Black Lives Matter has thrown its full support behind the Palestinians in the ongoing bloody conflict between their Hamas backers and Israel.
“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians,” the protest group declared on its official Twitter page Monday.
“We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation ( always have. And always will be ),” the group added along with the hashtag #freepalestine.
The message was quickly picked up by the controversial BDS movement, which has for years called for an economic embargo of Israel.
“Thank you for your solidarity,” the pro-Palestine group tweeted in reply.
“From Ferguson to Palestine, our struggles against racism, white supremacy and for a just world are united!” it wrote.
As well as the main BLM group, local chapters also made clear which side they are on in the ongoing conflict that has included thousands of rockets being fired on Israel from Hamas militants.
Black Lives Matter in Paterson, NJ, also publicly declared that it “condemns the ongoing violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem by the state of Israel and stands in solidarity with those fighting occupation.”
“We as an organization believe in the freedom to worship and a life free from fear of expulsion and violence,” the group said early in the conflict, according to a press release on Insider NJ.
“Our deep roots of solidarity are part of a rich tradition of mutual support and exchange between Palestine and US-based liberation movements, from the Black Panthers to the most recent communication between activists in Gaza and Ferguson, MO.
“Our struggles are connected in many ways,” the group said, saying, “We stand together with our Muslim brothers and sisters.”