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Surprise! Your BLM Donation Might Be Funding Terrorism Abroad

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Grassroots recently issued a statement expressing support for the Palestinian people, drawing parallels between Palestinian actions and BLM’s activism. This alignment is not new, as BLM has a history of advocating for “Palestinian liberation.”

There is a concern that wealth transfers from public companies and government agencies to Palestinian organizations indirectly support actions like the recent Hamas attacks on Israelis. These financial contributions divert resources from the U.S. economy to enable such violence.

Several public companies donated substantial sums to the BLM movement and related causes, some of which may have indirectly supported Palestinian groups. BLM has a history of backing Palestinian organizations, and its activists have visited the Palestinian territories.

BLM also collaborates with various domestic, left-wing, pro-Palestinian organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) supporters. Activists from these groups celebrated recent Hamas actions both in the U.S. and on college campuses.

BLM At School, the educational branch of BLM for PreK-12 students, includes a section on “Black + Palestinian Solidarity.” The curriculum contains articles that frame “Israeli settler colonialism” as “anti-Black violence” and advocates for unified action against “anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and Zionism.” This curriculum is endorsed by the National Education Association and is taught in thousands of schools across the country.

Some individuals and groups within BLM have articulated a vision of “decolonization” that aligns with the annihilation of the state of Israel. They perceive decolonization as eliminating Israel, and in an American context, it implies the destruction of the United States. BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors once stated that “Palestine is our generation’s South Africa,” suggesting that Israel is an imperialist project that must be ended.

Corporate philanthropy today is driven by ideological forces, such as the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) movement. These contributions are often made out of public view, making it challenging for shareholders and the public to scrutinize corporate donations. It’s suggested that these donations effectively support Palestinian groups indirectly through BLM and its affiliated causes.

In light of this, calls for reforms to rein in corporate philanthropy and subject corporations to public scrutiny have been made. Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to hold corporations accountable for their donations by raising awareness and potentially reconsidering their support for companies that have contributed to BLM and its associated causes. The companies identified in the BLM Funding Database serve as a starting point for those concerned about this issue.

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