Zachary Marschall, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform and author of a series that reveals how radical ideas originating in academia impact Americans' daily lives, says the antisemitism now displayed on college campuses has been festering in lecture halls, in student clubs, and in professors' papers for the last two generations.
"This is the culmination and the result of 40 years of unchecked antisemitic teaching and activism in higher education," he submits.
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Fellowship in Southern California recently told American Family Radio the current protests may seem trendy and progressive to woke, antisemitic students, but it is a battle that has raged for millennia.
"Antisemitism is nothing new," he stated. "You can trace it back to the earliest stories of the Bible. Start with the book of Exodus."
At institutions of higher learning, Marschall points out that parents' tuition dollars are funding the indoctrination, but no one is holding universities accountable for how they hire and promote faculty and how they regulate student organizations.
As an example, he details an announcement about a Students United Against Apartheid rally at Cal State University, Long Beach – in support of the terrorist attacks – which featured an image depicting demonstrators alongside a paraglider, paying homage to Hamas' aerial attack on Israeli festival-goers.
"We've seen people at UCLA call for intifada," Marschall continues. "We have seen bedsheets sprayed with anti-Jewish messaging at Stanford University, a Jewish student's door was burned at Drexel University, and then an Israeli student at Columbia University was physically attacked. So, this is heavy on every campus – large, small, public, or Ivy League."
At the University of Washington (UW), one Jewish student was videoed asking a professor at a pro-Palestine rally on campus, "How are you allowing this?"
"They want our people dead," she cried. "They want us killed."
Laurie thinks she is right: Hamas does not want peace, or even their own country.
"I don't think they want a two-state solution. They want a final solution," the pastor asserts. "How do you negotiate with an enemy that wants to wipe you off the face of the earth and says you don't even have a right to exist?"
Marschall says the "moral rot in higher education is so deep and so pervasive" that administrators should not be expected to fix it themselves. Change, he says, will only come from the outside.
"We have seen milquetoast and pathetic statements come out of every major university, but we are seeing people putting pressure on universities," he notes.
Billionaire and millionaire megadonors are trying to rally other alumni against giving any more money to their alma maters as long as they refuse to stand up for Jewish students. Marschall says that is one area on which Israel's supporters can focus. Meanwhile, parents and students can avoid colleges that do not reflect their values.
While many colleges and universities have hosted pro-Palestine rallies, some have also had pro-Israel rallies. But in the end, Laurie says it does not come down to who can yell the loudest or carry the most protest signs. It is about right and wrong, and in this case, there is no question about who is wrong.
"Israel was attacked," he told AFR. "They were attacked, and their people were slaughtered on a level that has not happened since the Holocaust."
On Monday, as Hezbollah terrorists signaled a threat to the north, Israel announced that more hostages than previously estimated – 199 – were being held in Gaza.