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Michael J. Salamon

Sharia on Campus?

The protests currently disrupting university campuses requiring police to contain and remove protestors represent a departure from historical student movements. While student activism has always been a part of university life, the recent demonstrations bear little resemblance to the typical protests like the Occupy Wall Street movement, environmental initiatives, or even the iconic 1968 Columbia University protests. Instead, these protests appear to have been co-opted by advocates with ties to global jihadist ideologies.

Recent events in New York have raised significant concerns, with NYPD reports indicating that many present at the Columbia protests were not students but external provocateurs. Notably, a 63-year-old, dubbed “Professor Occupy,” was allegedly spotted orchestrating a break-in at Hamilton Hall. Identified as Lisa Fithian, a seasoned activist for hire known to instruct demonstrators on rebellion tactics, her involvement points to a more orchestrated effort than spontaneous student dissent. Fithian is not an isolated case; other mature figures, their identities obscured by keffiyehs, have been seen directing operations that can be perceived as assaults not just on the Jewish state, but on Jewish individuals on campus and even in America. And to add to the mix investigations have begun to show a link between some protestors and organizations that support Hamas.

A disturbing observation is that while typical that many participating students on various campuses seem to be protesting for the sake of protest, a concerning number admitting to a lack of understanding about the causes they support. This points to a broader failure on the part of educational institutions and their faculty to properly inform, educate, and guide the leaders of tomorrow. This is particularly troubling when these students unwittingly become the face of movements that, in the current instances, advocate for Sharia law and fails to recognize the tactics of groups like Hamas. It’s important to note that Hamas has long been accused of using civilian areas in Gaza for military purposes, effectively sacrificing their own population in a bid to gain international sympathy. Similarly, Hamas is using naivete of the students to pursue their evil goals.

The implications of this trend extend beyond university campuses and have the potential to challenge the fabric of global democracy itself. With Iran and its allies, Hamas, and Hezbollah, gaining a foothold in academic institutions, potentially with the tacit support of major powers like Russia, China, and North Korea, the threat becomes more palpable. The real battle is not just for public opinion on campuses but for the soul of democratic values against an emerging axis that threatens not only Jews but all who stand opposed to radical interpretations of Islam.

This phenomenon must serve as a clarion call to educators, policymakers, and society at large. We must confront and question the infiltration of extremist ideologies into our academic spaces, ensuring that the next generation is equipped with the critical thinking and knowledge necessary to discern and reject death cult manipulations disguised as activism. The stakes are high, and the potential repercussions are not limited to any single group or nation but could have profound impacts on the very concept of freedom and democracy around the world.

About the Author
Dr. Michael Salamon ,a fellow of the American Psychological Association, is an APA Presidential Citation Awardee for his 'transformative work in raising awareness of the prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse". He is the founder and director of ADC Psychological Services in New York and Netanya, the author of numerous articles, several psychological tests and books including "The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures" (Urim Publications), "Every Pot Has a Cover" (University Press of America) and "Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims."
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