Gabriel Mayer

Anti Zionist US Campus movements

So, I woke up this morning and among the headlines, I see that the University of Michigan pro-Palestinian students are railing against Vice President Kamala Harris. Close to that is the headline story of settlers attacking Palestinians without any police interference.

Well? This makes for a remarkably logical story. Makes sense to me.

I am an Oleh and am now an Israeli. Such headlines scare me greatly.

We see these similar expressions on a daily basis and it reeks of Stone Age mentality. Yet it also raises alarm on another level.

The rest of thee world is watching; most important, the Diaspora is watching, and with great alarm. Last night I was on Zoom for our extended family’s monthly meeting. Everyone wanted to know what is happening to Israel, how do I feel about it, and how bad does the future look.

Look, Rome is burning and we know who set the fire.

On a daily basis we are descending into a self-made hell. Our very existence is threatened, especially when judicial review is under attack. What if we loose the backing of the Jewish Diaspora?

What if no longer receive financial aid, nor airplanes from the USA?

The gathering clouds portend a great storm.

We are watching the inmates overtake the asylum.

Is anyone surprised about the fact that the US college campuses have become hotbeds of anti Zionism? Does anybody wonder about the tremendous rise of antisemitism? It’s all self made; but, not made by me.

Back to the U.S. campus students, their usually pro-Palestinian and ant-Zionist protestations are rooted in a time-tested ethos, half a century old. These go back to the days when Yasser Arafat received his training in Moscow and was taught by the KGB to stop whining about land loss and, instead, focus on human rights. Human rights, what self-respecting and self-righteous student could avoid embroilment? Israel’s answer is installing convicted felons as cabinet members. Their supporters draw from a population of Ultra Orthodox groups who recently rioted in Jerusalem against the sale of cell phones that have Internet access.

In the meantime, we are forced to watch as the highest echelons of Ultra Orthodox rabbinical leaders spew their vicious, hate-filled attacks on Reform Jews and Reform Judaism. This is in the face of the fact that Reform and Conservative Judaic movements represent the vast majority of the US Jewish population.

So, ask, are those campus rascals really unwise and radical, or are they following rational motives underlying the protestations?

About the Author
Born in Cluj, Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, he and the family fled Communism at age 10 and lived as refugees in Italy for about a year. Arrived to USA at age 11 A graduate of Boston University Medical School, Dr. Mayer was the lead investigator and first author for a series of published research that introduced to the world peripheral thrombolytic therapy for myocardial infarction, a first-ever event. These procedures are commonplace today and have saved millions of lives. After years of work in the USA as a clinician, researcher, and professor he moved to Israel where he earned two back-to-back MA degrees from the University of Haifa: Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. He continues to research and publish in the fields of identity and peoplehood as related to sociopolitical events with a concentration in museal studies and performative aspects of academic learning, i.e. experiential learning. His expertise in museal studies and Holocaust historiography resulted in him being named Head Historian at Martef Hashoah Museum in Jerusalem [2015-2018] In February 2018, according to, he was ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide As a way of introducing the whole picture, some other facts need mention. During 1989, Dr. Mayer returned to his native birthplace [Cluj, Romania] and was a prominent figure in the 1989 Romanian Revolution. He was for two decades an accomplished triathlete, competing at elite international levels. He competed in three World Triathlon Championships and completed multiple Ironman Triathlons in places ranging from China to New Zealand and Canada to Europe; in addition, a mention needs to be made of the 44 marathons he completed