October 7 was a shock in the scale, surprise, and the sheer brutality of the attack.
The second shock was the enormous outpouring of support for Hamas and the Palestinians in Russia, European cities and even more disturbing, the colleges and universities in this country. Before WWII, before we knew the horrors that followed, there was a sellout rally in Madison Square Garden in support of the Nazi movement.
The rallies to support Hamas AFTER their depravity was available for all to see was worse; maybe not in one place, but the number of Hamas supporters and the diverse locations and the intensity and the threats was the worse display of anti-Semitism ever seen in this country. And that is not hyperbole. The hesitation to call this out for the outrage that it was, the stretch to find any moral relativism, the inability to identify evil when it explodes in your face, and the cowardly demeaner towards these new Nazis is an absolute abdication of moral leadership in too many of our colleges.
I am glad to see big donors close their checkbooks and I hope students either leave or refuse to attend these cesspools of anti-Semitism. I hope state legislatures hold the taxpayer supported schools accountable as well.
Is this a restriction on free speech? Yes. As it would be if they refused a Klan rally, or a Nazi rally.Calling the restriction of the oldest of hatreds a limit on free speech in light of the restrictions on free speech the woke were allowed to get away with is the height of hypocrisy. You can get fired for using the wrong pronouns or questioning the ability of men to bear children but cheering the sadistic murder of Jews is now supposed to be protected free speech.
This has been brewing on college campuses for decades. Phyllis Chesler, a leftist feminist, wrote of it in The New Anti-Semitism, published in 2003. Since then, it has grown much worse, tolerated in the name of free speech, or dismissed as an insignificant minority. But what we tolerate we teach, and the graduates indoctrinated with this poison now occupy positions in the media, government, higher and secondary education, nonprofits and even some of our corporations.
The media, apoplectic for weeks from hatred displayed in Charlottesville in 2017, lack the same outrage at the depth and scale of the hatred that followed the Hamas attack on October 7. It is worth noting how often the cry against Zionism quickly turned to plain hatred of Jews. It has always been a false distinction. Jewish sympathizers for these attacks on Israel are progressive kapos, selling their soul hoping the alligator eats them last.
DEI hustlers have exposed their moral bankruptcy as well. The same goes for BLM, blindly supported by Jewish sympathizers.
I confess that as much as I have been aware of this growing tolerance for anti-Semitism in our colleges and media institutions, I was surprised by the depth and scale of the hatred and the blind ignorance that enabled it. Hopefully this new awareness will last and dismantle the infrastructure that enabled this growth in Anti-Semitism with the same commitment Israel will show towards Hamas.
I regret that the progressive label has been perverted and applied to the worst of the woke ideology. The progressives of Teddy and Franklin Roosevelts’ era would not recognize the term as it is used today.