Israeli-born restaurant owner in Philadelphia was recently harassed
by a large group of pro-Palestinian protesters who gathered outside his store,
an Israeli-style falafel shop called Goldie, that he co-owns with chef Michael
Solomonov. Hundreds of protesters took to the City of Brotherly Love’s streets
calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. Some of the demonstrators broke off from the
rest and stormed Goldie, shouting slogans and vandalizing the building, according
Not to be outdone, a group of Pro-Palestinian students from The
New School in New York City recently blocked the entrance
to one of the college’s main buildings as they protested the school’s interim
president for “condoning genocide” by not calling for the destruction of
Israel. Approximately 40 students blocked the entrance to The New School
University Center-- which contains classrooms, studios, a library, and a dining
hall-- for two hours while waving Palestinian flags and donning keffiyeh
Meanwhile, back on Capitol Hill, a hearing on growing campus
anti-Semitism was held, during which Rep.
Elise Stefanik (NY-R) repeatedly asked the presidents of Harvard University,
the University of Pennsylvania, and MIT whether “calling for the genocide of
Jews” violates each university’s rules or code of conduct. One might think that a remarkably easy query to
answer, but none of the presidents simply answered
“yes.” In fact, all three stated that the answer to that poser lies in the “context”
surrounding the call for genocide.
Because, you know, there is good genocide and bad genocide,
apparently. Two of them suggested that the speech must turn “into conduct” in
order to violate their school’s rules.
Incredibly, MIT President Sally Kornbluth, seemingly
not grasping the concept of “genocide,” said it would if the comments were
“targeted at individuals.” Okey-dokey, then. Kornbluth also noted that calls
for “intifada” could be “antisemitic depending on the context, when
calling for the elimination of the Jewish people.” Yes, if calling for the elimination
of the Jewish people isn’t considered anti-Semitic, one could scarcely
conger up what would be. For “context,” it may be helpful to note that Ms.
Kornbluth’s school currently teaches faculty and staff that using a
gender-dysphoric person’s actual name instead of their new chosen name is a
At one point, Rep. Stefanik said to
the higher education heads, “I am asking, specifically calling for the genocide
of Jews, does that constitute bullying or harassment.” To which University of
Pennsylvania president Liz McGill replied, “If it is directed and severe or
pervasive, it is harassment.” This prompted Stefanik to follow up by saying,
“So, the answer is yes?”
McGill answered: “It is a
context-dependent decision, Congresswoman.”
So, these Ivy
League presidents say that if you actually start trying to exterminate Jews-- severely
and pervasively exterminate them-- they would consider that
“bullying” or “harassment.” But just “calling” for them to be “eliminated”-- on
an occasional basis-- is not. And “hate speech?” Pshaw! Well, that clears it
up. I feel much better now!
Try to picture
openly speaking of the “genocide,” “elimination,” or “extermination” of any
other group of people. Blacks? Gays and lesbians? Transgenders? Mind-blowing.
you look back on something horrific like, say, the Holocaust, and think to
yourself: how could this have happened? Some refuse even to believe that it
you look around today and see things like this…and are immediately both sadder
think to yourself: 1938? Again?!