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    Hamas apologists plague the Ivory Tower
    • October 19, 2023

    Institutions of higher ed have long been known hotbeds of radical left-wing activism, both in and out of the classroom. In the aftermath of Hamas’ terrorist assault on Jews in Israel, universities across the country are rightly paying the price, both financially and reputationally, for their radicalism.

    At Cornell University, Professor Russell Rickford has been captured on video describing Hamas’ terrorist actions as “exhilarating” and “energizing.”

    “They were able to breathe for the first time in years. It was exhilarating. It was energizing. And if they weren’t exhilarated by this challenge to the monopoly of violence, by this shifting of the balance of power, then they would not be human. I was exhilarated,” said the history professor, whose college bio describes him as an expert in “the Black Radical Tradition.”

    At Harvard University, dozens of student groups signed onto a letter declaring, “We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.”

    Some of the student groups pulled out from the letter after its publication, but it’s remarkable that so many at a supposedly prestigious university would sign on to such a vacuous statement.

    At Yale University, Professor Zareena Grewal, a self-described “radical Muslim,” has repeatedly engaged in pro-Hamas propaganda.

    In response to a tweet pointing out the obvious, that “Civilians are civilians are civilians, doesn’t matter where,” Grewal responded, “Settlers are not civilians. This is not hard.”

    At the University of California, Los Angeles, student groups held a rally where they were caught on video chanting “Intifada,” a reference to Palestinian uprisings against Israel.

    “As a @UCLA alum, part time lecturer and Jew, I find the chanting of “intifada, intifada!” disgusting in the wake of the barbaric terror attacks in #israel and Hamas call for violence against Jews globally. This is happening now at UCLA,” wrote Ariel Jalali, who posted the video to Twitter.

    An open letter circulated throughout the University of California system, signed by graduate students and professors alike, proclaims: “To blame anyone other than the Zionist Israeli government and its settlers mischaracterizes this struggle and fuels the ongoing violence. Although international law states that Palestians’ have the right to defend themselves in their ancestral homelands, it is evident these rights only apply to some.”

    The extremist delusions of radical leftists in institutions of higher learning present a serious problem for America.

    If these are the sort of ideas taking root among the highly “educated,” this does not bode well for the future of our nation.

    Radical leftists seek only the destruction of civilization. They reject common sense, like the common sense notion that Hamas was wrong to butcher innocent men, women and children.

    These apologists for terrorism must be denounced and repudiated at every opportunity.

    ​ Orange County Register