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    Israel-Hamas war exposes ugliness here at home
    • October 20, 2023

    The brutal conflict between Israel and Hamas may be thousands of miles away from our shores, but it has unleashed considerable ugliness here at home.

    The most prominent and egregious problem has been the confusion among supporters of the Palestinians who in fact reveal deep-seated anti-Semitism and apparent sympathy for Hamas rather than their victims.

    Across the country, radical left-wing groups have revealed themselves as supporters of Hamas’ violent attacks on innocent people, including children. These include chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Black Lives Matter movement, which issued statements characterizing Hamas’ murder of innocent people as somehow righteous.

    Our universities have also been home to such filth.

    At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Professor Mika Tosca recently came to national attention for writing, “Israelis are pigs. Savages. Very very bad people. Irredeemable excrement. … May they all rot in hell.”

    Closer to home, Professor Jemma Decristo at the University of California, Davis, who threateningly posted: “one group of ppl we have easy access to in the US is all these zionist journalists who spread propaganda & misinformation they have houses w addresses, kids in school they can fear their bosses, but they should fear us more.”

    Decristo was a signatory of a letter, signed by hundreds of University of California students, alumni and professors blaming Israel for the actions of Hamas terrorists.

    “At this time, we refuse any calls for ‘peace’ which are just calls for the quiet submission of Palestinians to an early grave,” the bizarre letter reads.

    To be sure, ugliness doesn’t just come from those who side with Hamas.

    In Illinois, a 6-year-old Muslim boy was senselessly stabbed to death by the landlord of the home in which he lived.

    “Detectives were able to determine that both victims in this brutal attack were targeted by the suspect due to them being Muslim and the on-going Middle Eastern conflict involving Hamas and the Israelis,” the sheriff’s statement said, according to the Associated Press.

    It is sadly reminiscent of the sort of violence and Islamophobia seen in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    Elsewhere, a professor at Washington University was reportedly fired after celebrating the Israeli bombing of Gaza, saying it was, “a much needed cleansing, yes, but not an ethnic one. Israel is not targeting humans.”

    And on the policy front, we have seen the once-reputable Heritage Foundation indulge pure xenophobia by attacking any notion of resettling Palestinian refugees here in the United States by saying, “The Palestinian population has no interest in assimilating into American culture and governance or in expressing loyalty to America or our allies.”

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    To be clear, though, resettlement of Palestinians is not particularly common, typically less than 100 people per year over the last decade.

    But Heritage’s assertion is a slap in the face to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian-Americans who live here among us. Reducing whole groups of people to mere caricatures is wrong. For decades, America has successfully resettled people from all over the world and it should continue doing so.

    It is understandable that there is great disagreement over the broader conflict. But people need to keep their heads in check.

    All sensible people should oppose terrorism and terrorist actions. All sensible people should hope that as few innocent lives are lost are possible. And all sensible people should be able to recognize that not everything is black and white.

    ​ Orange County Register