Anti-Semitism hearings held at American universities this week shocked the nation. Leaders of several elite universities refused to say that calling for a genocide against Jews violates codes of conduct on campus.
They talked about “context” and hid behind the First Amendment. The Constitution is ignored when banning conservative speakers and “microaggressions.”
What we learned is that some elite university administrators are morally cowardly. But to understand the roots of anti-Semitism on campus, we need to dig deeper.
That was the work of Dr. Pamela Nadel, an anti-Semitism scholar at American University who appeared on a Congressional committee along with the presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, she failed because she had the wrong understanding of the problem.
Nader said anti-Semitism is an American “tradition.” In fact, the opposite is true. Although the United States has experienced anti-Semitism, it has historically been the least anti-Semitic country on earth, other than Israel. Our “tradition” is to accept Jews.
In 1790, President George Washington I have written Addressing the Jewish community in Newport, Rhode Island, he pledged that in the United States, “all persons have the same freedom of conscience and the immunity of citizenship.” Jews would become full and equal citizens, but not simply tolerated as if their natural rights depended on the “tolerance” of others. And he promised that Jews would never have to fear persecution like other nations. “Everyone will sit safely under his vine and fig tree, and no one will make him afraid.”
The letter reflected a deep admiration for the Jewish people and for the Biblical story of Israel, which had existed in this country since the arrival of the first pilgrims.
that It is our true American tradition, not the hatred that has covered it.
Washington's letter reflects how the Founders understood religious freedom under the First Amendment, which was then still new on paper. And the first president also made specific promises to Jews that they would always feel safe and free in America.
Jewish students who spoke at the Capitol said they did not feel safe in Philadelphia, just steps away from where the Constitution was written.
University presidents cited the First Amendment but ignored its basic foundations. They forgot Washington's letter.
That's why anti-Semitism exists on campus. Our universities have abandoned fundamental principles. Rather than inheriting the values and wisdom of our civilization, they are committed to social change and have become revolutionary in their outlook.
The corruption at Harvard did not begin on October 7th. It started long ago, long before I began teaching students about Harvard's “legacy of slavery” rather than its true legacy as the cradle of abolition. Living for the cause of the Union and liberty.
So many Harvard students volunteered to fight in the Civil War that they had their own regiments. 20th Massachusetts Infantrywhose flag is hoisted at the memorial.
Students walk by the flag every day, but few know what it is. Nor will they encounter the writings of their founders and the philosophers who inspired them.
When I was an undergrad at Harvard University, I was assigned to read John Locke only once. I covered Karl Marx several times. This included On the Jewish Question, a crudely anti-Semitic document.
Students are taught to hate capitalism, hate success, and hate America, which makes them hate Jews.
They are taught that the American prosperity that surrounds them is not the product of innovation, hard work, and freedom, but of unjust privilege and exploitation.
Through that lens, Israel's successes are viewed with suspicion rather than celebrated. It is easily described as the latest manifestation of imperialism or “systemic racism” rather than the best example of an oppressed people liberating themselves.
Jews feel powerless to challenge the lies that surround them as they are marginalized in the new hierarchy of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI).
Jews come in all skin colors, and while the majority of Israeli Jews are not of European origin, American Jews are considered “white.” Therefore, even if they are victims of violent hatred, their voices are heard compared to those who target them – people whose motives must be carefully considered and treated with empathy. It has no weight.
Indeed, children of immigrants from Islamic countries are arriving on campus, many with views about Jews and Israel that reflect the closed societies in which their families come from. Universities should challenge these views, but generally do not, and instead treat them with respect.
This is only a partial result of donations flowing into universities from Qatar and other repressive regimes. It is also a self-imposed conformity that fits the pursuit of “social justice” rather than “truth.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) has received well-deserved praise for slamming university presidents during public hearings. But Rep. Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) came closest to identifying the problem. Asked How many conservatives teach at these universities?
All three said they did not know, and Harvard University President Claudine Gay claimed she did not know. study inside harvard crimson It found that only 1% of professors were conservative.
Such ideological conformity breeds intolerance, as Wilson said, “It is due to illiberalism.”
Reversing the illiberalism of our major academic institutions will not be easy and may not be possible. A virus has taken over the host.
Eliminating the conditions that led to the outbreak of anti-Semitism will require more than establishing a commission or removing the president from office. That means scrapping entire bureaucracies and academic departments. That means abandoning most of the curriculum and starting over.
Most universities will resist that change. They will find it much easier to extend their oppressive speech codes.
So Congress needs to keep up the pressure, not just in one hearing, and not just when Republicans run committees (which may not last long). Taxpayers subsidize these institutions.
It's time for our universities to stop hating the countries that fund them.
Joel B. Pollack is a senior editor at Breitbart News. Breitbart News Sunday Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT) on Sirius XM Patriot. He is the author of a new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Cadderly, you are abnormal.”. He is also the author of a recently published e-book. Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter @joelpolak.