Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Champion of Civil Rights
A Crusader for Justice
A Supporter of Israel
From Dr. King's own words:
"I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world...
...as a marvelous example of what can be done...
...how desert land can be transformed...
...into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy.
Peace for Israel means security...
...and that security must be a reality."
"When people criticize Zionists...
...they mean Jews."
"I solemnly pledge to do my utmost to uphold the fair name of the Jews -
...because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all."
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MLK quotes from: Monday, January 21, 2002 (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I have a dream" for peace in the Middle East
King's Special Bond with Israel by John Lewis
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat, represents the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement.
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Peace and Togetherness
Dr. King: Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism
By Andrew G. Bostom
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, January 20, 2003
Martin Luther King, Jr. possessed a remarkable clarity of vision and purpose. He complemented these attributes with a sound, empathic understanding of the history of human oppression. Dr. King's unequivocal renunciation of anti-Zionism reflected his consistent, courageous opposition to all manifestations of bigotry. Against the backdrop of resurgent Jew hatred worldwide, epitomized by the hypocritical September 2001 Durban Conference on "Racism", Dr. King's candid, thoughtful reflections on the true nature of anti-Zionism are particularly edifying.
Shortly before his death, Dr. King had the moral courage to confront the burgeoning Jew hatred of both extreme leftwing Black organizations, including the Black Panthers and the radicalized Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, as well as the Black Muslims. For example, during a 1968 appearance at Harvard University, he stated bluntly:
"When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews, You are talking anti-Semitism." [ from "The Socialism of Fools: The Left, the Jews and Israel" by Seymour Martin Lipset; in Encounter magazine, December 1969, p. 24. ].
King immediately recognized anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism- Judenhass - refusing to indulge what he believed was simply another manifestation of the same hatred confronting Blacks. As Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who worked closely with Dr. King during the civil rights movement, observed last year on Martin Luther King Day,
"He knew that both peoples [i.e., Blacks and Jews] were uprooted involuntarily from their homelands. He knew that both peoples were shaped by the tragic experience of slavery. He knew that both peoples were forced to live in ghettoes, victims of segregation. He knew that both peoples were subject to laws passed with the particular intent of oppressing them simply because they were Jewish or black. He knew that both peoples have been subjected to oppression and genocide on a level unprecedented in history."
(San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, January 21, 2002)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
Dr. King was more than a civil rights leader, more than a nobel prize winner...
He was a visionary whose courage and determination to balance the scales of injustice changed the world forever.
From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to his final hours in Memphis, Dr. King stood tall.
His message of hope, peace and love sent a message to all people, for all time.
Dr. King was aware of the dangers he faced.
But he knew his was a destiny like that of Moses... To lead others to the promised land, knowing that he very well may have never reached that promised land himself.
And as we pay tribute to the memory and message of Dr. King, let's resolve to define ourselves by our commitment to tolerance, peace and cooperation.
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