Written by Allen West
This probably won’t sit well with certain folks who frequently invoke the name of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. in supporter of their cause, but did you know King was a staunch supporter of Israel and the Jewish State?
Writing for The Times of Israel, Dumisani Washington reports, “Since his death, many groups have attempted to use the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as champion of their cause. His timeless quotes are applied to all things related to social justice, equality and political freedom. Of course, in addition to being a beacon for all of the above, Dr. King was also a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, and loyal friend to the Jewish people. Yet this historical, indisputable fact does not seem to phase anti-Zionists who also claim Dr. King’s posthumous blessing on their agenda. How do they reconcile such a blatant discrepancy? They simply label the Palestinians as victims and the Israelis as perpetrators, and voila: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, becomes an obvious condemnation of the Jewish State.”
What is problematic for anti-Zionists and Palestinian supporters are Dr. King’s actual words. On March 26, 1968, ten days before his assassination, Dr. King was being honored at the 68th Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Assembly for Conservative Judaism. During a question and answer session, he said:
“I think it is necessary to say that what is basic and what is needed in the Middle East is peace. Peace for Israel is one thing. Peace for the Arab side of that world is another thing. Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land almost can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”