's presence and defiance completely undermined the basis for the ARA's divestment campaign -- the calumny that "Israel = White Supremacy." Outnumbered and flummoxed by Cornetta and the 30 Jewish students with her, the anti-Zionists walked off. Irvin D. Reid, president of Wayne State, witnessed all this and the next day condemned "divestment" in the Detroit Free Press. Cornetta said that she was proud to stand up for Jewish people and would "do this again" at a moment's notice.

The morning of the rally -- before we knew of Cornetta's actions, Boston Pastor Gerald Bell and I had flown to Detroit to meet FIBA Director, Glenn Plummer. He spoke about the benefit of teaching FIBA students how to defend Jews and Israel. He spoke at length about black-Jewish relations. He said that
black Christians believe that the Bible is the literal word of G-d, and this certainly includes the promise in Genesis that "those who bless the Jews will be blessed." Now may we be blessed with a thousand Cornetta Lanes.

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It's interesting--when Jews insist that they must be a majority in Israel, that's not racist but when whites insist that they must be a majority in Europe, America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, that IS racist!

Franklin Oliveira, Friday, November 10th


Hi,
The alliance must exist from both sides because of a principle of morality - people should do what it is right because it is right, not "for value received." Virtue is its own reward. I am sure that you believe it is so.

I think that the movement for equality and correction of injustices to blacks is a cause deeply felt in the Jewish community and it goes beyond "left-right" political boundaries. The same is true for the black community and Israel. This affinity is part of the shared Jewish - Black culture heritage in the US that goes back to the days of the spirituals and continued with the alliance of the civil rights movement - from its earliest days. Paul Robeson and Martin Luther King Jr. were friends of the Jewish people, and we still have many warm and stalwart friends in the Black community such as LaVon Mercer and Glenn Plummer. Cornetta Lane is not alone.

Unfortunately, both sides have been led astray by demagogues and extremists and racists. This is exacerbated by the public image of black anti-Semitism as well as the racism of groups like JDL. A few hateful words by trash like Farakhan can undo a lot of good, and they did. So we have to find the way back to each other's hearts.

If you need a more mundane and "bottom line" rationale: Black Muslims have sown hate against Jews in the Black community. It is important to discredit and replace them. This is a great source of potential support for Israel and most Israel advocates ignore it completely in recent years. Likewise the Civil Rights cause lost an important ally. All hate is ugly and should not be perpetuated. Perhaps God is on our side, but He helps those who help themselves and who do the right thing.

Ami Isseroff, Tuesday, November 7th


Good afternoon


With reference to the above article, I wish to express my thankfulness that this is the case as far as Cornetta Lane (and probably some others) is concerned.

However, I must point out that supporting Israel/Jews in return for them supporting blacks during the civil rights era is not plausible. Supporting Israel is something which should come from the heart, soul, mind and understanding - it should be an almost supernatural urge.

I am not Jewish, but have always supported, stood up for, and defended Israel/ the Jews, and made known this fact. As a properly informed Christian - one who has been accurately educated in the Word of G-d, and with G-d-given common sense, one is compelled to support and pray for Israel and every Jew on this earth. So, as I mentioned above, to do this in return for some or other favour is not applicable. What, if then, the opposite were the case? I will NEVER turn my back on Israel/the Jews - it's a love and admiration and gratitude I have which I cannot explain (the Bible explains it all, though - but I am not sure about the Bible which the Catholics read, in which case I must mention that the Catholics/Priests/Popes who are against the existence of Israel/the Jews must remember, they have well-remunerated employment as a result of a Jew).

Let it be known, once again, that I know the truth and I reject the lies about Israel. I shall do whatever I can for the sake of Israel/the Jews. I will never be influenced by ANYTHING, and I know that Israel/the Jews are blessed/chosen - nothing can stand in the way of/change the Word, promises, prophesies, blessings of G-d. One would hope that Pastor Glen Plummer, as a Christian, would rather have stated more biblical reasons for the so-called support and not merely the political obligation. Once again, this so-called support is not plausible.


Heather Bronkhorst

Nico and Heather, Tuesday, November 7th


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