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Liane Curtis, a 20-year resident of Somerville, Mass., holds a sign in support of her mayor as police and their supporters picket outside Somerville City Hall, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Somerville, Mass. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is promising not to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall despite complaints from police officers in the state. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Liberal lawyer attacks Black Lives Matter for anti-Israel policy statement


Alan Dershowitz is a prominent liberal lawyer and Hillary Clinton supporter, so his criticism in a Boston Globe column of the latest Black Lives Matter platform must sting a bit.

The Movement for Black Lives' latest platform, released Aug. 1, outlines in detail the group's policies and goals. Among them: denouncing U.S. support for Israel, which BLM says "practices systematic discrimination and has maintained a military occupation of Palestine for decades."

Singling Israel out and falsely accusing it of genocide can be explained in no other way than blatant hatred of Jews and their state.
Alan Dershowitz

In his opinion column, Dershowitz, who is Jewish, says he is irritated that Movement for Black Lives didn't target Syria, Saudi Arabia or Iran. 

"Until and unless Black Lives Matter removes this blood libel from its platform and renounces it, no decent person -- black, white, or of any other racial or ethnic background -- should have anything to do with it," Dershowitz wrote.

He also compared the group to the Ku Klux Klan, claiming that group also conducted good deeds while practicing systematic racism.

However, he praised other efforts to expose police abuse, and notes that not all Movement for Black Lives supporters are as critical of Israel.

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 This policy stance on Israel appears to stem from a belief that military spending needs to be cut.

"America is an empire that uses war to expand territory and power. American wars are unjust, destructive to Black communities globally and do not keep Black people safe locally," the platform reads

Dershowitz was not alone. Some social media users shared his beliefs.

Others criticized him. Some bluntly.

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