How to describe what took place on a California university campus.
Hideous? Ghastly? Unconscionable? Reprehensible?
All of the above … and then some?
Sure, let’s go for it.
A group of anti-Israel students this past Thursday disrupted a University of California-Davis rally by Jewish students by shouting “Allahu Akbar!,” an Arabic phrase that means “God is great.” The pro-Israel students sought to protest a student government decision to divest from Israel as part of a student movement designed to protest Israeli policies in the Middle East.
It got worse.
Some unknown vandals spray-painted swastikas on a fraternity house. Swastikas! The very symbol of the Nazi regime that exterminated an estimated 6 million Jews prior to and during World War II.
Some anti-Israel student posted a note on a Facebook page about Hamas and Sharia law taking over the UC-Davis campus. Whatever. Actually, Sharia law hasn’t taken over anything — let alone a major public university campus. As for Hamas — the notorious terrorist organization that runs the government in Gaza — it has been identified for what it is: a cabal of killers.
But the point here is that this kind of monstrous behavior shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere.
The anger expressed on the campus is preposterous in the extreme.
Free speech is worth protecting — but it ought at least to be civil.