Like many Jews, I always took pride in identifying as a “liberal.” Over the last few years — and especially the last three months — things have changed. I have watched as my “liberal” peers champion profoundly anti-liberal ideologies, and parrot hate-laden slogans. Most emblematic of this hypocrisy is how my “liberal” peers treat Jews and Israel, the Jewish state.
On October 7, even as Hamas terrorists were still perpetrating their barbarous crimes against innocent Israelis, including rape, murder, and torture, these “liberals” wasted no time in showing the world how much they hate Jews.
Instead of condemning the rape of women, decapitation of babies, and murder of entire families, my “progressive” peers, without a moment’s hesitation, rushed to condemn the victims. Some of these “progressives” openly celebrated the murder, abuse, and abduction of Jewish women, children, and men.
For these virtue-seekers, the violence was justified because they believe Jews are “colonialist oppressors,” even though Jews are indigenous to the land, and “white oppressors,” even though half of Israelis would be considered BIPOC in the United States, and that Hamas had full control over Gaza before Oct. 7, and the Palestinian Authority runs most of the West Bank.
My “liberal” peers are not liberals. They are deeply illiberal. Their support for Hamas savagery represents an ideology rooted in hatred — an ideology that resembles Islamo-fascism and Nazism.
On my own campus, these “progressives” vandalized our Hillel, spray-painted buildings, ripped down posters of hostages, disrupted traffic, shouted genocidal slurs on loudspeakers during final exams, hung massive anti-Israel banners, slapped “Sabra Feeds Genocide” stickers on hummus containers, and staged “die-ins” while shouting bloodthirsty slogans — slogans so ugly that many participants hid behind masks.
Since 2005, when Israel unilaterally removed every single civilian from Gaza, Hamas has done nothing but wreak havoc on Arabs and Israelis alike.
Instead of building civilian infrastructure when it seized power in 2007, Hamas built underground terror tunnels; instead of building a profitable economy, Hamas made its leaders billionaires; instead of providing food to its civilians, Hamas stole it for itself; instead of protecting civilians, Hamas did everything to increase civilian deaths; instead of teaching kids to want peace, Hamas taught them to hate Jews and to idolize martyrdom.
While Israel allows tens of thousands of Gazans to work in Israel, Hamas denies opportunities. While Israel celebrates LGTBQ Pride, Hamas kills, tortures and jails gay people.
Hamas terrorists are not “freedom fighters.” They are blood-thirsty murderers. They are rapists. They are barbarians. They are the enemies of all decent people.
These facts do not get in the way of my “liberal” classmates. Jews are assumed to be prosperous, so Israelis must be the “oppressors.” Jews are considered “white,” so Israelis must be “colonial oppressors.”
If Hamas were to lay its weapons down today, and free the hostages, there could be peace. If Israel laid its weapons down today, the Jewish state would be wiped off the map.
Many progressives envy Jews, but also hate them. They have even succeeded in intimidating and brainwashing some Jews into trying to fit in with the fashionable climate of Jew-hatred. These are not new phenomena. There have always been Jews making desperate and ultimately futile attempts to gain acceptance from the very people who want to kill them by condemning their fellow Jews. Karl Marx (the descendant of rabbis on both sides) did much to inspire Communist Jew-hatred. The Hellenized Jews of Judea fought against the Maccabees. The pro-Roman faction of Jews helped Rome destroy our Temple in 70 C.E.. Today, Jewish Voice for Peace and similar groups help the Jew-haters.
Ask those who fervently condemn Israel’s self-defense efforts: why do the thousands of Arabs killed in Yemen not elicit your “advocacy” and compassion? How about the hundreds of thousands of Arabs killed in Syria under Bashar al-Assad? What about the Muslim Uyghurs in China?
Israel is a bastion of Western democracy in the Middle East. It is the only Jewish state in the world, and it is surrounded by 22 Arab Muslim countries. It is this Jewish sovereignty and independence that Jew-haters cannot accept.
If my “liberal” peers continue buttressing Hamas, if our nation’s academics perpetuate their resentment of Jews and Israel, if university leaders continue to look the other way when Jews are harassed, if the DEI bureaucracy continues to act like Jews are not the most victimized group, we are all in for a dystopian future.
This is not a war about some border dispute between Israel and Palestinians. It is a war for Western democracy, a war in which too many American “liberals” are backing the wrong side.
My “liberal” peers have been converted to a Marxist, antisemitic, anti-Western, morally bankrupt, fact-averse, backward ideology. These armies of “progressives” will seek leadership of our nation. The future of the Western world demands that decent people–the silent majority — stand up and speak out.
For Jews who hope for continued happiness and success in the United States, this is a war worth fighting. No more complacency. Make your voice heard. Hold your elected officials accountable. Stand up for yourselves. No one will respect us unless we respect ourselves.
Alex Wecht is a senior at Boston University, where he serves as the Vice President and Editor of BU’s student-led philosophy journal, Arché, as co-president of the Pre-Law Society, and as a Hillel Jewish Student Leader.
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Newly released documents from the Deschênes Commission show Canada’s reluctance to prosecute Nazi war criminals
The release of formerly classified documents from the 1986 Deschênes Commission—which investigated how Nazi war criminals entered Canada after the Second World War—reveals greater details about why the government was reluctant to prosecute them once they were in the country, says David Matas, the lawyer who represented B’nai Brith Canada at the inquiry. Canada released […]
South African Immigrants to Israel Protest Against Former Country Government
Dozens of South African immigrants to Israel protested against their former country’s government on Friday, standing with their new home against political and legal attacks from South Africa’s ruling ANC party, highlighted by accusing Israel of “genocide,” last Thursday in the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
“The demonstration is not against South Africa or its people, but against its disgraceful government. I am proud to stand here as an Israeli, but I am ashamed of the government of my homeland, for stooping so low. It is a danger to Judaism,” said David Kaplan, an attendant of the event.
Former Knesset member Ruth Wasserman Lande, who was raised in Cape Town, South Africa before moving to Israel for military service, living in Israel since, added “Justice is with us, the ruling party of South Africa has sold its soul to Iran.”
The protest in Ra’anana in central Israel comes a few weeks after Israel was forced to stand trial at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against charges of “genocide” in its current defensive war against Hamas in Gaza. The charges were filed by South Africa’s government, a noted friend of Hamas leadership and outspoken critic of Israel and the Israeli government.
In South Africa’s case against Israel, the country alleges that the IDF is acting “genocidal in character because they are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnical group.”
The suit came as both countries are signatories to the 1948 Genocide Convention, passed after the Holocaust and with the goal of creating proceedings to ensure no genocide like what happened to the Jews of Europe occurs in the future.
Israel said South Africa was acting as “the legal arm of Hamas,” and called the charges “baseless,” especially as the country has been noted to take unprecedented steps to protect civilians in the war. Furthermore, the war began after Israel was attacked by Hamas terrorists on October 7, when they invaded southern Israel, murdering more than 1,200 and taking hostage over 240.
The ICJ refused to grant South Africa’s wish of calling for an immediate ceasefire, but nevertheless ruled to investigate the genocide charges and called on Israel to “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of [genocide].”
Even this past week South Africa continued its attacks, calling for the defunding of Israel, with Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor saying “This necessarily imposes an obligation on all states to cease funding and facilitating Israel’s military actions.”
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Robert Kraft Antisemitism Nonprofit to Air Super Bowl Ad Featuring Associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS), a group created by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, will air its first Super Bowl commercial when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 11.
An estimated 100 million television viewers will see the commercial, which features Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a former legal adviser of civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jones, according to FCAS, helped King draft the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on Aug. 28, 1963.
“I know I can speak for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I say without a doubt that the Civil Rights movement (including the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Acts) would not have occurred without the unwavering and largely unsung efforts of the Jewish people,” Jones said in a press release issued by FCAS. “With hate on the rise, it is as important as ever that all of us stand together and speak out. Silence is not an option. I’m glad that I’ve lived long enough to partner with Robert Kraft and FCAS to continue to spread the message to the widest possible audience — the Super Bowl.”
This year’s Super Bowl commercial mark’s FCAS’ biggest push to promote awareness of antisemitism since its founding in 2019. Last year, the nonprofit launched a $25 million multimedia campaign, which asked supporters to use the “Blue Square” emoji available on iOS devices in their social media posts.
FCAS has undertaken numerous other initiatives to address rising antisemitism.
In March 2023, it announced a partnership with Brandeis University, which will include a student fellowship program for undergraduates, conferences featuring leading experts on antisemitism, and collaborations with K-12 administrators. Additionally, Brandeis University’s Hornstein Jewish Professional Jewish Leadership Program will expand to include “Kraft Scholars,” who will participate in new online degree and certificate programs that will train them to respond to crises caused by antisemitic incidents.
Kraft, who led the remarkable transformation of the New England Patriots from a second tier club to an annual Super Bowl contender and winner of six such titles in under twenty years, founded FCAS after being awarded $1 million through Genesis Prize, an honor given to successful members of the Jewish community. FCAS focuses most of its resources on social media, aiming, it says, “to stand up against racist and violent rhetoric aimed at the Jewish people through the most accessible and most powerful avenue of information in the world.”
In a statement, Kraft, expressed hope for this latest campaign and praised Dr. Clarence Jones as an emblem of his FCAS’ highest aspirations.
“The work Dr. Jones has done over the course of his entire life and career is the embodiment of FCAS’ mission to build bridges and stand up to Jewish hate and all forms of hate. In the time we have spent together and through his work, I have become a huge fan of Dr. Jones, and I am proud to spotlight all that he has done for our nation,” he said. “With this ad, we hope to continue to spread Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of unity and equality at a time in which the country needs it mist most, and our goal is to reach a wide audience of people and inspire all Americans to stand up together, arm in arm, and fight this horrific rising hate.”
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