Friday, May 03, 2024

From Ian:

Douglas Murray: College idiots calling for ‘Intifada’ have no idea how many innocents have died from that word
This one is for the morons.

For the students busily cosplaying at being terrorists on our city’s campuses.

The automatons whose new radical-chic uniform is an Arab keffiyeh.

Specifically to the ones who have decided to chant for “Intifada” and unveil a vast banner down the side of Hamilton Hall at Columbia this week.

“Intifada,” the banner said, in huge letters as the mob below shrieked approval.

Most of these students weren’t born when the Palestinians last had an “Intifada.”

So although youth and ignorance aren’t any real excuse, perhaps I can educate these students about what they are actually calling for.

I invite them to “do the work” of understanding what it means when people call for “Intifada” and what it actually means.

In June 2001, the Intifada that Palestinian clerics and politicians had called for was in full flight.

Every day Israelis boarding buses had to look around in case one of the other passengers was wearing a suicide vest and about to turn the vehicle into a charnel house.

On June 1, young people in Tel Aviv were enjoying a beautiful summer evening.

Many of them were milling around a nightclub much like those that the students at Columbia go to on a weekend.

But this one was more beautifully located, sitting on the city’s beachfront.

The Dolphinarium club was packed that night.

Outside were crowds of young people hoping to get in.

The Hamas terrorist detonated the bomb amid the queue of young women who were hoping to get into the club.

He killed 21 young people.

Sixteen of the victims were teenagers. Not even college age yet.

The youngest of them was 14-year old Maria Tagilchev.

Many of the victims were children of parents who had emigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union.

Their parents fled one totalitarian regime only to lose their children to terrorism in Tel Aviv.

Eyewitnesses described the limbs of the young women lying strewn across the road.

Some of the bodies were lying in piles.

This is what Intifada means.

But perhaps the students at Columbia don’t care about those 21 people who never grew up.
Abigail Shrier: There Are Two Sets of Rules for Speech
Speech on college campuses has been stultifyingly narrow—and very far from free—for decades. That pro-Hamas students cheer freely for “intifada” doesn’t make it any freer now. The fact that certain students are allowed to call for the death of their Jewish classmates does not herald a new era of free expression. It only underscores that some bigotries enjoy the official sanction of these schools, and are accepted, tolerated, and rewarded with special dispensations and, indeed, goodies.

Use of the N-word on campus or misgendering a classmate will no doubt be met with as swift punitive consequences as they have been for decades, as have a vast and more minute array of “microaggressions.” I invite anyone who doubts this to parade through any of our elite campuses with insulting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

After weeks of violent, destructive protest, which left campuses trashed and buildings damaged and graffitied, administrators have at last begun to enforce their own rules and call in the police. Perhaps they felt they had no choice: commencement ceremonies loom and lawsuits, recently filed by Jewish students, are on the way.

But watch the marble carefully as university administrators spin the cups. When a favored group is attacked, they discover a “community safety” concern with remarkable alacrity. When it’s a disfavored group, suddenly the cup reveals “free expression.” The game is fixed, and the administrators show their hands. “Community safety,” or was it “free speech”? Surprise! They don’t believe in either.
My Friends Wish I Was Dead
What does it mean to be a Zionist student on a college campus today? I have friends at schools all over the country who are struggling. People who are afraid to wear their necklace with a Star of David for fear of repercussions. To be a Zionist is to be an outcast. Classmates think that you are supporting a genocidal, apartheid state. They don’t care enough to hear your story. They don’t care that you lost dear friends and are mourning the pre-Oct. 7 Israel that will never exist again. They turn a blind eye to facts and choose to look only at social media posts that support their antisemitic narrative. What’s the point of arguing with such people? I am reminded of Golda Meir’s line, “You cannot negotiate peace with someone who has come to kill you.”

Now they have come for me. The antisemitic posts began on Oct. 7, and swung into a higher gear after I spent a week volunteering in Israel over Bates College’s spring break in late February. I pulled three choice quotes of what my fellow students had to say about me. Spoiler: They apparently wish me dead.

“Big nose mafia going to cancel me but man you know who should’ve finished the job.”

“Phoebe Stern did [go to Israel] … She fat and ugly anyways … just because she supports genocide doesn’t mean we get to be misogynistic.”

“She’s a racist bigot and the only question we should be asking ourselves is if she really believes the violent, racist lies she’s been spreading.”

My mind was reeling. Other Jewish friends at Bates were also attacked. They were accused of being racists and bigots, in writing, both online and on their dorm doors. One post from a Bates classmate advocated that “Hitler should’ve finished off the job.” People were using the anonymity of social media to spread lies and put words in my mouth, that I was going around campus telling people that my Arab peers want to kill me—a sentence that I have never uttered in my life, and wholeheartedly disagree with.

Andrew Neil: Silent Joe FINALLY speaks - and his pathetic response to anti-Semitic campus anarchy is proof of his plan to bribe student voters with weed and debt relief... until they're high enough to vote for him!
So, belatedly, some universities have found their voices and discovered their spines.

So have many in Congress, including some Democrats, appalled by the anti-Semitism endemic in the protests, and even some in the liberal-left media.

But all this has only served to amplify the recent deafening silence from the one person above all others who should have been speaking for the nation at this time: President Biden.

For days, as university unrest spread and descended into violence then ugly anti-Semitism, with Jewish students being excluded from campus in echoes of the early days of Nazi Germany, and as swastika graffiti started appearing where Jewish students gathered, not a word emanated from the Oval Office.

Until finally, with pressure mounting from friendly networks like CNN, Biden was dragged to the podium Thursday – and what he said was pathetic.

Speaking for just a few minutes, he issued platitudes about the lawlessness of 'destroying property', notably mentioning 'islamophobia' in the same breath as 'anti-Semitism', before making a swift exit. He didn’t identify a single university by name and defended the right to protest.

The truth is, this all seems to be inspired by base political calculation.

The Biden campaign thinks, rightly, that their man can't be re-elected without the votes of the young.

In 2020, he won around 60 percent of the young vote, a massive margin essential to the much smaller margin overall which elected him president. But a recent CNN poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 51 percent to 40 percent among the under 35s, echoing a previous Fox News poll which gave Trump an 18-point lead among the under-30s. These are election-losing margins.

Shameless Joe doesn't want to make things worse by overly scolding the student protestors. For some reason he thinks the pro-Palestinian views of the privileged, entitled elite currently cosplaying as Gazan refugees in makeshift encampments are representative of young people in general.

There is scant evidence for this but it's what he and his advisers believe. Hence the refusal to use the presidency as a bully pulpit to make clear what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to protest, surely a core function of any responsible president.

Instead of some blunt truths about the limits of protest in a democracy, Biden is trying to buy young votes.
Seth Mandel: Where’s Biden’s Anger at the Feckless Universities?
The key lesson Northwestern seems to have wanted to impart on its rulebreaking students was that they should repeat this behavior at Northwestern and beyond. The capitulation was so embarrassingly desperate it was almost funny, but a joint letter from the Anti-Defamation League, the Brandeis Center, and StandWithUs struck the correct tone: “For days, protesters openly mocked and violated Northwestern’s codes of conduct and policies by erecting an encampment in which they fanned the flames of antisemitism and wreaked havoc on the entire university community. Their goal was not to find peace, but to make Jewish students feel unsafe on campus. Rather than hold them accountable — as he pledged he would — President Schill gave them a seat at the table and normalized their hatred against Jewish students. It is clear from President Schill’s actions that he is unfit to lead Northwestern and must resign.”

As National Review notes, this was the students’ reward for depicting Schill as a devil-horned, blood-dripping Jew. NR’s Zach Kessel adds that not only did the university fail to consult its anti-Semitism task force, which saw mass resignations in response, but its attempt to placate the radicals may not even be legal. “Even if they eventually paper the Palestinian scholarship in such a way that it purports to be something else, the fact that this is how they announced it will be very strong evidence of the intent behind the program,” the Manhattan Institute’s Dan Morenoff told Kessel. “And given that Title VI is primarily — or, as the Supreme Court has said, exclusively — a disparate-treatment statute focused on the intent of a program, it certainly looks like this is a violation.”

All of which is to say, administrators permitted and even encouraged student behavior that would likely cause the school to run afoul of civil-rights law and then offered concessions to the perpetrators that would likely run afoul of that same civil-rights law.

Meanwhile, the schools’ refusal to call in the police to clear the camps before violence escalated was inexcusable: A Student Governing Board member at Columbia threatened that “when the administration doesn’t listen to our demands and ignores the student body,” then it’s “time for an escalation.” Indeed, “escalate for Gaza” has become the rallying cry of most of the encampments. Supporters even projected those words onto a building in New York City this week.

Biden was right, then, to express his exasperation at the violence into which the pro-Hamas camps promised to descend and then descended. But the fact is, they’re doing not only what they have been taught, but what they are being taught now in response to their behavior. The president should save some of his disgust for the school administrations and faculties, which deserve far more scorn than they have received thus far.
Biden condemns violence, antisemitism at campus protests
In a surprise White House address on Thursday morning, President Joe Biden condemned the violent protests that have swept American college campuses and decried the antisemitism that has taken place at many of the demonstrations.

“We’ve all seen the images and they put to the test two fundamental American principles,” Biden said in his first major remarks on the campus protests. “The first is the right to free speech and for people to peacefully assemble and make their voices heard. The second is the rule of law. Both must be upheld.”

In a brief speech lasting just over three minutes, Biden drew a clear differentiation between lawful protests and the violence that has occurred on some campuses.

“Violent protest is not protected. Peaceful protest is. It’s against the law when violence occurs,” the president said. “Destroying property is not a peaceful protest. It’s against the law. Vandalism, trespassing, breaking windows, shutting down campuses, forcing the cancellation of classes and graduation — none of this is a peaceful protest. Threatening people, intimidating people, instilling fear in people is not a peaceful protest. It’s against the law.”

Biden specifically called out the hate experienced by Jewish students on many campuses. “Let’s be clear about this as well: There should be no place on any campus, no place in America, for antisemitism or threats of violence against Jewish students,” said Biden.

“There is no place for hate speech or violence of any kind, whether it’s antisemitism, Islamophobia or discrimination against Arab Americans or Palestinian Americans. It’s simply wrong,” added Biden. “There’s no place for racism in America. It’s all wrong. It’s un-American.”

The president did not mention Israel or anti-Zionist rhetoric, nor did he make any reference to the content of the protests or the protesters’ demands. But Biden said “no” when asked by a reporter if the protests will lead him to reconsider his policy in the Middle East. He also responded with a “no” when asked if the National Guard should intervene.

A Tale of Two Columbias
Save some pesky details—like, say, the chants for globalizing the intifada (a call for globalizing a campaign of terror aimed at killing Jews); telling Jewish students to “go back to Poland”; and, in at least one case, assaulting a student—the encampment was just kids being kids. Indeed, if you asked the likes of Ilhan Omar and AOC, both of whom made pilgrimages, these students explicitly cheering for Hamas weren’t pro-war at all—they were standing against genocide and for liberation.

That position became less tenable after protesters smashed windows with a hammer, occupied Hamilton Hall, and started fighting with Columbia employees.

A now-viral photograph (above) shows one of the college’s lowest paid workers—a janitor making around $19 an hour—fighting back against a member of the mob. Contrast that with this video, in which one of the protest leaders demands “humanitarian aid”—i.e., snacks—for those who’ve laid siege to the building.

It was a tale of two Columbias.

The janitor captured in the photograph on Monday night still has not been identified. But yesterday, two members of Columbia’s maintenance crew said the man should sue the college.

“Half these kids don’t even know what they’re protesting for, they just want to be part of the fad,” one janitor, who did not want to be identified, told The Free Press. “I would fucking sue if I was him.”

Another maintenance worker with a 19-year-old daughter in college said, “If I were a parent of one of the graduating seniors, I would say fuck this, I want my money back.” Columbia’s tuition ranges from $50,000 a year for graduate students to $90,000 a year for undergrads.

Meanwhile, a PhD student named Johannah King-Slutzky spoke to the press about students’ demands, which included catering. When a reporter asked her, “Why should the university be obligated to provide food to people who have taken over a building?” King-Slutzky replied, “First of all, we’re saying they are obligated to provide food to students who pay for a meal plan here.” Which is sort of like saying that if a restaurant can’t deny you service, the chef is obliged to come cook in your apartment—except you’ve stormed the chef’s apartment, and now you want him to cook you dinner there.

“I guess it’s ultimately a question of what kind of a community and obligation Columbia has to its students,” King-Slutzky reflects. “Do you want students to die of dehydration and starvation or get severely ill even if they disagree with you?” So like, is it possible that they could get just a simple glass of water? With three lemons? And a Caesar salad with dressing on the side? Thankssomuch!

King-Slutzky, whose thesis is on “theories of the imagination and poetry as interpreted through a Marxian lens” and the “fantasies of limitless energy in the transatlantic Romantic imagination from 1760–1860,” and whose fantasies are indeed limitless, goes on: “It’s crazy to say because we’re on an Ivy League campus, but this is like basic humanitarian aid we’re asking for.” In another video, she calls on members of the public to “hold Columbia accountable for any disproportionate response to students’ actions.”

You’d think with all this talk of proportionality and humanitarian aid that she’d be discussing the war in Gaza. But she means the war in Hamilton Hall. In Manhattan.
Normal Kids Get F*cked
The university’s decisions were especially galling to the Jewish members of AEPi, who lost their house in 2010 and have been working to earn back a brownstone since then. Columbia uses the ALPHA Standards—a set of metrics ranging from liability protections and academic performance to participation in “Diversity Education or Multiculturalism” workshops—to evaluate Greek eligibility. AEPi was told that a high ALPHA score would help them get their brownstone back; they had a perfect ALPHA score almost every year since 2012 and were rejected every single time. Instead, the brownstones were transformed into Q House (for LGBTQ students), the Black Residential Brownstone, Casa Latina, and Indigihouse. Setting the tone for their future dealings with the university, AEPi complained about the unfairness the first time they lost a house bid, to which Columbia responded that the ALPHA standards were apparently always meant to be just “one component” of their eligibility and that house occupants also “need to follow community standards.” “My feeling was that we were good citizens and followed exactly what the school asked us to do, and we still got fucked,” said a former brother.

Other Columbia alumni pointed out that the university also meddles with nonfraternity campus fun. Many former students found the persistence of the disruptive encampments especially exasperating because, as they vividly recalled, the university banned a long-standing campus tradition called Orgo Night in 2016. That annual event, in which the Columbia Marching Band would come to a main study room in the campus library the night before finals to play loudly and perform a short satirical comedy routine, had been going on for over 40 years—until, that is, students began complaining that the satire was too triggering. The administration deemed it too distracting and stopped the band from performing. “I saw photos of kids in the library trying to study for finals and watching the protests through the window and immediately thought about Orgo Night being called ‘too distracting,’” said one alumnus. “Why is it only the crazy tent people who get to have their fun?”

There is absolutely no problem with giving spaces to campus affinity groups or reasonably penalizing moronic fraternity brothers who violate rules. What is a problem is the way the same university officials who are terrified to offend or restrict the rule-shattering minority of politically active progressive students are nevertheless perfectly happy to trample all over the college experience of the students who just want to partake in normal campus activities and traditions. It’s no wonder a growing number of high-achieving students are applying to Southern schools—why willingly enroll at an institution where you can receive disciplinary consequences for sipping warm Keystone Light in a frat backyard while kaffiyeh-clad students are free to call for intifada?

Forget the political hypocrisy, excessive bureaucracy, and blatant administrative unfairness—all of this just makes for a campus experience that the Cornell student described as “exhausting.” It has nothing to do with supporting Israel or Palestine or protests or frats; it’s a matter of the universities equally enforcing the rules to create an environment where kids don’t need to wake up every day prepared for battle. There are likely many students on these campuses, from freshmen trying to enjoy their first sunny campus spring to graduating seniors who had their first year derailed by COVID, who are annoyed with the hijacking of their semester and would love nothing more than to go to class or attend a party without walking through NYPD officers or tent villages with Hezbollah flags. Elite schools have deemed the presence of these beer-drinking normies unimportant, sometimes even antithetical, to their broader ideological mission. This decision should be added to the long list of things the Ivy League did at its own peril—and its students’ expense.
West-hating pro-Palestinian protests are a harbinger of much worse to come
The protesters have been contaminated by two ideological viruses which have made them allergic to their own societies. They have swallowed the lie that the West is the fount of all evil, that we are racist and sexist, that our achievements are illusory, the product of looting and colonialism, and that we are destroying the planet. They feel shame, not pride, and believe in the need to forever atone for our sins and those of our ancestors.

It is no coincidence that we almost never see British or American flags at pro-Palestine demonstrations on the streets of London, but always spot union flags (as well as Israeli and pre-revolutionary Iranian ones) at the pro-Israel counter-protests. The conflict is a proxy battle for the soul of the West.

Young activists have been taught a simplistic theory of “social justice”: individuals, groups or countries that aren’t doing as well as they would expect are “victims” who “deserve” a lot more, and those that are doing better are “oppressors” who don’t deserve their wealth. The origins of this are partly Marxist and partly drawn from a residual cultural Christianity focused exclusively on the idea that “the meek shall inherit the earth”.

This dichotomy has bred a defeatist culture of victimhood and entitlement which downplays individual agency, promotes welfarism, confiscatory taxation and rejects hard work. It has fuelled anti-Semitic and other conspiracy theories, and successful minorities are being targeted for vicious “reverse” discrimination.

It has led to an inane assumption that all poor countries are automatically good and all rich ones inherently bad. Britain and America are uber-oppressors; China is treated with indifference or indulgence. The barbaric Iranian regime is viewed as an ally, as it opposes “the Great Satan”. Hamas, a genocidal dictatorship is, by definition, a “victim”; Israel, a multi-faith democracy, is the oppressor, even though the Israelis left Gaza in 2005 and even though Hamas raped, kidnapped and murdered Israelis.

The horseshoe theory of politics has come true: traditionally far-Left and far-Right tropes have fused into a full-service, sickeningly authoritarian woke replacement ideology lapped up by those, especially young Westerners, who are losing trust in democracy. Don’t be fooled: the protests defiling universities may be naive, amateurish and solipsistic, but they are the harbinger of far worse to come.
JCPA: Hatred of Israel Invades Universities in Europe and America
What Should Be the Rule on Campus?
The discussion or debate of a subject on campus is wholly natural and legitimate. We should listen to different opinions and organize events and demonstrations, but do so respectfully through sincere dialogue led by honest teachers. Faculty in schools and universities should teach students to think creatively, always with enthusiasm but without violence or hatred.

Universities are centers of knowledge and learning. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders, business leaders, intellectuals, and opinion leaders. Their duty will be to move societies forward, change the world, eradicate terrorism, and act for the peace and prosperity of humanity.

Unfortunately, misinformation about the reality in Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict dominates the debates. In some schools and universities, a dissertation or thesis that does not correspond to the line of thought of the professors or an academic jury may not pass the test. Students are forced to align themselves with their teachers’ beliefs to get a good grade.

During the Jordanian occupation of the West Bank and Egypt’s occupation of Gaza (1949-1967), universities hardly existed. Democratic values were achieved thanks to Israel. The Jewish State allowed Arab students to study on their own campuses. Since then, the Israeli administration has permitted opening eight universities in the territories. However, the knowledge students gained was manipulated and truncated. They did not use it to achieve peace and coexistence but for military and terrorist purposes, simply to take revenge.

A Scourge Exists in Europe and, Particularly, in France.
Those responsible for the hatred against Israel are the educators and imams, but above all, the governments in Europe and America that negligently and recklessly allowed the activities of BDS and the unfettered religious extremism of Islamists. They refused to act decisively against the waves of violence under the pretext of free expression.

In reality, fear of the terrorist threat hangs over all the chancelleries. Purely political reasons and electoral interests remain a priority for all campaign leaders.

Tomorrow – if not already – the “madmen of Allah” will threaten and boycott big business, sports, and culture, and then they will invade the classrooms of primary and secondary schools.
You Want Context? Here’s Context
The “context” — asserted by the pro-Hamas “all resistance, including rape, is justified” crowd — is as follows:
1) Before World War II there was a separate polity called Palestine with a teeming and thriving population of ethnic “Palestinian” Arabs who were indigenous to the region, lived there for millennia and had a culture that was unique and indigenous to the region.
2) The Jews who declared their independence in 1948 and established the modern state of Israel are European colonialists with no connection to the land of Israel/Palestine.
3) Before 1948 — and certainly before “Zionists” started advocating for Jewish sovereignty and self-determination in Palestine — Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in peaceful co-existence in Palestine.
4) Out of sympathy for the persecution the Jews were facing from Nazi Germany, the peaceful indigenous Palestinian Arabs welcomed “European Jews” with open arms, invited them into their homes, but literally had their homes stolen from them by those nefarious Jews (oops, I mean “Zionists”).
5) After the colonialist Jews — with no more connection to the land called Palestine than a Dutch person has to Southern Africa, or a Brit has to India — declared their independence, they launched a war to ethnically cleanse “millions” of Palestinians from Palestine.

This is the “context” that people like the agitators on Dr. Phil contend must be the preamble to any question about what one thinks about Hamas, its self-described genocidal charter, its openly fascist ideology, the Oct. 7 Massacre, or even Hamas’s leaders’ promise to perpetuate more and more Oct. 7 style massacres until Israel is completely obliterated. The problem with this “context”? It’s complete bunk.

The actual historical “context”:
1] Before 1948 no independent state or even semi-autonomous state had existed west of the Jordan River after the Jewish Kingdom of Judea fell under Roman colonialist rule in the year 6 C.E.; and for the nearly entire “modern era” of history, from 1517 to 1948 C.E., the land was under colonialist Turkish (Ottoman) and British rule.
2] Prior to 6 C.E., there had been already three separate Hebrew/Israelite/Jewish commonwealths and kingdoms in the land west of the Jordan River. It was in this land that the Jewish people not only had our ethnogenesis but where we developed our indigenous language, culture, and tribal faith.
3] The evidence of Jewish indigeneity in the land of Israel is as obvious as the presence of ancient mikvot and ancient Jewish coins, which have been discovered all over Israel, or even the Arch of Titus in Rome over 2,000 kilometers from the Levant, which depicts the Roman spoils of war from their siege of Jewish Jerusalem.
4] After the 7th Century C.E., Arab culture and language as well as the dominant faith of Arabs came to dominate the Levant and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa (outside of the Arabian Peninsula) the same way English language, dominant faith, and culture came to dominate North America, and Spanish language, dominant faith, and culture came to dominate central and South America – through conquest and colonialism.
5] Even after the respective Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusader, Arab, Mamluk, and Ottoman empires imposed their respective colonialist rules on the Levant and made life for ethnic minorities, and in particular Jews, generally very oppressive and difficult, there has never been a time in over 3000 years when Jews have not lived in the Levant, save for short periods following brutal campaigns to massacre and ethnically cleanse the Jewish people from their indigenous land.
Modern Day Blood-Libels Make It Clear – The Protests Themselves Are Antisemitic
What people like Sen. Sanders don’t understand is that equating Jews having sovereignty and self-determination in the land of Israel with “colonialism” is antisemitic. That shouting that all forms of “resistance” — including the most vile and violent to this alleged “colonialism” — is “justified,” is a dangerously antisemitic blood libel that leads to people, including these same student protesters, justifying the mass-murder of most Jews.

By the same token, the students loudly screaming on these college campuses that Israel is committing genocide and charging all of the roughly 85% of the Jews in the world who support Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas with “supporting genocide” is not only ahistorical, counterfactual nonsense, grounded in antisemitism — it’s also a modern-day blood libel.

These students might think they are human rights activists; but what they really are is just a regurgitation of the mob of age-old antisemitic conspiracy theorists/haters; people who either willfully or ignorantly shouted medieval blood libels — only in 21st century packaging.

And just like the medieval blood libel — which was the claim that Jews supposedly killed non-Jewish children, because the Jews wanted to use non-Jewish children’s blood in Jewish baked goods (like Passover matzah) — the 21st century blood libels that people like these students traffic in — including that Israel is colonialist and #genocide — are grounded in Jew-hatred, NOT facts.

It’s not like it’s hard to see what actual “genocides” look like.
- 2,000,000 Armenians in 1914 / 400,000 Armenians in 1917.
- 16,000,000 Jews worldwide in 1939 / 10,000,000 Jews worldwide in 1945.
- 700,000 Tutsi in April 1994 / barely 150,000 Tutsi in July 1994.

Those are actual genocides; and of course, the Armenians in 1914, the Jews in 1939, and the Tutsi in 1994 couldn’t do anything to stop their mass-murder; and they also didn’t start a war with the people who were killing them or have leaders who promised to keep murdering the people who were killing them until those people themselves ceased to exist.

What’s not a “genocide”?

A war started by Hamas (which is actually an openly genocidal group). In a place, Gaza, with a population of 2.2 million, where to date, around 22,000 people have been killed in 6 months (as the “Gaza Health Ministry” recently had to admit it had no identifying information about 1/3 of the casualties it previously claimed in this war) with around half of those casualties being Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists — in a war Hamas could literally end any time by releasing the Israeli hostages and unconditionally surrendering, and where Israel has taken more measures to avoid civilian casualties than any military in the history of modern urban warfare.

If the Gaza War is a “genocide,” then what would these students call the war in Syria (where Assad, with the help of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia, killed over 500,000 non-Alawites and displaced over 12,000,000 non-Alawites?

What would these campus protestors call the civil war in Yemen where over 370,000 people have been killed and over 4 million displaced?

Or even America’s war to wrest ISIS from Mosul and Aleppo, where over 40,000 civilians were killed (in addition to around 12,000 ISIS terrorists)?
The five lessons I've learned at Stanford
Here at Stanford, at least, the students camping out on the lawn call for "global intifada,” pose no physical danger. But in the medium to long term, they are very dangerous to the character of the leader of the free world.

This is my second year at Stanford. When we came back to school in September, after the summer vacation, I intended to end the year with an accepted research proposal and a third of my PhD thesis already written. It is hard to describe how far I am from those goals. In my view, I am no different than others. Since October, many Israelis studying abroad found that they had a choice of two options – their heads down or becoming ambassadors of Israel.

With two brothers fighting in Gaza, who would be able to sit down and write a paper. So instead, I found myself spending most of my time "explaining" Israel, something I had not intended to have anything to do with at Stanford.

Despite that, I did learn a few valuable lessons this year, that would be remembered for life. As the academic year ends, as amid the worries and concerns from home over the current madness on campuses, I thought I would share the five most important lessons I've learned this past year at Stanford University in California.

1. Whether we like it or not, we are always, first and foremost, Jews.
My first year here was a most powerful academic experience. I felt surrounded by friends from around the world. I had full access to the brightest legal minds in the world. The feeling was that I had at my disposal endless opportunities. Friends from Israel who asked last year if we suffered from anti-Israel sentiments, seemed laughable. What are they talking about? I am a liberal Israeli. I wrote for the most left-wing Israeli newspaper. I clerked at one of the most liberal Supreme Courts in the Western world. Why should anyone have any problem with me?

I moved among those I believed were my friends as an equal. I could speak freely about Israel, criticize it and love it, have what I believed were good and complex discussions about the most sensitive matters, even with those who clearly did not agree with me. I felt like I was a citizen of the world.

That was an illusion. There is apparently, no such thing as "a Jewish citizen of the world," as long as the Jew insists on his right to a national homeland. When push came to shove, very few stood beside me. Almost none of them stood with me nationally. The double standards enabled Israel-hating students to say terrible things about me and my friends but silenced any of our attempts to push back. In some places, I had to choose between apologizing for being Israeli, or being rejected. There was no dilemma.

This eye-opening experience had its advantages. It was a litmus test of the human quality of those around us. Some went out of their way to support me, or to exhibit gestures of humanity. I found I was surrounded by strong and durable ties. Those are friends I would not forget easily.

2. America deserves Donald Trump.
A friend joked that if Trump were to be re-elected in November, he would walk around the Stanford campus handing out candy, as an act of celebration. He laughed because this is not entirely unimaginable.

Like many around the world, I was dumbfounded on November 9, 2016, when the United States of America elected Donald Trump as president. It was unfathomable to me in the deepest sense, despite the articles I read and the documentaries I watched. The appointment of this man was inexplicable, unreal, impossible. Even years later when the words President Trump no longer felt strange to utter, his election remained a mystery. A glitch in the matrix, I could not understand how his campaign was successful.

This year I understood. And no. If I were an American, I still would not vote for Trump but I do understand now, those who do. Donald Trump is the reaction of some Americans to the madness we are witnessing. A madness I was unaware of until it turned on us. Madness that is no less bad. No, if I had the right to vote, I would not choose Trump. But America, in a sense, tragically deserves him.

3. Progressives are not political allies of liberal Zionists.
Last year, the progressive movement appeared to me to be an amusing youthful rebellion. The ceremony where everyone announced their gender at the beginning of class seemed strange, not always necessary, but harmless. The fact that I had to state my race on every form (I said I was Middle Eastern) made me laugh, but raised no resistance. I regarded the American progressive movement, as the childish little sister of the liberal movements that I respected. I saw it as an ally.

That was a mistake.

The progressive movement is not an amusing anecdote. This week I witnessed an especially graphic expression of that. In the "pro-Palestinian" encampment – I put it in quotation marks because most of its inhabitants could not find Israel on a map or name one single Palestinian leader – which was erected again on campus, one man was photographed dressed like a nukhba terrorist, in full gear including a face covering with only his eyes showing and a green Hamas headband. He was standing next to activists for trans-sexual rights. This strange alliance did not amuse me.
Harvard Commencement Speaker Published Editorial Likening Israel to Hitler
Harvard's commencement speaker, media CEO Maria Ressa, published an editorial that compared Israel after Hamas's October 7 terrorist attack to Nazi Germany and accused the Jewish state of "targeting" news reporters in an "unprecedented attack on journalist safety."

Ressa, the CEO of the Philippines-based news site Rappler and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will give the university's commencement address on May 23, at a time when Harvard faces a congressional investigation for what House Republicans have called a "failure to protect Jewish students" and as anti-Semitism has surged on college campuses across the country.

Ressa's comments on the Israel-Gaza war, and her news outlet's editorial stance, could add to concerns about Harvard's promotion of anti-Israel views. Comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany, as well as holding Israel to standards not applied to other countries, could be considered anti-Semitic under the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's working definition.

In January, Ressa signed a letter accusing Israel of "unabated killing of journalists in Israeli airstrikes since the start of the Israel-Gaza war." The letter called for an "immediate end to the bombardment of journalists and apparent targeting in some cases of our colleagues in Gaza and the region."

There is no clear evidence that Israel has deliberately targeted journalists. The Israeli government warned reporters to evacuate high-conflict areas. Investigators also found that numerous alleged Palestinian journalists killed in the war worked for Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, organizations that often use press badges as cover for terrorist activities.

In a November editorial, Rappler called for a ceasefire and compared Israel's actions to those by Adolf Hitler, according to a translation.

"What Israel is doing is clearly a disproportionate response and its intention is not simply to retaliate, but to launch an all-out war," the editorial said. "In the intensity of Israel's godlike technology, its paleolithic instincts can be seen in the lack of effort to differentiate between civilians and its enemy Hamas."

The editorial said Israel's actions were "about to reach genocide."

"It is a great irony that the [Jewish] race that suffered centuries of oppression, even genocide at the hands of Adolf Hitler, is now [denying] the same aspirations [for] the Palestinians," said the column.

"We like to think that our world is more modern, more aware, and more compassionate, compared for example to the time of Adolf Hitler, or the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima," the editorial went on.

In its coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict, Rappler has also referred to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as "militant" groups rather than terrorist organizations.

Ressa did not respond to a request for comment. Harvard did not respond to a request for comment.
Ben Shapiro: Time To DEFUND The Universities
As protests continue around the country, we examine just why administrators are caving to student radicals; House Republicans seek to fill in the gaps in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act; and the Federal Reserve declines to lower interest rates.

The Tikvah Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Explosion of Anti-Israel Protests on Campus
Anti-Israel campus activism has never been more popular or unpleasant than it is right now. In years past, much of this activism was mixed up with nods to the desire for peace and a two-state solution that would allow for Palestinians to enjoy their own sovereignty alongside a secure Israel. That isn't happening now. It certainly isn’t what is meant by the chants, now common at the most prestigious universities in the United States, that call for the globalization of the intifada or that give voice to the delusion that Israel can be unborn.

To analyze the protests, the protestors, and their slogans, Ruth Wisse, the scholar of Yiddish and Jewish literature and history, and the author of books including Jews and Power, joins Jonathan Silver.
The Commentary Magazine Podcast: The Least He Could Do?
Hosted by Abe Greenwald, Christine Rosen, John Podhoretz & Matthew Continetti
Was Joe Biden’s at-long-last three minute statement about the unrest on college campuses sufficient for the moment, or the least he could do, or not even the least he could do? We discuss this and the fact that the protestors are asking for sexual aids and pass-fail grades, and whatever happened to elementary shame.

Rick Scott: ‘Horrific’ Jew-hatred, violence ‘like a cancer’ on campuses
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) shared his “disgust” over antisemitic protests on campuses during a meeting with pro-Israel and Jewish students at George Washington University’s Hillel on Wednesday.

The senator’s daughter attended the school, located just blocks from the White House and U.S. State Department.

“What I am seeing on that campus today is something I never could have imagined,” he said. “Our Jewish students deserve to have a place where they can live and learn without fearing for their safety—starting with university leadership that has the backbone to stand for their safety, or step aside.”

He also commended the courage of the school’s Jewish and pro-Israel community “in the face of horrific antisemitism and violence that is spreading like a cancer across college campuses.”

“We also need local and state leaders willing to condemn this behavior and take action against this hate,” he said, noting that Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., is among those “refusing to do so.”

Biden’s New Immigration Plan May Be the Final Nail in the Coffin
Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report” shares a DM clip of his talk with Gad Saad and Winston Marshall about CBS News breaking news of the Biden administration’s plan to bring in Palestinian refugees.

Megyn Kelly: Why Anti-Israel and Anti-Jewish Brats on Campuses Actually Hate America, with Batya Ungar-Sargon
Megyn Kelly is joined by Batya Ungar-Sargon, author of "Second Class,” to discuss why this crop of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish campus protesters actually hate America, how some Jewish students are fighting back but others just want to go to school, and more.

Megyn Kelly: Megyn Kelly Highlights Bratty Anti-Israel UCLA Protesters Admitting They Want to Take Down America
Megyn Kelly begins the show addressing the chaos at UCLA where protesters clashed with police and hundreds were arrested, some actually admitting they want to take down the institutions of America, and more.

Megyn Kelly: Whiny Students at Elite Colleges Turning Off Normal Americans of All Sides, with The Fifth Column
Megyn Kelly is joined by Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch, hosts of The Fifth Column podcast, to discuss students claiming their colleges are founded on violent colonialism, the Anti-American protests continuing, whiny students at elite universities being completely out of touch and turning off normal Americans of all sides, and more.

Megyn Kelly: Columbia Protest Leader Ms. "King-Slutsky" is Hilarious, Ridiculous Character, with The Fifth Column
Megyn Kelly is joined by Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch, hosts of The Fifth Column podcast, to discuss the irony of Ivy League students demanding food and water and pretending they're in need of "humanitarian aid," asking for vegan food and other ridiculous high-maintenance requests, one of the Columbia University protest leaders being a ridiculous character, and more.

Megyn Kelly: Frat Bros at UNC Who Protected American Flag Get Hundreds of Thousands for Rager, with Fifth Column
Megyn Kelly is joined by Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch, hosts of The Fifth Column podcast, to discuss the UNC frat bros who protected the American flag, the almost half a million dollars raised for the fraternity to throw a party, and more.

UNC student who defended American flag says ‘unwashed Marxist horde’ could only have it over his ‘dead body’
One of the University of North Carolina students who protected the American flag from anti-Israel protesters, whom he dubbed an “unwashed Marxist horde,” said they would only get to Old Glory over his dead body.

Dan Stompel, a junior studying political science at UNC, was among the patriotic students who kept the American flag safe after protesters removed it to raise the Palestinian flag on campus.

“I don’t understand how people can act like this,” Stompel told Fox News, recounting how he spent more than an hour keeping the flag away from the mob.

“We’re looking at every direction. If stuff was flying in, we would say, ‘Heads up,’” Stompel recalled of the chaos. “We would cover each other. We would look out for other people… And it did hurt our arms.”

Despite the exhaustion of keeping the flag safe, Stompel said the moment gave him hope as the members of Chapel Hill’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter rushed in to help protect Old Glory.

“It shows that …based on the people there, nice, normal, strong boys protecting America’s flag,” he said. “There’s nothing more patriotic, nothing more genuine, nothing more inspiring than that.

“I was like, ‘I’d die for this flag.’ And everybody was like, ‘Yeah,’” Stompel added. “… They’re going to have to tear me off this flag over my dead body.”
God Bless the UNC Fraternity Bros Who Defended America's Honor from the Filthy Liberal Mob
In a scene as iconic as the U.S. Marines raising Old Glory over Iwo Jima, these valiant gentleman kept our country's colors from touching the ground amidst an onslaught of abuse and debris hurled lip-wristedly by liberal freaks protesting the existence of Israel.

Jewish comedian’s show canceled due to ‘pro-terror mob’

On April 23, the Comedy on State homepage listed a performance scheduled for May 2 with Michael Rapaport. “Special engagement,” it stated, per an archived version of the site. “No passes or promotions.”

The Madison, Wis. venue, which bills itself as the city’s “premier comedy club,” canceled that performance this week, and all references to the Jewish comedian on its website yield error messages.

“Madison bows to bullies. Michael Rapaport’s sold-out comedy shows in Madison, Wis. have been canceled following threats from the pro-terror mob,” wrote Aviva Klompas, a former head of speechwriting at Israel’s mission to the United Nations.

“The mob is screaming about the right to free speech, and here they are trying to silence a comedian just because he is Jewish,” Klompas added. (Rapaport responded to her post and confirmed the show had been scrapped.)

Todd Richman, co-chair of the Democratic Majority for Israel, wrote that if venues in Arizona and Chicago had “stayed strong and not succumb to the pro-Hamas anti-Israel ‘potential protestors’ and cancel Matisyahu, then maybe Comedy On State in Madison, Wis. might not have been cowards and had the guts not to cancel Michael Rapaport.”

“When will these institutions stand up for what is right?” he wrote. “Welcome to America, where Jewish artists are banned from performing. They said it couldn’t happen here in this amazing country, but I guess so many were wrong. Welcome to the 1930s Nazi Germany.”
This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka The Charles Oakley of The Jews, The Monster of Mucous aka Captain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Smiling Sultan of Sniff aka The Flat Footed Phenom aka Mitzvah Mike is here to discuss: Having a Comedy Club cancel his shows due to threats in Madison, WI, NBA Playoffs Decompression, Nova Music Festival Exhibit in NYC, Eli Lake Calls In on College Encampments, Israel & Palestine History, Radical Extremeism Brewing in America & a whole lotta mo'.
Anti-Israel movement attracts the ‘most extreme elements of society’
The anti-Israel movement attracts the “most extreme elements of society”, according to Executive Council of Australian Jewry Co-CEO Alex Ryvchin.

Mr Ryvchin’s remarks come as pro-Palestine protests continue to rage across university campuses.

“To see this, it’s shocking, of course – but it’s also entirely predictable,” he told Sky News host Steve Price.

“The anti-Israel movement has always attracted the most extreme elements of society because it’s a movement founded in paranoia and soaked in conspiracy theories, racial hatred and religious supremacism.

“So, there’s no shock here.”

Standing up against campus hate speech and intimidation
More than 500 members of the community turned up on Friday morning to call on the University of Sydney to take action against hate speech, intimidation and exclusion against Jews on campus.

As pro-Hamas demonstrators chanted “intifada, intifada” and “from the river to sea” at the University’s quadrangle just a few hundred metres away, speakers at the demonstration co-organised by Together with Israel and StandWithUs called for peace, respect and tolerance for all.

“We’re here today to simply stop the hate … and demand in Australian universities take action to remove all hate from campuses and foster a safe and inclusive learning environment for all,” Together With Israel’s Hagit Ashual told those present.

“We cannot allow calls such as ‘Intifada’ or ‘from the river to the sea’ to be chanted on university grounds, particularly by children of six years of age, what were you thinking?

“We call on the Australian universities to stop the hate and return peace to our campuses and address this issue head on.”

StandWithUs Australia executive director Michael Gencher thanked everyone who came “for not being afraid”.

Addressing University of Sydney vice chancellor Mark Scott, he said “inaction is no longer tolerable”.

“Frustration, fear, intimidation, provocation, and abuse – these are not just words. These are realities that some amongst us here today on campus are facing daily.

“We’re appalled by the vicious, anti-Jewish racism that has been promoted under the guise of political statements and free speech against Israel.”

‘Devastated’: Australian-Jewish community is ‘broken’
Jewish protester Domino says the Australian-Jewish community is “broken” by a rise in anti-Semitism since the October 7 attacks.

Her remarks come as Jewish students continue to face anti-Semitism on university campuses.

“Since October, it’s been a lot of sleepless nights and the community is just broken,” she told Sky News host Erin Molan.

“I’m so devastated that this is happening not only around the world, but especially in Australia.

“I never thought I would see the day where I would feel I have to think twice about … putting my kids in their uniforms – there aren’t enough words.”

'Outrageous': Jewish students feeling unsafe on campuses after 'weak leadership'
It is “outrageous” Jewish students feel unsafe to attend universities in Australia as “weak leadership” from those at the top is evident, explains Australian Jewish Association’s David Adler.

“Could you imagine such a comment being made by any other minority group that is persecuted on university campuses,” Mr Adler told Sky News Australia host Danica De Giorgio.

“He would probably be sacked the next day for failing to uphold the basic human rights of having a safe place on universities for all the students.

“This is blatant anti-Semitism on our campuses.

“We have many Jewish students who feel unsafe to attend university campuses.”

Columbia professor Shai Davidai: 'I'm just asking for equal treatment'
Shai Davidai, an Israeli associate professor at Columbia Business School, has become the face of the pro-Israel movement not only for students and staff on campus - but for the greater Jewish community.

On Wednesday morning, he came to speak on the steps of City Hall in lower Manhattan at the invitation of EndJewHatred, an organization dedicated to Jewish unity and solidarity.

He was greeted with hugs, handshakes, thank you's.

Two women asked to take a picture with him.

He'd just returned from five days in Israel, where he told reporters he felt safer walking the streets in Tel Aviv than he did in New York.

In the days before his Israel trip, Davidai was barred from campus. Videos he shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, show Davidai unable to scan into the university's checkpoints as his staff ID had been disabled.

Davidai has not heard from Columbia
"I have not heard anything from the University since last Monday when I was barred because we couldn't guarantee the safety of the most vocal proponent of Jewish life on campus," he told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
Flagship Jewish university sees record enrollment as anti-Israel protests rock elite US campuses
The antisemitism that has surfaced on U.S. college campuses since Israel was attacked by Hamas terrorists in October has sent Jewish students and faculty fleeing. Now, America's — and the world's — flagship Jewish institution, Yeshiva University, is bursting at the seams.

Yeshiva recently hit record-high enrollment, with transfer applications up 53%. The school had to lease an additional residence building to accommodate the surge in new students this semester, and more housing accommodations will be needed for the fall.

The influx of student transfers includes several from Ivy League institutions, notably Columbia, Yale and Cornell, where one former student said he spent his days "fighting Jewish hate." The crop of professors who have gone to Yeshiva from top-tier schools include a professor from MIT who left due to unchecked antisemitism on the campus.

The private orthodox Jewish university with four campuses in New York announced it was at capacity before the fresh round of anti-Israel protests that began a few weeks ago at neighboring campuses Columbia and NYU.

But after watching the violent demonstrations spread and continue to rage at schools throughout the country, Yeshiva decided to open its doors to more Jewish students and faculty across the country who feel threatened by their campus climates.

Although the deadline for transfer applications had already passed, Yeshiva President Rabbi Ari Berman reopened its transfer portal for undergraduate students last week and announced the school is also creating new faculty positions as it continues to receive inquiries from academic staff at top-tier universities looking for an institution with values that align with their own.

Israelis at Columbia, Yale tell of grim reality for Jewish students
Over the past two weeks, New York’s Columbia University has been in the headlines due to vast student protests in support of Hamas and its sponsor Iran, disrupting campus life and affecting daily routines.

The issue has drawn responses from U.S. President Joe Biden and other American officials and politicians, as well as celebrities such as actor David Schwimmer, who asked to “show support for your Jewish neighbors, friends and colleagues,” saying that “silence is complicity.”

Heated debates escalated on social media. Chants such as “burn Tel Aviv to the ground,” and “Oct. 7 will be every day,” undoubtedly targeting Jewish students, were repeatedly heard on campuses, intensifying tensions and leading to violent incidents.

This volatile situation, first emerging from Columbia, has now spread nationwide—with students setting up encampments and occupying buildings on campuses at the University of Michigan in the Midwest, California State Polytechnic University on the West Coast and Yale in Connecticut—refusing to leave, preventing Jewish students and even professors from moving freely around campus.

“As extreme as the protests were, what truly bothered me and many of the Israeli and Jewish students, was the ridiculous, groveling way the university president and administration handled the situation,” 24-year-old Israeli computer science freshman at Columbia Matan Ossy said.

Columbia University president Minouche Shafik “did not stand by the deadlines and conditions she had set for the protesters, set up a team to negotiate with them and simply allowed them to take over the public space. The students she had suspended were allowed to attend classes via Zoom. The situation appeared to lack any mature leadership with 18-year-olds essentially steering the course of action and having the final say,” said Ossy.

He also criticized members of the American-Jewish community taking part in the pro-Palestinian protests, using the slogan “not in our name.” “Not in our name? We all saw Hamas terrorists shouting ‘slaughter the Jews!’ as they were viciously murdering entire families on Oct. 7,” he said.

“The atmosphere at Yale is better than other places—but that doesn’t mean it’s comfortable here,” said Meital Peleg Mizrachi, a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Economics.

“A few days ago, protesters demonstrating in memory of a terrorist were dispersed, and in the ensuing confrontation, a woman was struck with a flagpole. This was a huge event on campus dedicated to a man who was a terrorist and murdered Jews,” she said.

Ole Miss Students Drown Out Anti-Israel Protesters By Belting Out ‘Star-Spangled Banner’
A group of students at Ole’ Miss belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner,” drowning out the chanting and shouting of anti-Israel protesters on their campus.

In a video posted to X on Tuesday, a number of students could be heard singing the national anthem at the top of their lungs while the shouts of nearby protesters — several of whom carried large Palestinian flags — were completely overpowered.

Governor Tate Reeves (R-MS) responded to the reports of anti-Israel protests — which have spread to campuses all across the country after first garnering media attention in places like Columbia University and Yale — landing in his state.

“I am aware of today’s scheduled protest on the campus of Ole Miss. Mississippi law enforcement is also aware. And they are prepared,” he said. “Campus police, City, County, and State assets are being deployed and coordinated. We will offer a unified response with one mission: Peaceful protests are allowed and protected — no matter how outrageous those protesters views may seem to some of us. But unlawful behavior will not be tolerated. It will be dealt with accordingly. Law and order will be maintained!”

A similar scene played out on the campus of University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where students drowned out the anti-Israel protesters with loud chants of “USA! USA! USA!”

New York City mayor: ‘Outside agitators’ behind Columbia protests
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, revealed that “outside agitators,” including one whose husband was convicted for terrorism, played a key role in the anti-Israel and antisemitic protests at Columbia University.

Asked by MSNBC anchor Willie Geist at what point city officials realized that outside actors were involved, Adams said it was “when we started seeing footage and we were able to identify … some of the organization’s individuals … once we were able to actually confirm [who they were] with our intelligence division.”

They affirmed that the husband of one had been “arrested for and convicted for terrorism on a federal level.”

“Once we were able to identify some of the other people, I knew that there was no way I was going to allow those children to be exploited the way they were being exploited,” he said.

“Many people thought that this was just a natural evolution of a protest. It was not. These were professionals that were here,” he added.

“I want to send a clear message out that there are people who are harmful and are trying to radicalize our children and we cannot ignore … these outside influences,” the mayor stressed.

“I don’t know if they’re international. I think we need to look into that as well,” he added.
Press Stunned by NYC Mayor’s Admitting This About Protesters
Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report” shares a DM clip of his talk with Gad Saad and Winston Marshall about NYC Mayor Eric Adams blaming outside agitators for the out-of-control pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia University and CUNY.

Wild NYPD bodycam video shows Columbia anti-Israel protesters confronting cops inside Hamilton Hall: ‘Gonna get hurt’
New bodycam video shows the short-lived confrontation inside Columbia University on Tuesday night after anti-Israel protesters fronted up to NYPD cops after they breached Hamilton Hall and deployed flashbang stun grenades.

One ski mask-clad rioter appeared to have a makeshift shield duct-taped to his arm as he attempted to block officers from the city’s specially trained Emergency Service Unit.

“Put it down, you’re gonna get hurt,” the cop said, as he pushed the protester to the floor.

The video reveals for the first time the layers of barricades the cops had to hack through — with “jaws of life” cutters, electric saws and blow torches.

The protesters pulled up tables, chairs and garbage cans and used bicycle chains in an effort to lock themselves inside the building.

Philly's Soros-Backed DA Calls NYPD Arrests of Columbia Rioters 'Stupid'
Soros-backed Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner said it was "stupid" for the New York Police Department to arrest the rioters at Columbia University who had seized control of a university building. Krasner made the remarks Wednesday while visiting the University of Pennsylvania’s "Gaza Solidarity Encampment," where organizers have defied the administration's orders to disperse.

"The First Amendment comes from here, this is Philadelphia, we don’t have to do stupid like they did at Columbia," Krasner told UPenn's student newspaper. "What we should be doing here is upholding our tradition of being a welcoming, inviting city, where people say things, even if other people don’t like them."

Krasner spokesman Dustin Slaughter confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that he was specifically referring to the NYPD's arrests at Columbia Tuesday night.

Krasner "has been visiting" UPenn’s encampment in a strictly fact-finding capacity only, and not in any show of support for the protesters, Slaughter said. "Should Penn Police or the Philadelphia Police Department bring evidence to our office that rises to the level of probable cause, we will file charges against that individual," the spokesman added.

Police arrest more than 200 at UCLA, clear student tent encampment
In the early hours of Thursday morning, police broke down the makeshift tent encampment that anti-Israel students made on the University of California, Los Angeles campus and arrested more than 200 people.

Many were booked for allegedly failing to disperse—a misdemeanor—a police source told The Los Angeles Times.

“Every student deserves to be safe and live peacefully on their campus. Harassment, vandalism and violence have no place at UCLA or anywhere in our city,” said Karen Bass, the mayor of Los Angeles.

“My office will continue to coordinate closely with local and state law enforcement, area universities and community leaders to keep campuses safe and peaceful,” she added.

Protesters at other schools included “agitators” who are not students. It is not clear how many of those arrested at UCLA are students at the public school, the Times reported.

The dramatic scene at UCLA echoed the clearing of Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall in New York City on Tuesday night. Police officers clad in body armor, helmets and face shields “methodically pulled apart the barricade as protesters tried to hold together the assemblage of plywood and metal fencing,” the Times reported.

“Police launched flares that arced over the encampment, igniting with piercing blasts, and smoke filled the air from fire extinguishers that demonstrators sprayed at police,” the paper added.

Anti-Israel Protesters Demand the Censorship of Knowledge They Don’t Like
Last week, as we have witnessed at so many universities like Columbia, Harvard, Yale and USC, anti-Israel protesters descended onto UCLA’s campus, set up “encampments” and posted their demands to the University’s leadership. Among them, they demanded UCLA “sever all UC-wide connections to Israeli universities, including study abroad programs, fellowships, seminars and research collaborations, and UCLA’s Nazarian Center.” This was a reference to the UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies which our Family Foundation named and endowed in 2010 and where I serve as Chair of its Community Advisory Board.

These protesters were demanding, essentially, the censorship of knowledge they don’t like.

Our Foundation’s primary mission is “the promotion of education as the most important catalyst for societal change.” To us, this means for students to achieve life success, there is a fundamental need to develop critical thinking skills, to learn with depth, to grapple with complexity and to put facts at the center of their learning.

Our support for UCLA, a most revered public institution, and the endowment of the Nazarian Center for Israel studies, is one of our greatest expressions of that commitment. We understood then, and are today more convinced than ever, that only through a serious scholarly and holistic study of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state can we fully understand and appreciate the nation and its people. Academically rigorous study of the complexities the state faces with regards to its domestic, regional, and international challenges equips UCLA students with the knowledge and understanding of what the contemporary state of Israel truly represents.

We are a proud Jewish Iranian-American family, who have been warmly welcomed and embraced by two great nations in our lifetime. My father was forced to uproot our family from Iran in 1979 in order to flee the fanaticism, extremism, and antisemitism of the Iranian Revolution. The kind of hatred and extremism we are now witnessing on US campuses. We fled first to Israel and eventually to the United States, seeking refuge in a democratic country that welcomed and protected Jews.

My parents were able to rebuild our lives and instilled in us a love of our new homeland and an understanding that America, its democratic institutions, and its generosity toward us and all immigrants seeking refuge was something that we should cherish. Our family has tried to find impactful ways to give back to the country that has given us so much through the work of our Foundation.
U. Minnesota Dept. of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies: A Vile Font of Jew Hatred
Just a glance at the website for the University of Minnesota Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies reveals it to be a highly politicized unit of the wider university, dedicated to progressive activism. The site declares that “As a place where research, education, and social change go hand in hand, GWSS identifies, analyzes, and challenges structural inequalities, while imagining and creating just and transformative futures for all.” Instead of searching for truth and knowledge, the Department openly acknowledges that its vision includes “social change,” “challeng[ing] structural inequalities,” and “creating just and transformative futures for all.”

So it should come as no surprise, that like much of the progressive left, the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (DGWSS) is a vile font of Jew hatred on the University of Minnesota campus.

Just six days after the brutal and barbaric Hamas attack on Israel, in which innocent civilians were brutalized and raped, parents killed in front of children, children killed in front of parents, bodies gleefully mutilated by terrorists on camera, DGWSS released a “Faculty Statement on Palestine” in which they described the massacre as “Hamas fighters” (not terrorists) who “brought down border fences.” The statement went on to demonize Israel and its defensive response to the worst attack in its history as “not self-defense but the continuation of a genocidal war against Gaza and against Palestinian freedom, self-determination, and life.” The statement declared “We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and with Palestinian scholars and organizers.” DGWSS might as well have said, “We stand with Hamas.”

The statement goes on to make clear that the Department stands for Palestine, and only Palestine. “We strongly reject the media coverage that condemns ‘both sides,’ or seeks to tell a one-sided story of an unprovoked terrorist attack,” it states. “Israeli leaders are wielding a violent power that subjugates the Palestinian people and constructs them as dehumanized terrorists, upon whom any bloodshed can be meted out.”

Ironically, the Department even claims that its glorification of Hamas “fighters,” who raped and brutalized innocent Israeli women en mass, is a stance for feminism. “As scholars and solidarity workers who seek justice everywhere, we respond to the call of Palestinian feminists and Palestinian freedom fighters for transnational solidarity and assert that Palestine is a feminist issue,” claims the statement. “None of us will be free unless the Palestinian people are free and Palestinian land is liberated.”

Unsurprisingly, the statement goes on to “reaffirm support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement,” a genocidal attempt to isolate and destroy the world’s only Jewish state.

Columbia Student Groups Hold 'Autonomous Rally' Outside Campus, Project 'Escalate for Gaza' Message on Hamilton Hall
The Columbia University student groups behind the "Gaza Solidarity" encampment held what they called an "autonomous rally" outside campus, where they projected the words "Escalate for Gaza" on the side of Hamilton Hall, the building protesters stormed and occupied earlier in the week.

"Palestine Organizers" from Columbia and City University of New York held a Wednesday night press conference outside of CUNY's campus, where they shared their "experiences" from the police sweeps that occurred on both campuses roughly 24 hours prior.

Protesters then traveled a mile down Amsterdam Avenue to Columbia's campus, where keffiyeh-clad individuals lit flares, waved Palestinian flags, and chanted "Gaza" and "free, free, free Palestine." One attendee was filmed holding a sign that read, "Resistance by any means necessary." Later on in the evening, protesters projected images onto the side of Columbia Hall, reading, "Escalate for Gaza," "Israel bombs Columbia pays," and "Columbia funds genocide."

The demonstration shows that Columbia president Minouche Shafik's battle with unauthorized student protesters is far from over, even after Shafik deployed New York City police to break up the "Gaza Solidarity" encampment and to remove those who seized and occupied Hamilton Hall.

The morning after Tuesday night's sweep, Columbia University Apartheid Divest issued a statement pledging to come back "stronger, smarter, and better prepared to stand our ground" and to "continue building a student movement that will take back our campuses."

"Our people arrested today will soon be free and ready to fight again with even greater insight into the oppressor's tools and weaknesses," the group wrote. Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine issued a similar statement, which called to continue "the struggle for Palestinian liberation."

"The student intifada will live on," the statement said.
‘Irrevocably Shaken’: Editors of Columbia Law Review Demand Cancellation of Exams, Citing Trauma Caused by Police Presence on Campus
The student editors of the Columbia Law Review issued a statement on Wednesday urging Columbia Law School to cancel exams in the wake of the police operation that cleared the university’s unauthorized encampment, saying the "violence" had left them "irrevocably shaken" and "unable to focus."

The statement, which represents the majority opinion of the editorial board and was endorsed by five other law journals, including the Columbia Human Rights Law Review & A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, accused the police of "brutalizing" students—though no major injuries have been reported—and claimed that canceling exams was a "proportionate response" to the "distress our peers have been feeling."

"The current exam policy raises concerns around equity and academic integrity," the statement said. "Many are unwell at this time and cannot study or concentrate while their peers are being hauled to jail."

The statement also accuses members of a "white supremacist, neo-fascist hate group" of "storming" campus—an apparent reference to a pro-Israel rally organized by Christian Zionists, including the evangelical musician Sean Feucht, who gathered outside of Columbia’s gates on April 25 for hymns and prayer.

"We do not think it is inconsistent with being a leading voice in legal academia and legal scholarship to prioritize students’ health and safety," the statement said.

Columbia Law School told the Washington Free Beacon it had no plans to cancel exams, which it said would be administered "through the conclusion of the exam period."

The law review’s editor in chief is Alexandria Iraheta Sousa, a second-year law student who has worked for numerous progressive nonprofits, including a dark money group, Demand Justice, that advocates court packing. She did not respond to a request for comment.

CEO of male hair loss and ED treatment brand is ‘eager’ to hire anti-Israel student protesters
The CEO of a male hair loss and erectile dysfunction treatment company said he is “eager” to hire anti-Israel protesters taking over college campuses in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

Andrew Dudum, the Palestinian American CEO of Hims, a telehealth and online pharmacy known for its suggestive New York City subway ads, shared a link to current openings and encouraged the student protesters to apply.

“Moral courage > College degree,” he wrote on X.

“If you’re currently protesting against the genocide of the Palestinian people & for your university’s divestment from Israel, keep going. It’s working.

“There are plenty of companies & CEOs eager to hire you, regardless of university discipline,” he added alongside the Hims job openings link.

Dudum, who founded Hims in 2017 and has family in Gaza and the West Bank, marks a contrast from many company leaders with his remarks as students at more and more colleges across the country join the wave of protests.

Bill Ackman, head of Pershing Square Capital Management, was one of the first to say he wouldn’t hire students from Harvard who signed a letter allegedly blaming Israel for Hamas’ violent Oct. 7 attack.

A top corporate recruiter told The Post last week that he’s begun to reconsider where he’s finding job candidates as many Ivy League schools and other top colleges have been plagued by the protests that critics have claimed are antisemitic.

“We are looking for high-quality candidates but we’re going to be looking at different places,” activist investor and Columbia grad Daniel Loeb said.

Palantir CEO says Columbia protesters should do ‘exchange program’ in North Korea
Palantir CEO Alex Karp eviscerated anti-Israel protesters who have caused chaos on college campuses, saying they should be shipped off to North Korea as part of an “exchange program” to give them perspective.

The software boss took aim at Columbia students who had shut down the Ivy League campus over the past weeks to rail against Israel’s response in Gaza to the deadly Oct. 7 terror attacks by Hamas — and claimed some protesters have even praised North Korea.

“We’re gonna do an exchange program sponsored by Karp,” he said. “A couple months in North Korea, nice-tasting flavored bark. See how you feel about that.”

Karp — whose Peter Thiel-linked firm has grown increasingly more important to the government’s defense-tech plans — was the featured speaker at the invite-only Hill and Valley Forum in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

“Look at Columbia,” Karp continued, in comments first reported by Politico.

“There is literally no way to explain the investment in our elite schools, and the output is a pagan religion — a pagan religion of mediocrity, and discrimination, and intolerance, and violence.”
Iranian university offers scholarships to expelled student protesters in US and Europe
An Iranian university is reportedly offering scholarships to American and European students who have been expelled from their universities for participating in pro-Palestine demonstrations.

According to the Iranian state-owned outlet Press TV, Mohammad Moazzeni, head of Shiraz University in the southern region of Fars, announced the decision during a gathering of students and professors on Monday as a gesture of “solidarity”.

“Students and even professors who have been expelled or threatened with expulsion can continue their studies at Shiraz University and I think that other universities in Shiraz as well as Fars Province are also prepared [to provide the conditions],” Moazzeni reportedly said.

Since the mass protests began at Columbia University on 18 April, over 1,000 people have been arrested across dozens of campuses, and similar protests have spread to the UK, Canada, Australia, France and Italy.
Yemen's Houthis: 'Serious about accepting anti-Israel students who have been suspended in US'
The Yemen-based terrorist Houthi movement is offering students, who have participated in anti-Israel protests on US college campuses and were suspended as a result, to study in Yemen, the country's Sana'a University stated on Friday.

"We are serious about accepting students who have been suspended from universities in the United States for their support for the Palestinians," a senior official at Sana'a University, which is controlled by the Houthis, told Reuters. "We are fighting this battle with Palestine in every way we can."

Students have rallied or set up tents at dozens of campuses in the United States in recent days to protest against Israel's war in Gaza, now in its seventh month.

The Houthi-run Sana'a University issued a statement applauding the "humanitarian" position of the students in the United States and said they could continue their studies in Yemen.

They even provided an email address

Their statement also included email address for any students curious about transferring, according to the Telegraph.

"The board of the university condemns the suppression of freedom of expression that academics and students of US and European universities are being subjected to," the board of the university said in a statement, which included an email address for any students wanting to take up their offer.

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