By Abra Forman, BIN

A group of predominantly African-American churches in America’s south has strongly condemned the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement’s anti-Israel political platform and reaffirmed its strong support for the Jewish State.

Responding to BLM’s platform, which accuses Israel of conducting “genocide” against the Palestinian people and calls it an “apartheid state”, the Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri (ELCM) released its own statement firmly rejecting the anti-Israel language.

“The Ecumenical Leadership Council of Missouri, representing hundreds of predominantly African-American churches throughout the state, rejects without hesitation any notion or assertion that Israel operates as an apartheid country,” read the statement.

In its platform, BLM, a movement which arose in 2013 in response to an increase in incidents of black citizens being shot by police officers in the US, expanded significantly on its aims by making a highly critical statement on Israel. The inclusion of a stance on Israel was a decision which confused and angered many Jewish BLM supporters.