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Dr. Phil, ‘Green Prince’ take on anti-Israel college activists in Michigan

Dr. Phil McGraw blasts two students at U of M for their inability to condemn the horrors committed by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7.

Two University of Michigan students who oppose Israel and its military actions in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7 debate Dr. Phil McGraw and Mosab Yousef on “Dr. Phil Primetime.” Source: YouTube screenshot.
Two University of Michigan students who oppose Israel and its military actions in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7 debate Dr. Phil McGraw and Mosab Yousef on “Dr. Phil Primetime.” Source: YouTube screenshot.

Television host Dr. Phil McGraw, who has emerged as a staunch supporter of Israel following the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks, devoted an episode of his new show, “Dr. Phil Primetime,” to the war in Gaza, antisemitism and college protests.

In the episode posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Dr. Phil takes to task two Muslim guests for their inability to condemn the Oct. 7 Hamas atrocities that took place, including the sexual assaults against women and the taking of more than 250 hostages across the border. Some 134 are still being held captive, including children and the elderly.

The episode began with an in-depth interview of featured guest Mosab Yousef, sometimes referred to as the “Green Prince,” a son of a co-founder of the Hamas terrorist organization that took over control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Yousef defected to Israel in the 1990s and worked as an undercover agent for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). He has been one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel’s position during the current conflict.

Salma and Zaynab, seniors from the University of Michigan, were introduced to offer an opposing perspective.

‘It plays into Islamophobic tropes’

“Let’s start with what happened on Oct. 7. Do you endorse that?” Dr. Phil asked first of Zaynab.

“I reject the premise of that question because I don’t believe that the person asking me that question has the moral authority to ask it until they first and foremost condemned the violent formation of Israel and the ensuing Palestinian deaths,” Zaynab responded.

“And in fact, I find it unfair that advocates for Palestine are first forced to preemptively condemn acts of violence before their platform is considered legitimate. It plays into Islamophobic tropes,” she added.

Dr. Phil then asked Salma if she condemned what happened on Oct. 7.

“Of course, we do not justify murdering any innocent civilians,” Salma said.

“But again, the framework of the question makes it seem as if the situation is the result only because of Oct. 7, when there have been several massacres for decades leading up to this.

“So when we have been the recipient of that violence, and we are first asked to condemn violence, I find that there’s a sense of hypocrisy in those questions when our suffering is not being recognized,” she continued.

Zaynab, a senior at the University of Michigan, on “Dr. Phil Primetime.” Source: YouTube screenshot.

‘An act of a savage group’

“There are some things that are just fundamental human decency,” said Dr. Phil. “And when I asked you if what happened on Oct. 7 is something you condemn, and you say, ‘Well, you have to look at that by looking at hundreds of years of conflict’—No, you don’t. No, you don’t. That’s either right or it’s wrong, and it was wrong. And I don’t need 100 years of conflict to know it was wrong.

“When somebody comes over a fence and goes into someone’s house and burns their infant in its crib, I don’t give a damn why they did it. It’s wrong,” Dr. Phil said.

Yousef told Zaynab, “You are helping Hamas to prove to the world that Palestine depends on the destruction of the State of Israel. And this is not acceptable, and we are not going to agree to it.”

Yousef said he no longer makes a distinction between the terrorist group Hamas and Palestinians in general.

“To you, Hamas and Palestinians are the same?” Zaynab asked.

“After Oct. 7, yes, there is no difference. The vast majority of the Palestinian people support Hamas. This is a fact. This is proven by statistics, and your silence now,” Yousef said.

“You cannot even condemn Hamas and say that what they did on Oct. 7 was an act of a savage group. You don’t have that power. On what authority do you speak? You only speak on the authority of Hamas propaganda,” he added.

“If you were a decent human being you can say that the thousands [sic] who were killed on Oct. 7 was a crime against humanity. It was a genocide,” Yousef said.

Dr. Phil called for the resignation of the presidents of Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania on Dec. 10 after they refused to say, five days earlier during congressional hearings, that genocidal calls against Jews violated school policies regarding bullying and harassment.

“As an American, I grow increasingly appalled at the antisemitism permeating so much of our country, especially by so many students at our elite universities, which have become left-liberal woke hotbeds fostering intellectual rot rather than critical thinking, and tolerated or endorsed by their administrations,” he said in a video posted online.

“Dr. Phil Primetime” premiered on Feb. 26 through Merit Street Media, a multiplatform media company based in Dallas-Fort Worth and launched by Dr. Phil.

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