Television personality Dr. Phil McGraw has publicly condemned the rising tide of anti-Semitism in American universities, slamming them for becoming “left-liberal woke hotbeds” that foster “intellectual rot.”
Speaking out against a backdrop of increasing concern over hate speech and intolerance on college campuses, Dr. Phil targeted the administrations of prestigious institutions such as Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Following the testimonies of several university presidents at a House of Representatives committee, concerns were raised due to statements made by student groups that blamed Israel for the violent actions attributed to Hamas. This prompted further scrutiny about the universities’ handling of such incidents and their policies on free speech and hate speech.
Dr. Phil explained, “They were asked the simple question: ‘does calling for the genocide of Jews violate your against bullying and harassment?'”
“Okay, I’ll give you some context. While you were intellectually selling out, bringing shame to your institutions and this country, I was working with the Israeli consulate, viewing the highly restricted footage of October 7th.”
He continued, “From actual body cams of terrorists themselves, victim cell phones, recovered from their dead, tortured, raped, desecrated bodies, as well as raw CCTV footage and other sources. Targets were all unarmed civilians, including men, women, children, and the elderly. Punished, tortured, raped, dismembered, beheaded, and executed without mercy.”
The television personality also highlighted the broader impact of these attitudes, noting the spread of such sentiments to corporate America.
“You are leaders. You don’t pick sides here. This is not about a territorial dispute. […] How dare you sit there and play semantics with this congressional panel when you know what was done that day and what is being supported against your Jewish students.”
On December 5, Rep, Elise Stefanik (R-NY) grilled the President of Harvard University, Claudine Gay, as well as other university leaders, regarding the institutions’ stance on free speech and its handling of hate speech, particularly the recent anti-Semitic sentiments made on campus.
Harvard President Gay responded by alluding to the university’s commitment to free speech, even when faced with offensive and hateful speech. Gay clarified, “It’s when that speech crosses into conduct that violates our policies against bullying, harassment, and intimidation.”
“Do you know what the number one hate crime in America is?” Stefanik asked.
“I know that over the last couple of months, there has been an alarming rise of anti-Semitism, which I understand is the critical topic that we are here to discuss,” Gay responded.
“That’s correct. It is anti-Jewish hate crimes,” Stefanik finished. “Harvard ranks the lowest when it comes to protecting Jewish students. This is why I’ve called for your resignation.”