Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu, is facing backlash from the Left after criticizing both “neo-Nazi scum” and “the thugs of Antifa and BLM” in a Facebook post commenting on the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Early Wednesday, Yair said that the growing presence of hard-left radicals on American university campuses posed a more long-term danger than the resurgence of neo-Nazi, Alt-“Right” racists.
“To put things in perspective. I’m a Jew, I’m an Israeli, the neo nazi scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out,” he wrote.
“However the thugs of Antifa and BLM who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.”
Yair Netanyahu is exactly right about the growing presence of the hard Left on college campuses. American University professors are proposing to create a “Campus Antifascist Network,” or CAN, to counter what the Left believes is a marked increase in fascist activity since the election of President Donald Trump.
“The election of Donald Trump has emboldened fascist and white nationalist groups nationwide, on campus and off, and their recent upsurge requires antifascists to take up the call to action once again,” says the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor and professor of comparative literature at Stanford University, David Palumbo-Liu, in an invitation to join the group.
“As we wrote this letter,” it says, “hundreds of torch-bearing white supremacists were marching on the campus of University of Virginia chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’ and other vile slurs. An antifascist activist was murdered by these same forces in Charlottesville, raising the stakes of resistance to new heights.”
CAN co-organizer Bill Mullen, a professor of American studies at Purdue University, told Inside Higher Ed that the organization will be a “big tent” that “welcomes anyone committed to fighting fascism.”
While Professor Palumbo-Liu explicitly said that CAN would reject the Antifa activists’ propensity for violence, the Left’s anti-fascist “big tent” has already brought together multiple leftist organizations in solidarity with the most extreme and violent Antifa radicals.
The danger, of course, is who are the gatekeepers? Who decides which speakers on college campuses are “white nationalists” and which ones aren’t? Antifa has previously responded violently to speeches by Ann Coulter. Ben Shapiro has been called a member of the “Alt-Right.” Charles Murray was met with violence at Middlebury College. These are conservatives, not neo-Nazis, and yet the Left is slandering many conservatives as “Nazis” in an attempt to paint the conservative movement as extremist, white supremacist, and violent.
So Yair Netanyahu makes a fair point. The growing presence of “anti-fascist” leftists on college campuses is becoming more dominant. They are continuing an assault on free speech in the name of opposing Nazis. And the mainstream media, meanwhile, is covering up the violence by Antifa groups.
This can’t end well.