A top institution of higher learner in the heart of New York City’s urban chic “downtown” neighborhood had a pro-Palestinian group chiming in on the recent shootings of two men of color by police officers in two separate incidents involving two separate police departments. During its campus protest rally at New York University, the NYU administration-recognized Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) leaders and members blamed both shootings on Israel.
The SJP, declaring its support of Black Lives Matter and other groups protesting throughout the nation, openly blamed the Jewish State for the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of American law enforcement officers.
The killings by police resulted in public outrage as well as mass rallies around the country led by the group, Black Lives Matter. Meanwhile, besides participating in Friday’s protest, SJP posted their own allegations on Facebook stating: “[T]he same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians.”
“The irony of critiquing racism in American society through the bigoted displacement of responsibility for it to Jews in the Middle East was apparently lost on SJP. As was the fact that the sordid history of American violence towards black people far predates the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. (And let’s not even get into the libelous and offensive allegation of Israeli genocide, for whose refutation one need only consult the official Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, which records the Palestinian population’s exponential growth since Israel’s creation.),” noted Israeli journalist Yair Rosenberg said. (See video below)
While protests were held all over America in response to the two shootings, at a Black Lives Matter protest march in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday night, an African American sniper murdered five police officers who were providing security for the protesters.
The Students for Justice in Palestine have not mentioned the incident in their propaganda or their Facebook page.