Since the October 7th Hamas attacks on Israel, there is mounting evidence to suggest that anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, exposing a deep division among Democrats. Student organizations at universities are showing favor to Hamas terrorism, graffiti calling for the death of Jews has defaced stores and food trucks in New York, 11-year-old Jewish students are being verbally attacked by fellow classmates in California, and the political party that claims to be the face of diversity, acceptance, and tolerance, is retreating from their typical posture on opposing discrimination.
Governor Ron DeSantis has recently taken action and ordered Florida universities to dismantle various student chapters that align with support for Hamas terrorism. Upon dismantling these groups, liberal critics have argued this is a violation of free speech and the first amendment. Governor DeSantis responded by saying, “You have a right to go out and demonstrate, but you can’t provide material support to terrorism. They’ve linked themselves to Hamas … it’s not a first amendment issue. That’s a material support to terrorism issue.” § 775.33(3), Fla. Stat. (2019)
In California, responses to attacks on Jewish students have not been as favorable. Jewish students at Manhattan Beach Middle School were reportedly told “all Israelis and Jews should be killed.” Upon investigation, administrators concluded that this was not hate speech and had the students sign a gag order. The school is not releasing the findings of its own investigation and is hiding behind the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Hiding behind federal laws prevents anyone in the school system from being held accountable, and this misuse of FERPA to avoid accountability could contribute to further instances of attacks, harassment, and abuse.
When asked about President Biden's level of concern regarding the potential rise in antisemitism, White House Press Secretary, Jean-Pierre, responded by saying the White House has not seen any credible threats, but noted that Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have "endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks." After receiving criticism for her answer, Jean-Pierre backtracked and said that President Biden and his team "are very concerned about a rise in antisemitism, especially after the horrific Hamas terrorist attack in Israel."
Fifteen House Democrats refuse to vote in favor of a resoundingly bipartisan resolution expressing support for Israel and denouncing Hamas, and “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib continues to push false narratives that Israel was behind an explosion at a Gaza hospital, despite being debunked by Israeli and U.S. intelligence.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant decline in Democratic support for Israelis, particularly among younger voters. Sadly, this shift has rendered many unable to denounce the horrifying attacks carried out by Hamas.
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