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College Pro-Israel Display Vandalized as Antisemitism Grows

The University of Delaware recently became a microcosm of the larger, unsettling trend that’s been festering within the hallowed halls of academia: the unchecked growth of Antisemitism disguised as political discourse. About 900 Israeli flags, each symbolizing the nation’s enduring struggle and resilience, were disgracefully uprooted and discarded into trash bins, not once but thrice in a span of 24 hours. This vile act wasn’t just an affront to the Israeli community but a glaring testament to the spiraling decay of moral integrity on college campuses.

College campuses are meant to be bastions of diverse ideas and sanctuaries for free expression. Now, they are the stage for disdainful displays of hatred. What’s more alarming is the audacity of these vandals, emboldened by a climate that increasingly tolerates, if not outright encourages, Antisemitic sentiments under the guise of political activism. It’s a sad day when students have to guard a display of their national flags, not from the natural elements, but from their own peers.

The incidents at the University of Delaware are not isolated. They mirror a troubling rise in Antisemitic acts across campuses nationwide, where Jewish students find themselves the target of hostility for merely expressing their identity or standing with Israel. This isn’t just about a series of flags being desecrated; it’s about the very essence of what our academic institutions stand for being challenged.

It’s time for universities to step up and reaffirm their dedication not only to academic freedom but to the safety and dignity of all students. This means going beyond tepid email assurances to implementing policies that tackle the root causes of such hatred, educating the student body on the value of genuine discourse, and creating a campus environment where respect for all, regardless of race or creed, is non-negotiable.

As we witness the unfolding of events like those at the University of Delaware, we must ask ourselves: Will we stand by and watch as our universities become breeding grounds for bigotry, or will we demand action to preserve the integrity and inclusivity of our academic institutions? The choice we make will define the legacy of American higher education for generations to come.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.