What Did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think About Israel?

Today, our nation honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courageous stand for the civil rights of African Americans. Most of us have read or seen a video clip of his powerful August 28, 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.  Many of us have read his eloquent and compelling April 16, 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham City Jail,” which defended his nonviolent resistance to racism.  But few know what Dr. King thought about Israel.   In a 1967 interview, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated: “…the whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world.” See video here. During a panel discussion at the March 25th, 1968 Rabbinical Assembly, Dr King stated: “Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right.

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