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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators are not just anti-Israel but anti-American

Make no mistake: The majority of demonstrators supporting Hamas’s savage slaughter of innocent Jews also support seizing control of America.

Protesters with Palestinian flags on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor on Oct. 15, 2023. Credit: Catherine D. Miller/Shutterstock.
Protesters with Palestinian flags on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor on Oct. 15, 2023. Credit: Catherine D. Miller/Shutterstock.
James Sinkinson
James Sinkinson
James Sinkinson is president of Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME), which publishes educational messages to correct lies and misperceptions about Israel and its relationship to the United States.

Hamas’s brutal Oct. 7 massacre unleashed Israel’s enemies across the United States and around the world to demonstrate in support of the terrorist group’s primary objectives—the killing of Jews and destruction of the Jewish state. 

Many protestors falsely designate Israel a colonial-settler state, asserting—also falsely—that Hamas is justly fighting to liberate a people of color—the Palestinian Arabs. They also maintain erroneously that Jews—as white people—hold a socially privileged position. These beliefs are consistent with the neo-Marxist ideology that holds Western civilization to be evil because it was founded on oppressor colonial conquest—mostly of people of color. 

This same ideology condemns the United States as a racist, oppressor state built on colonialism and slavery. This idea is at the heart of today’s prevalent “woke” philosophy, which holds white Americans and other “oppressor classes,” such as heterosexual men, responsible for the “oppressed status” of “victims” such as LGBTQ+ people, women and especially people of color. 

But of course, Israel is not a white, colonial settler state; Jews are neither white nor colonists. They are the indigenous inhabitants of the Holy Land, in which they have lived continuously for millennia, and in which they have established several independent commonwealths. In fact, the majority of Israel’s Jews are themselves people of color, hailing from North Africa and the Middle East. Another 20% are fully enfranchised Arab-Israeli citizens.

Indeed, Israel is the product of a modern-day liberation movement—in which an indigenous people successfully returned to sovereignty over their homeland. Ironically, this ancestral home, renamed Palestine by the Romans, had been colonized by numerous invaders over millennia, including by Arabs—the opposite of a colonial settler state.

Moreover, Jews are among the most persecuted people in the world. They have achieved success not because of privilege, but because of the values they hold that are consistent with achieving success—values that are part of many cultures. Lamentably, the value of merit-based achievement is not respected, but rather is denigrated in the rigid DEI culture, which teaches activists to fight at any cost for what is “owed” to them. This leads to blocking roads, vandalizing stores and other social disruptions—the kinds of tactics associated with today’s pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian demonstrations. 

The neo-Marxist philosophy that drives pro-Palestinian and pro-Hamas (in reality, anti-Israel) demonstrations are based on four tenets. First, it claims the world is divided into two categories—oppressors and the oppressed. Second, the West is built on the colonization and subjugation of the rest of the world’s population, most of whom are people of color. Thirdly, racism and bias are present in all white people. Finally, it is the right and responsibility of the oppressed to fight their oppressors, using any means necessary, including violence. Those who fail to practice “anti-racism” are just as guilty as the oppressors.

The fact is, many pro-Hamas demonstrators are as anti-American as they are antisemitic and anti-Israel—because they view both the United States and Israel as white, oppressor states. Israel is merely a smaller, weaker embodiment of American values. Israel’s attempt to fight off its Hamas attackers is viewed as evil, making it an easy target.

Neo-Marxists among pro-Hamas demonstrators have formed alliances with Islamist antisemites, sometimes called red-green coalitions. As such, the far left portray Hamas as a liberation movement fighting to free the Palestinian Arabs from their Israeli oppressors. This lie, of course, ignores 100 years of offers by the international community, including numerous offers by Israel itself, to implement a Palestinian state. The Palestinians rejected all offers.

How neo-Marxists lie about Hamas: The terror group does not share the values of America’s ultra-left. Though Hamas opposes Israel, it is not because the group is a liberation movement for an indigenous people. Hamas does not share woke values. It doesn’t believe in DEI, intersectionality, women’s or LGBTQ+ rights. Rather, Hamas leads an Islamist, religiously motivated campaign dedicated to reconquering Muslim land—land Muslims themselves colonized from the Romans in 638 C.E., which was later recolonized by Crusaders, Mamluks and Ottoman Turks. 

The neo-Marxists likewise lie about Israel. Israel is not a white, colonial, settler state. It is the realization of a people’s right to live free in their indigenous homeland. In fact, if neo-Marxists were true to their beliefs, they would praise Israel, because the Jewish state embodies indigenous self-determination. 

Furthermore, Israel is far from being the apartheid state demonstrators claim. In fact, while Israel’s more than two million Arab citizens enjoy the same rights and opportunities as Jews, Palestinians in other Arab states are barred from many professions and denied citizenship or civil rights. 

The neo-Marxist assertion that Israel is committing genocide is also bogus. Rather, Israel attacks only Hamas—not innocent Palestinians, whom Hamas constantly puts in harm’s way. Rather, Israel is trying to prevent genocide against the Jewish people, such as Hamas attempted on Oct. 7, when its members methodically butchered more than 1,200 people, mostly Jewish civilians, and took more than 200 hostage. No outcry of protest from the neo-Marxist left. 

As pro-Hamas, neo-Marxist demonstrators fight to weaken Israel, so too do they try to weaken the United States. America has strong interests in the Middle East, and Israel shares and is a defender of those interests. Israel also shares U.S. cultural, political and religious values, and is one of America’s strongest allies on the global stage.

Make no mistake: The majority of demonstrators supporting Hamas’s savage slaughter of innocent Jews also support seizing control of America—through violence, such as shutting down airports and hospitals, or through cultural conquest, such as the DEI hegemony in schools, governments and corporations. As such, Israel is the canary in the coal mine. Its capitalistic, democratic and religious values place it squarely in Marxists’ sights.

Pro-Palestinian/Hamas demonstrators are really anti-Israel and anti-American, guided by a vileneo-Marxist ideology that opposes Western values and encourages acts of violence aimed at disrupting civil society. Such pro-Palestinian demonstrators who run afoul of the law should face harsh consequences—because their actions don’t just threaten Israel…they threaten America as well. 

Originally published by Facts and Logic About the Middle East.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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