Andy Blumenthal
Leadership With Heart

Free Free Free…Ukraine!

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On college campuses across America, why do we hear “free Palestine” but not “free Ukraine” when the Ukrainian issue is so much larger and more deadly?

Russia’s Occupation of Ukraine

Russia is the largest country in the world; Israel is one of the smallest.

Russia is totalitarian and aligned with troublesome countries such as China, Iran, and North Korea; Israel is a democracy and one of the closest allies of the USA. 

Russia threatens all of NATO with imperialistic expansionist goals and has the potential for escalation to WW3; Israel is fighting for its very existence.

Protesters Are Silent When It Comes to Ukraine.

Isn’t it strange that the students on American campuses don’t say a word about the injustices to the people of Ukraine?

From our experience with the protests, you’d expect to hear:

Free, Free, Free Ukraine.

From the Polish border to the Black Sea.

End the occupation of Ukraine!

Communism is apartheid!

Russia controls the world!

Divest from Russia!

Stop the genocide!

Ceasefire now!

But incredibly, we don’t hear a word or even a peep about any of this from any of the protesters (students or faculty).


  • There are no Zionists to blame for the Russian aggression.
  • There are no Jews to hate in the Russian occupation.
  • There is no Israel to destroy in Russia’s overrunning of Ukraine.

Protests Have Nothing to Do with Social Justice.

So what’s clear is that the protests have nothing to do with social justice and everything to do with hatred of Jews.

  • Shh! Don’t tell anyone that the Jews have been indigenous to Israel since Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for over 3,800 years (over 2,300 years before Muhammad was born).
  • Shh! Don’t tell anyone that the Palestinians have rejected peace and coexistence since the early 1900s. 
  • Shh! Don’t tell anyone that Israel is only defending itself after the latest barbaric Hamas terror attack of October 7.
  • Shh! Don’t tell anyone about any of the real atrocities going on around the world when instead you can scapegoat and seek the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

For the Hamas terrorist protesters on American campuses, Ukraine isn’t even a blip on the political radar, nor do they seem to care less—same with Chinese threats to invade Taiwan, the genocide of the Uyghurs, ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, oppression of women in Iran and Afghanistan, raging civil war and humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Sudan, and more than 50 million victims of modern-day slavery (including human trafficking), and so many more who are oppressed—and now you understand why they focus exclusively on “the Zionists.”

About the Author
Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader who writes frequently about Jewish life, culture, and security. All opinions are his own.
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