“Once you divide humanity by race or creed or nation into two camps — the good and the evil — you have adopted the mentality of the despot.”
Rabbi David Wolpe is a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Divinity School. In December, he resigned from the school’s anti-Semitism committee, calling the left-wing ideology that has descended upon the school “evil.”
He continues to speak out about what’s happening.
He just wrote this for the Harvard Crimson:
On the Hatred of Jews
“An antisemite is someone who hated me before I was born,” Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz, said.
Antisemitism is a denial of humanity of the Jew. The reactions that occurred at Harvard in the wake of Oct. 7 considered Jews oppressors and, in some way, unworthy of human consideration.
In the calculus of an antisemite, Jews are both subhuman and superhuman – vermin who control the world. Common antisemitic rhetoric places Jews at the center of conspiracies, secretly controlling anything and everything: America, the banks, the Middle East, a vast colonialist enterprise, immigration, the Federal Reserve, NATO, and even Taylor Swift’s concert tour schedule.
People hate Jews because they are communists, capitalists, foreigners, residents, immigrants, elitists, have strange ways, are unassimilated, too assimilated, bankroll the left (like George Soros) or bankroll the right (like Sheldon Adelson). People hate Jews because they are weak and stateless, or because they are Zionists and defend Israel.
This hate is justified in a number of ways, and it is never just because someone is Jewish.
One ideology common at Harvard is the colonialist settler ideology. Colonialists are people who come from one place, take a land, and now have two.
But, Jews are far from being colonialists. Jews come from Israel…
Much of Harvard is captured by an ideology that centers oppression, but dividing all of the world into oppressor and oppressed is dangerous. Once you divide humanity by race or creed or nation into two camps — the good and the evil — you have adopted the mentality of the despot. This is bad for society, as well as for Jews.
Wolpe recently appeared on FOX News to discuss this issue and was asked to address the question of free speech:
“This has created a climate of intimidation,” Wolpe told Bill Hemmer. “When students can’t study, when they’re afraid, when they don’t want to go to their classroom, that’s not anymore a question of free speech, not at university. If you want to express yourself in a paper, or you want to say something publicly at a rally, nobody thinks that that’s illegitimate, but that isn’t what’s going on here.”
“What is going on here is that a certain group is being systematically targeted over and over and over again: supporters of Israel and particularly Jews,” he continued.
Watch the segment below:
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