I just returned from Israel last week. As an African American, lasped Christian with a background in history, it was a fascinating experience. In light of current events, I'm glad I was able to go.
The political and spirtual aside, Israel has a deep commitment to a Jewish state, to the detriment (intended or not) of the other religious groups and ethnic minorities (there are Arab Jews, but the majority of the Jewish population of Israel is made up of those who've emigrated since 1948, and is dominated by thos of the European/Western descent). The interpretation of Israel's history is told through that lens and was consistent throughout the 2 dozen cultural tourism sites my wife and I (note: I should mention she's Jewish and we were on a tour with 15 other people from her family's synagogue). It basically runs this way: after Moses leads the Israelites out of bondage, Joshua leads them into Israel where they defeat local groups and take their rightful place in Israel. There is Jewish occupancy (with Roman oversight) until the fall of the 2nd Temple @ 66 CE. For the next 2,000 years, Jews are dispersed throughout the world, hounded from place to place (culminating in the Holocaust), until the founding of Israel in 1948. Israel fights for her right to exist and grows into a strong sovereign state. Israel believes in its right to exist at all costs, a view which many Americans, Jews and gentiles, share.
I offer this lenghty intro this because basic of commonality between American blacks and Jews lies in freedom from slavery, the battle for the right to exist, and the atrocities committed to both groups to deny them. The similarities between the Jewish Diaspora and African Diaspora led to the alliances between African Americans and American Jews. This is an issue of true fellowship and political expedience: two groups recognize their common plight; one has numbers and another has (more) means. Social justice truly knows no color and to have change for some, you have to fight for the rights of all. The Civil Rights movement benefitted both groups. That being said, there are quarters within both camps that like to wallow and have a pity-party about whose been treated worse historically. Comparing scars will not help either group.
There's been much made of the role of Jewish Americans in the Civil Right movement and whether the movement was usurped by them. I don't think that's true. A lot of good people participated in the movement: white, black, Latino, Christian, and Jewish. Nor do I think there's some diabolical plot by Zionists to take over the world. Some will say that ultimately Jews could be "white" when it suited them (name changes, not practicing the faith), leaving blacks behind, who bought the American dream, but couldn't out run the color of the racist past, and taking the spoils. I don't know about that either, but I'm on the far side of the civil right movement-- with integrated schools and neighborhoods, busing, white hip-hop artists and black rock stars. I'm not saying it's all peaches and cream (no pun intended), but it's moving forward.
Someone mentioned Tawanna Brawley, but I think you're referring to the event in Crown Heights.