Black Lives Matter echoed the language used by the terrorist organization Hamas on Monday as it took sides in the latest round of Middle East violence.
“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. 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 ),” Black Lives Matter tweeted.
The call for the “liberation of Palestine” echoes the 1998 Hamas Covenant that had also called for liberation and had noted that “Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.”
Since May 10, Hamas has fired more than 3,500 rockets into Israel.
The U.S. declared Hamas a terrorist organization in 1997.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks the economic isolation of Israel, retweeted the Black Lives Matter statement.
Not everyone was as thrilled.