National SJP's Intagram advertizement for today's National Student Walkout.
Today, Students for Justice in Palestine’s (“SJP’s”) “Student Week of Action” will culminate in a “National Student Walkout” expected to occur on at least 80 campuses across the U.S. These miscreants next will take their anger on the road to Washington, D.C. this weekend. Thus will end one of the most frightening weeks to be a Jewish college student in U.S. history.
Every day, I think it cannot get worse. And every day, I am proven wrong.
At noon today, brainwashed students, ignorant students, hateful students, extremist students, violent students, and blind lemmings masquerading as students, will eschew improving their minds by conducting a mass walkout from classes. Instead of attending their lectures, they will congregate to chant genocidal slogans while covering their faces to hide their identities like the cowards and bullies they are.
Although, in fairness, it does not seem as if much valuable learning is occuring on college campuses these days anyway, so they likely will not miss much.
Jewish students who have been forced to deal with threats, abuse, assaults, and sheer terror will once more face angry mobs today at noon in what should be calm, verdant campus spaces. Woe to the student who happens to pass by what promises to be a nationwide circus.
National SJP’s public Instagram advertisement for its “Student Week of Action” from Oct. 18-25, 2023.
Today, I received calls and emails from no less than three worried parents of college-aged, Jewish students who are rightfully terrified and looking for guidance on how to counter what has spun into an uncontrolled mob mentality with little to no institutional repercussions or proactive responses.
I heard about the plight of students at Clarmont McKenna, Pomona, and the other Claremont Colleges in the California consortium of idyllic, liberal arts schools. Students attempting to hang fliers containing the pictures of hostages being held by Hamas at this very moment were physically blocked and prevented from accessing common spaces. Their posters were torn down and they were physically impeded, as has occured across the planet this week.
An innocent passerby who happened to be Jewish and in the mood for a frozen yogurt was accosted for crime of being Jewish and hungry in the wrong place at the wrong time. The student was forced to duck into the campus bookstore and call campus security as angry SJP supporters followed him and demanded to know his intentions. He was physically assaulted by one student.
These scenes have played out at college after college in the past two weeks. The mothers who reached out to me – all intelligent, successful lawyers and concerned parents – wanted to know what recourse they have to help their children. They are women of action. They are petitioning administrators, boards of trustees, collecting alumni signatures on petitions, writing letters, calling deans – anything and everything to protect their beleaguered offspring. Who can blame them? The images are undeniably disturbing. Our children are rightfully afraid.
About the Author
Ellen Ginsberg Simon is an attorney and compliance professional. She has an M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University and is also a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.