Martin Luther King’s pro-Israel legacy

This probably won’t sit well with certain folks who frequently invoke the name of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. in support of their cause, but did you know King was a staunch supporter of Israel and the Jewish State?

Writing for The Times of Israel, Dumisani Washington reports, “Since his death, many groups have attempted to use the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as champion of their cause. His timeless quotes are applied to all things related to social justice, equality and political freedom. Of course, in addition to being a beacon for all of the above, Dr. King was also a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, and loyal friend to the Jewish people. Yet this historical, indisputable fact does not seem to phase anti-Zionists who also claim Dr. King’s posthumous blessing on their agenda. How do they reconcile such a blatant discrepancy? They simply label the Palestinians as victims and the Israelis as perpetrators, and voila: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, becomes an obvious condemnation of the Jewish State.”

What is problematic for anti-Zionists and Palestinian supporters are Dr. King’s actual words. On March 26, 1968, ten days before his assassination, Dr. King was being honored at the 68th Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Assembly for Conservative Judaism. During a question and answer session, he said:

“I think it is necessary to say that what is basic and what is needed in the Middle East is peace. Peace for Israel is one thing. Peace for the Arab side of that world is another thing. Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous ex­ample of what can be done, how desert land almost can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”


What makes these words more powerful is that they were spoken a year after the 1967 Six Day War. In that combat operation, Israel preemptively struck Egypt, Jordan, and Syria regaining control of Judea, Samaria (the West Bank), as well as Gaza and the Sinai Desert. What nation has ever returned land won in a war? Israel has, in seeking peace – and look what that has achieved.

Dr. King also demonstrated that being supportive of Israel does not categorically mean he was anti-Arab:

“On the other hand, we must see what peace for the Arabs means in a real sense of security on another level. Peace for the Arabs means the kind of economic security that they so desperately need. These na­tions, as you know, are part of that third world of hunger, of disease, of illiteracy. I think that as long as these conditions exist there will be tensions, there will be the endless quest to find scapegoats. So there is a need for a Marshall Plan for the Middle East, where we lift those who are at the bottom of the economic ladder and bring them into the mainstream of economic security.”

The truth is, today’s faux black leaders do not speak the truth. To borrow the term used by head of the North Carolina NAACP Rev. William Barber, they are only “mouthpieces” for liberal progressives — the most vile anti-Semitics in America. If Reverends Barber, Jackson, Sharpton, and Wright are indeed ministers of the Christian faith, they would stand in solidarity in support of the modern day State of Israel. After all, there is no Christianity without Israel either –just look at the shrinking Christian population in Bethlehem under Palestinian control.

What President Barack Hussein Obama and his henchman, Secretary of State John Kerry seek to impose on Israel is unconscionable. They would put the Israelis in a most untenable security situation with people who refuse to denounce Islamic terrorism and advocate Israel’s sovereign right to existence. Israel is hardly an oppressor and certainly not an “apartheid state.” When you consider the political, educational, and economic freedom Arabs in Israel possess, that assertion isn’t just false, it’s laughable.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will forever be an iconic figure in America’s history, not just for black Americans, but for all. He faith and vision to fulfill the words of Jefferson and the commitment of Lincoln made us a better nation – a nation true to its foundational ideals.

Many have used Dr. King’s name to advocate their cause. In this case, we only have to read his words.


  1. Quite a bit of the civil rights movement was financed and supported by the Jewish people of this country. Many of them remembered their experiences under Hitler and felt any racism or discrimination was against the principles of our democracy. No they are being turned against as you say Col. West. This is a crime but I fell connected to the loss of our Christian heritage based as it was on Judaism. The so-called “reverends: deserve no reverence. I don’t know what God they serve but they lack the character that MLK wanted us to look for in the black people. I am disgusted by these hustlers lack of integrity and their vulgarity toward those of their own race (ex. Mr. Scott), Only those who follow them truly blindly are unable to see what they really are. And to see the absence of appreciation for Israelis and Jews in America is SO SAD. Thank you for speaking up for our true allies. May God forgive us for falling so far. I enjoy and am thankful for your articles. Thank you, and my prayers are with you and your family and the family of those who know the TRUTH.

    • Please don’t bring that up.It annoys the heck out of the liberal progressive socialists of color who have made a career out of wearing his blood on their shirt(Jesse Jackson).

  2. MLK was a true and great man doesn’t matter the color of his skin, there has not been another leader for the black people sense his useless murder. There are many good black people that could be leaders but the black community seams to want to fallow these racist white hating people like JJ and Al Sharpton. They could be good for the black people for all people but that job does not pay enough.

  3. Israel looks much better in the picture on the right. Prior it was a fractured small island of land that short range rockets could hit from all sides (and do/did) at least now they have a buffer. Its also amazing when you think of all the fuss about Gaza, and look how small it actually is. Sort of like how Washington DC causes so much problems for the rest of the country despite its small size.

  4. Col. West asks: “What nation has ever returned land won in a war?”

    Google “Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war…”

    You will find it followed by a commitment to a just and lasting peace that included this requirement: “Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.”

  5. It is laughable when some of todays black leaders tell how they marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but they sure didn’t listen to his words, Sharpton, Jackson and others don’t know what a true Christian is and the close attachment to Israel.

    • It is not laughable but sad that Americans have no clue what the Christians of the area are saying: QUOTED> “We Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a
      sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the
      occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a
      theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and
      equality among peoples.”


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