January 21, 2013 is going to be remembered for three historical events. Barack Obama’s taking oath on Rev. Martin Luther King’s copy of the Bible, federal celebration of King’s birthday – and a new Jewish prayer in honor of Dr. King. The prayer was distributed nationwide to synagogues representing all major Jewish denomination by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. The prayer goes as follows:
“Heavenly God, who desires us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You, we thank You for inspiring us with the life and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC), reminded American Jewish community that late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was not only a great supporter of Israel but he never equated Zionism to racism. An opinion two famous African leaders, Bishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa) and Louis Farrakhan (USA).
Comrade Stuart Appelbaum in an article published in Jewish Journal on January 18, 2013, said: “Dr. King spoke and wrote often about Israel. But toward the end of his life, Dr. King was particularly concerned with the growing mischaracterization of Zionism as racism (apartheid)”.
Stuart Appelbaum made the above deduction from a letter Dr. King wrote on September 29, 1967, to then president of JLC, Adolph Held.
It’s also reported that in 1963, Dr. King in his address at the Conference on the Status of Jews in Soviet Jews, said: “I cannot stand idly by, even though I live in the United States, and even though I happen to be an American Negro, and not be concerned about what happens to my brothers and sisters who happens to be Jews in Soviet Russia,” (reported by ADL website).
How true are these quotes – can be judged by King’s another famous pro-Zionism document, ‘Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend‘, which according to Tim Wise, an anti-racism Jew – was a hoax and distortion of Dr. King statement. Tim Wise claims that Dr. King never said that “criticism of Zionism is tantamount to antisemitism, and likens those who criticize Jewish nationalism as manifested in Israel, to those who trample the rights of Black”. Wise called Zionists’ claim as “Heady stuff, and 100 percent bullshit“.
Dr. King’s association with some Zionist Jews go back to January 1957 when Dr. King and some Christian leaders behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott assembled in Atlanta, Georgia and established the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). One of the co-founder of the SCLC was Jewish radical Stanely Levison. He was an official of pro-Israel American Jewish Congress (AJC) and lead a campaign in support of Jewish couple, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for treason against United states in 1953.
Jonathan Kaufman, a Zionist Jewish Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Boston Globe and author in his 1988 book, ‘Broken Alliance’, wrote: “Three-quarters of the funding for Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee; and the Freedom Rides of James Farmer and CORE (the Congress of Radical Equality), came from Jewish sources”. But then, Kaufman admitted the true agenda behind the Jewish support. “The Jewish struggle for equality and fair treatment was linked to the struggles of Blacks for a greater opportunity. It was not a struggle of equals; Jews did not consider their plight equal to that of Blacks. But they recognized in Black struggle for civil rights elements that could benefit them and conditions with which they sympathized“.