On October 7, Hamas terrorists murdered more than 1400 Israeli citizens. They perpetrated atrocities on the bodies of men, women, and children. They took more than 200 hostages. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are preparing a ground assault to free them and deal, once and for all, with Hamas. It will be a hard, determined struggle by IDF to root Hamas out of their strongholds. The localized conflict between Israel and Hamas has the earmarks of a wider war.
In the October 24th issue of the Jewish News Syndicate, Juliana Pilon, Senior Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), asks, “Where Is the Moral Compass of the Campus?” The responses of “higher education” in the United States to these acts of barbarism have proved disheartening to say the least. Sectors of many campuses have rejoiced at the news of Israel’s plight and, indeed, the undergraduates, faculty, and administrators have carried out demonstrations in support of Hamas. Campus “safe spaces” for Jewish students seem to be in short supply. “Our best and brightest” among the students have largely abdicated what was once their mission, the “preservation, nurturing and advancement of Western civilization.”
Dr. Pilon singles out Claudine Gay, the President of Harvard, for special criticism. Her belated written and rewritten responses to the terrorism leave much to be desired. When the world’s most prestigious university had a chance to inject moral clarity in the room, the president of Harvard flunked the test.
More than 30 Harvard Palestine Solidarity Groups on the Situation in Palestine damned Israel and made it “entirely responsible for all unfolding violence” in Gaza. “Her letter,” observed Dr. Pilon, “contained no reference to HPSGSP’s anti-Israel, pro-terrorist letter.”
For more than thirty years the academy has had its hallmark the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Those involved in AHI have looked upon it as a great swindle. A moment of moral clarity has arisen in the Middle East. Will we have the wit to realize it before it is too late?