54 Below Black Lives Matter Benefit Canceled Over Their Anti-Israel Stance

54 Below canceled a Black Lives Matter benefit over their anti-Israel stance.

54 Below canceled a Black Lives Matter benefit over their anti-Israel stance.

54 Below Black Lives Matter Benefit Canceled Over Their Anti-Israel Stance

A popular Broadway cabaret club 54 Below was going to host a benefit concert for Black Lives Matter. That event has now been canceled after Black Lives Matter called for a boycott of Israel and support for the Palestinian state.

The concert was scheduled for Sunday, but the Jewish owners of 54 Below e-mailed the ticket holders this week to inform them of the cancellation. They cited Black Lives Matter’s stance that “Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people,” and that Israel is “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

Jewish groups are generally known for being supportive of civil rights, and many Jews were attracted to the Black Lives Matter cause, falsely believing it to be a civil rights group. Lately, a lot of those same Jews are angry and confused as Black Lives Matter has declared that Israel is committing genocide.They still haven’t realized that Black Lives Matter is a political group whose goals have nothing to do with civil rights. With a name like “Black Lives Matter,” people assume it’s a civil rights group even after their statements and actions say otherwise.

Even after the cancellation, the owners of 54 Below stated that they “strongly believe in and support the general thrust of the goals and objectives” of Black Lives Matter. “However, since announcing the benefit they’ve become aware of a recent addition to the B.L.M. platform that accuses Israel of genocide and endorses a range of boycott and sanction actions,” the statement said. “As we can’t support these positions, we’ve accordingly decided to cancel the concert.”

In other words, the owners of 54 Below still don’t appear to get that the Black Lives Matter platform isn’t about civil rights. The relationship between many in the Jewish community and Black Lives Matter continues to be an uneasy “I support your cause, but don’t agree with your cause,” relationship.