On October 7, Hamas unleashed a barbaric terrorist attack against Israel, killing more than 1,200 people, including more than 30 Americans. The event was unprecedented in its scale and cruelty in a country that is no stranger to terrorism. Still, it was not met with universal condemnation. Rather, a non-trivial number of Americans either justified or even celebrated the attacks.
Equivocation or celebration of Hamas’ attack was not limited to fringe, tiki-torch wielding white nationalists. In fact, it was especially prevalent within the elite universities that popular imagination historically upholds as a bulwark against religious and ethnic bigotry, and it mostly occurred with impunity. The radicalism observed on college campuses and in other elite spaces and institutions has or at least ought to invite soul-searching and fresh deliberation about where and why Jew-hatred is cultivated and sheltered.
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