November 1, 2023


Antisemitic incidents in the United States rose by about 400% in slightly over two weeks since war broke out in the Middle East after Palestinian Islamist group Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, advocacy group Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said [last] Wednesday… The ADL Center on Extremism said preliminary data showed 312 reported U.S. antisemitic incidents from Oct. 7 to Oct. 23, including harassment, vandalism and assault.” Reuters

“A 21-year-old Cornell University junior was charged Tuesday for making online threats to Jewish students at the Ivy League school… In a post in an online discussion board, prosecutors said, the student allegedly threatened to ‘shoot up’ a campus building. In another post, he said he he would ‘stab’ or ‘slit the throat’ of Jewish men, and rape or throw off a cliff Jewish women he encounters on campus.” NBC News

Both sides condemn antisemitism and call for steps to protect Jewish communities:

“A Columbia professor called the Hamas massacre ‘awesome’ and a ‘stunning victory.’… A Chicago art professor posted a note reading, ‘Israelis are pigs. Savages. Very very bad people. Irredeemable excrement…. May they all rot in hell.’ A UC Davis professor tweeted, ‘Zionist journalists… have houses w addresses, kids in school,’ adding ‘they can fear their bosses, but they should fear us more.’ There are, sadly, countless other examples…

“There has been enough silence and enough tolerance of antisemitism on college campuses. I call on my fellow university administrators to speak out and denounce the celebrations of Hamas and the blatant antisemitism that is being voiced. Students have the right to say very offensive and even hateful things, but school administrators — deans, presidents and chancellors — have free speech rights too. They must exercise them and take a stand.”

Erwin Chemerinsky, Los Angeles Times

“‘Settlers are not civilians,’ declared a Yale professor, an effort at dehumanizing the victims of Palestinian terrorism that included infants… At Tulane University in New Orleans, video captured a Jewish freshman who was marching with an Israeli flag being assaulted by several Hamas supporters. His nose was broken in the attack…

“The antisemitic activities are not confined to college campuses… Massive pro-Hamas marches have taken place in all major cities. Protesters temporarily shut down the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal. Swastikas and other antisemitic graffiti has been found in areas with vibrant Jewish communities… State and local law enforcement need to work closely with the federal authorities to identify, arrest, and prosecute those who are threatening or engaging in violence.”

The Editors, National Review

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