by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Shortly after Hamas began its bloodthirsty campaign against Israel, student groups started issuing statements praising the terrorists and blaming Israel. If you were appalled, you’re not alone. But you’re also helping to pay for it.
At Harvard, 31 student groups made news when they announced that they “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.” That prompted hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman to call for getting those students’ names so that “none of us inadvertently hire(s) any of their members.” At least a dozen businessmen endorsed Ackman’s call, according to the New York Post.
This was hardly an isolated incident. A few examples of what’s transpired on campuses over the past week.
*Yalies for Palestine issued a statement saying “we hold the Israeli Zionist regime responsible for the unfolding violence and denounce the Israeli occupation, apartheid system, and military rule.”
*A student group at the University of Virginia said “we stand in solidarity with Palestinian resistance fighters.”
*The president of the New York University Student Bar Association expressed her “unwavering and absolute solidarity with Palestinians in their resistance against oppression,” and said that “Israel bears full responsibility for this tremendous loss of life.” …
… Sen. Marco Rubio had it right when he said: “Across America, college students on federal taxpayer-subsidized student (loans) celebrated the murder of Jews.”
Many of these students have been radicalized by faculty and staff that your tax dollars are also supporting.
A report from the AMCHA Initiative, which tracks antisemitism on U.S. college campuses, tell us that “160 academic departments at 120 U.S. colleges and universities issued or endorsed wholly one-sided, anti-Israel statements containing rhetoric that meets the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.”
It says that these faculty members are “instigating, inspiring, encouraging and modeling the playbook for students to follow.”