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Jewish students aren’t safe on campus

“Top Story” with Jonathan Tobin and guest Sheila Nazarian, Ep. 133

The war being waged on Israel isn’t just a matter of Hamas terrorism or a biased media lying about the effort to eradicate the Islamist perpetrators of the Oct. 7 massacres, says JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin. It’s also a fight that is being waged on social media—the place where most people, especially the young, get their news nowadays.

He’s joined by plastic surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Sheila Nazarian, also a television star and a pro-Israel social-media influencer with a significant online following.

Nazarian says she was motivated to get into pro-Israel advocacy by her worries about the plight of Jewish kids, including her own, in an era when woke ideology has unleashed a surge of antisemitism where “Jewish students aren’t safe on campus.”

She says that being “canceled” for speaking out on Israel or any cause that is vilified in popular culture happens to those who back down and apologize. She’s motivated by her own background, as someone who escaped Iran as a child. While many people are silent, she says many liberal Jews are waking up to the new reality in which antisemitism is normalized.

“The risk,” she says, “of not saying anything is so much higher.” 

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