When Our Children Become Terrorist Sympathizers
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When Our Children Become Terrorist Sympathizers

Do our college students understand that Hamas stands for the genocide of Israel and all Jews?

Michael A. Morris is the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Publisher Michael Morris
Publisher Michael Morris

What is happening to our children on college campuses? As opposed to learning have they gotten ignorant?

I am going to begin by saying that I feel for the Palestinian people in Gaza; however, I have zero remorse or tolerance for Hamas. I have as much empathy for members of Hamas as I do for Vladimir Putin, both of whom are killing thousands of innocent people because in their warped brains, they think it’s the right thing to do. I cannot even imagine what planet they live on. But our children on university campuses, what moral code are they exhibiting?

First, it astounds me that they would chant genocidal words about stopping what they perceive, or have been told, is genocide. The hypocrisy is beyond comprehension. Do college students really stand for the genocide of Israel – thousands of students are chanting it. Do our college students understand that Hamas stands for the genocide of Israel and all Jews, is that what they stand for? Do our college students recognize that in Gaza, Hamas demands the death penalty for anyone gay, lesbian or LGTBQ, is this who they want to support? Do our college students realize that under Hamas leadership, women are property, is this the world they want to live in? How can our college students think that supporting a terrorist organization that has been targeting and killing innocent civilians for two decades, wants to commit genocide on all Jews and LGTBQ individuals, and treats women as property is the appropriate thing to do?

Second, why are our college students not concerned about what Vladimir Putin is doing to Ukrainian civilians. Putin is directly targeting civilians (Israel is not). Putin is not providing any safe haven nor any relief (Israel is). Putin has killed 10 times as many civilians as Israel. Putin has kidnapped 10 times as many Ukrainians, mostly children. Are the perceived atrocities by Israel, which are 10 times less than what Putin is inflicting on Ukraine, totally irrelevant to their lives? Is directly targeting and killing 10 times as many civilians OK as long as you are not Israel? What about Boko Haram? Boko Haram has kidnapped 10,000 children this year alone in Nigeria and has been doing this for over a decade. Where is the moral outrage, where is the concern? Our college students either lack moral clarity or have become terrorist sympathizers.

Third, do our college students not see that the leaders of this movement are not other students but paid adult actors that have come to their campus to do one thing, incite them to violence with twisted lies about a situation that has been going on for two decades? Do they not see that these college riots are being sponsored by the terrorists and murderers they are being asked to support? How does all this just go unnoticed by our children?

What I can understand is that without research, our children might not know that Hamas stands behind Gazan civilians, Hamas uses their own people as shields and even kills them outright if they don’t do what is asked of them. Hamas hides its weapons and command centers in hospitals and schools. Hamas has stolen 90 percent of the aid it has received over the past 20 years so that it could stockpile weapons and build hundreds of miles of reinforced tunnels underground to support war and terror and pays its own fighters handsomely at the expense of the people they are supposed to protect.

Our students also may not realize that Israel does not target civilians, ever (unlike Putin, today and last night, as well as the Myanmar Junta, today and last night, as well as the ruling gangs in Haiti, again, today and last night). Israel is the only country (and possibly the only country in the history of war) that notifies its enemies prior to bombing so civilians can potentially leave. What does Hamas do, makes its civilians stay at gun point or kill them. I am wondering if our students recognize that civilian casualties occur in every war ever fought in human history.
There is a big HOWEVER to all this. Over the past six months, college students did not need to do research, all they needed to do was read or listen to the news to learn. Sad to think that reading the news is something our college students do not feel the need to do in today’s day and age.

It is my hope that these young and immature children do not really understand what they are saying and doing and that one day, when they have kids of their own, they will wake up and say, “Oh my goodness, what did I do?”

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