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Dr. Martin Luther King and Israel

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was ahead of his time in many ways. He was a pioneer of the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century in America, giving voice and moral weight to the struggle of black Americans for an equal status in American society.

He was also a pioneer in speaking out for the defense of Zionism and the State of Israel at a time that some African-Americans were joining cause with anti-Israel elements. By equating those anti-Israel positions with anti-Semitism, King was in a sense an early voice of opposition to those who in our own day call for boycott, divestment and sanctions again Israel. King was unafraid of calling to task those, even among his own supporters, who would question Israel's rightful position in world society. He was indeed an unabashed, outspoken advocate on behalf of Israel's security.

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