There has been a major surge in antisemitic incidents across the U.S.— antisemitic incidents in the U.S. rose 36% in 2022, according to an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) audit. The report tracked over 3,500 incidents of harassment, vandalism and assault targeting Jewish people and communities last year. The tally has been the highest number ever recorded in decades.
And then there is October 7th when the world witnessed Jews in Israel being murdered simply because they were Jewish.
Hamas murdered close to 1,300 people — they bound families together, poured accelerant over them, set them on fire, and burned them alive. Forensic teams are still working on identifying the remains of victims and have had to bring in forensic archaeologists to help try to extract DNA from piles of ashes, in some cases all that remains of whole families. Hamas killed children in front of parents, and killed parents in front of children. They allegedly put an infant in an oven and incinerated the baby. They beheaded people and cut off their arms and legs. They cut open a pregnant woman, stomped on her head, and pulled out the fetus by the umbilical cord, and beheaded it—one of the many 40 babies that were beheaded. They paraglided into a music festival and opened fire, killing hundreds of young people. They gang-raped young women and broke their pelvic bones and legs. They paraded dead people through streets that they took back with them to Gaza, along with 240 hostages. Not only did Hamas record footage of their barbaric acts using their body cams, they also used their victims’ cell phones and then sent those recordings to people on the victims’ contact list. The list of Hamas’s barbaric acts continues to grow as more accounts of torture are now being shared by freed hostages. With kidnapped children, the terrorists branded them by burning their legs against the motorcycle exhaust pipes to make it easier to identify them in case they escaped.
Since October 7th , people are now chanting at pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel rallies, ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘From the River to the Sea’, calling for genocide—the extermination of Israel and Jews everywhere. And by the way, they do not mean peaceful democratic resistance. They mean violence. The core reason is pure, unadulterated antisemitism.
One of antisemitism’s sources is Islam, which in its mainstream version across the Middle East has for centuries maintained that Jews are not just of lower caste and impure, but are literally the offspring of apes and pigs, i.e., sub-humans. In addition, Muslim countries have been sending money in the millions to colleges and universities and to Muslim student body groups on campus. According to The National Contagion Research Institute, over two hundred colleges and universities illegally withheld reporting on approximately $13 billion received from foreign governments which further contributed to an increase in antisemitism. The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism & Policy (ISGAP) reported this month how Qatar has funneled money to the tune of $5 billion dollars and growing to U.S. Universities. The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are linked to Qatar, thereby also increasing antisemitism and anti-democratic views/activity. Further investigation is pending. Most recently, our House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 5933, the DETERRENT ACT that closes loopholes, provides greater transparency for foreign funding in education, and imposes consequences on failures to report that include fines and the
loss of Title IV funding.
The other source of antisemitism is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This racist and antisemitic curriculum is based on the proposition that people are defined by their identity groups (race, gender, etc.); that these groups consist of either oppressors or oppressed; and that the oppressed have every right to fight back against oppressor groups by any means necessary. Whites are the privileged oppressors, while people of color are victims, oppressed. That’s the true definition of Diversity that
they don’t bother to tell you. It’s not just multiculturalism. And as part of that paradigm, Jews are white, privileged oppressors, while Palestinians are considered people of color.
DEI was instituted on college campuses over the last several decades and as a result antisemitism is now in the mainstream everywhere. Within the last several years, DEI has been introduced into K-12. DEI’s support of antisemitism is most glaring in its Ethnic Studies curriculum, which includes assignments to inspire students to become activists like those of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. And like Hamas, BLM has been antisemitic from its inception as they clearly state that in their charter. They declared that the Hamas terror campaign, “must not be condemned, but understood as a desperate act of self-defense.” Most recently, BLM has publicly come out supporting the Hamas terrorists declaring “I stand with Palestine” in a graphic that lionizes Hamas paraglider terrorists who killed innocent young Israelis. It is quite simple. Terrorists stand with terrorists. Is this really the role model you want to pose for your children? Is this what you want them to aspire to?
You might think “Oh, but we teach the Holocaust and have ADL’s ‘No Hate’ program in our school. And we call ADL whenever there is a problem.” But ADL now uses all the DEI vocabulary in their description and when their CEO was installed, he attempted to take the word ‘antisemitism’ out of their mission statement. Antisemitism has been increasing because ADL has become part of the problem instead of the solution. It’s evolved from a program protecting Jews to a universalistic program about hate within a partisan/progressive/political organization.
Leaders should be condemning the appalling acts of murder and the taking of hostages and taking a strong stand against terrorism for which there is no justification or moral equivalency. Instead, elected officials, professors, and celebrities are now instrumental in normalizing longstanding antisemitic tropes. Most recently, the college presidents of MIT, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania testified before Congress, giving hesitant, evasive, and formulaic answers that boiled down to their defending on free speech grounds, campus protesters who called for the genocide of Jews. Yet, for years, those same college leaders have effectively trampled on the speech rights of professors and students who utter far less extreme opinions deemed offensive by the several “oppressed groups” on campus. Those college presidents get an ‘F’ for moral clarity and for failing to protect Jewish students.
Let’s not wait until antisemitic speech leads to genocide. The answer is to remove DEI from our educational systems, as we need to stop its mainstreaming of antisemitism. Get it out of our schools. And most importantly, speak out against it, as silence only allows it to grow.
DEI’s Simplicity Completely Ignores
History and Facts:
Myth: Jews are white.
Fact: Jews come in all colors. From India and Morocco to Brazil and the Philippines, Jewish communities exist all over the world. Ethiopian Jews began immigrating to Israel in large numbers in the late 1970’s.
Myth: Jews are oppressors.
Fact: Jews were slaves in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. This story is retold every year during the Passover Seder. Since then, the Jewish people have had a long history of expulsions, pogroms, massacres, being scapegoated for tragedies and disasters including blood libel, and persecutions. From the Babylonians and Romans, to the Christian Church in European countries and the crusades, to the Spanish Inquisition, as Dhimmis under Islamic rule, to the Ottomans and Nazi Germany and Czarist Russia and the Soviet Union, Jews have been subjected to violent oppression. Despite their suffering since the time of the Bible, Jews have refused to identify as victims, which has led to their national resilience.
Myth: Jews are occupiers ‘from the river to the sea.’
Fact: Jews have a long heritage with and strong ties to the land of Israel. It is the place from which they originated. The Israelites were led out of Egypt by Moses to the Promised Land of Israel, a promise documented in the Bible beginning with Abraham in Genesis 12:7. “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates – the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites." The Bible makes 170 references to God giving the land of Israel to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as part of an everlasting, unconditional covenant. As a result, Jews recite prayers and celebrate holidays tied to this land.
Jerusalem is mentioned 669 times in the Bible and the phrase “Next Year in Jerusalem” is recited today on Passover and Yom Kippur. Historians and archeologists have documented evidence with Hebrew inscriptions on thousand years old artifacts. In contrast, Jerusalem is never once mentioned in the Qur’an, stating clearly that the Holy Land belongs to the Jewish nation of Moses, while Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the holiest city for Muslims. The only sovereign state that has ever existed in the land of Israel is the Jewish state. As of the end of 2022, the modern state of Israel primarily includes Jews (73.5%) and Arabs (21%) and a minority of Christians and Druze.
Lastly, the international community and the State of Israel have presented a total of 20 major peace offers, proposals, gestures and opportunities to the Arabs/Muslims going back as far as 1919 and most recently in 2020, to create an independent state, but all have been repeatedly rejected. They refuse to accept the right of the State of Israel to exist as the one sovereign nation-state and home of the Jewish people, despite the existence of 22 Arab states and a total of 50 Muslim-majority countries in the world. When the West Bank was under Jordanian control from 1948 to 1967, the Palestinian Authority did not claim the land. Only after Israel won it as a result of the 1967 War (a war launched by Arab countries seeking to annihilate Israel) did the West Bank miraculously become ‘disputed’ land. Israel gave the Sinai Peninsula, won during the Arab-Israel War in 1967, back to Egypt in exchange for peace in 1979. Israel removed Jewish communities living in Gaza, completely withdrawing from the entire Gaza Strip in 2005. Hamas controlled Gaza once elected in 2007 and they have been in power there since.
Myth: Jews are privileged.
Fact: Like other immigrant minorities, Jews are often hardworking and entrepreneurial and have achieved based on merit. In the Middle Ages, as a result of restrictions and prohibitions, Jews were barred from owning land and were excluded by guilds from working in certain crafts. As a result, they eventually became involved in trade and moneylending. Beginning in the nineteenth century, the European nations established in constitutions the principle of equality under the law and dropped all restrictions on residence or occupational activities for Jews.
Subsequently, hundreds of laws, decrees, guidelines, and regulations increasingly restricted the civil and human rights of Jews in Germany from 1933-39. In 1933, boycotts of Jewish doctors, lawyers and all Jewish owned businesses began and they were dismissed from holding government jobs in the arts and cultural spheres. In 1935, Jews were deprived of German citizenship and were not allowed to join the civil service or the army. As time progressed, more restrictions were brought in. By 1938, Jewish shops were closed and Jews could no longer attend plays and concerts, own phones or have drivers’ licenses and car registrations.
Even in highly civilized and cultured western societies, Jews were often kept out of professions. In many countries from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, Jews were subject to quotas and were excluded from admission to attend certain colleges, medical schools, law firms and country clubs. As a result, they often started their own institutions.