CNN host The administration of American schools and universities, led by Jewish Bianna Golodryga, has now come under fire for remaining mute in the face of extreme anti-Semitism on campus.
“Bianna, what we’ve seen, particularly on college campuses, over the course of the last several weeks, I don’t know if there’s much precedent for it in recent history,” CNN host Phil Mattingly stated during a recent segment.
“I don’t remember seeing anything like this; we surely didn’t when we were on college campus. “I mean, shame on these university heads and leadership at these schools from all over the country because we’re seeing these images —”” Golodryga said.
“Why, though? Why are leaders, school presidents, school boards at these large universities afraid to speak unequivocally about things like this?” Mattingly asked in response.
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“I don’t know. There are plenty of other issues they’ve felt they could address head-on, and yet when it comes to the issue of anti-Semitism, there’s always this veiled, ‘Well, it’s complicated; it’s Israel; it’s Zionism.’” Golodryga said in response.
“No. It is unadulterated anti-Semitism, and when you’re speaking out about Hamas murdering, not just Israelis; they murdered Jews. You have to just say that outright. That is an issue that’s affecting Jews around the world and now has created a scenario — and we’ve talked about it on this show and God bless the United States of America, and I am so happy to live in the U.S. as a Jew — but to have conversations with family members, with friends, with loved ones, ‘What are you doing? Are you taking your mezuzah down? What are you talking to your college students about?’” she continued.
“It is unacceptable. Are we kidding ourselves? In 2023, there’s no other issue, whether they’re social justice movements, anything else that we’ve looked forward as progressive citizens of the world that we haven’t addressed head-on, and yet this is the one issue we keep coming back to that we have to be sort of equivocal about here. There’s nothing to hold us back from standing up for the rights of Jews, the rights of Muslims, the rights of all minorities, and say in this environment, in this day and age, it is unacceptable to be saying ‘Death to Jews. Death to Israelis. Death to Zionism,’ whatever it is.” she concluded.