In a viral clip published this week, documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz approached students in Portland, Oregon, and managed to garner funds to support the Hamas terror organization despite openly presenting the group as determined to destroy Israel and kill Jews.
Horowitz spoke to some of the students, and many expressed their support for Hamas and terror operations against the Jewish state.
The radical U.S.-designated Islamic terror group, whose charter calls openly for the murder of Jews, launched over 4,000 terror rockets at Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip over a period of 11 days this month.
In a tweet sharing footage of the campus stunt, Horowitz wrote:
Think the woke are not antisemitic? Think again.
Watch me raise money for Hamas to kill Jews from students in Portland!
Think the woke are not antisemitic? Think again.
Watch me raise money for Hamas to kill Jews from students in Portland! pic.twitter.com/osIVUKNk80
— Ami Horowitz (@AmiHorowitz) May 24, 2021
The clip, which has nearly 100,000 views on Twitter and more than 190,000 on YouTube, begins with Horowitz approaching student passersby and presenting his cause.
“Hi, we’re raising money for American Friends for Hamas,” he begins, claiming to work for a non-existent group that supports the Gaza-based terror group. “We’re raising money to do what you know we do as Hamas.”
To the students, he describes Hamas as a new and improved terror group.
“We’re not your father’s terrorist organization,” he says. “We’ve kind of evolved beyond that. Still kind of what we do, but we’ve kind of rebuilt and rebranded ourselves and Hamas is where it’s at.”
Horowitz also explains the goals he seeks to achieve by funding the Hamas terror group.
“We’re kind of like the next-level BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions],” he tells students. “It’s like [there’s] BDS and then we’re like BDS Plus.”
“We just want to get rid of Israel — it’s for the Palestinians,” he tells another student. “We’re looking to destroy Israel.”
“We don’t want just Gaza, we want to have all of Israel,” he tells yet another student.
At one point, he clarifies the violent intentions of Hamas, though it does little to deter students he approached.
“We want to fund operations against Israel and the type of attacks we’re talking about are cafes and schools, and, you know, soft targets,” he says.
“Hospitals, shopping malls and schools and places of worship,” he adds. “This is the kind of stuff we’re talking about.”
Expressing the need to “fight back against the oppressors,” Horowitz also tells students that “suicide bombers are all we’ve got.”
Students expressed their support and wished him “good luck,” with one praising him for doing what’s right.
“I’ve actually been learning in this last school year about everything that’s going on over there,” a student said, “so I like the sound of what you’re doing. It sounds like the right thing to do.”
“I’m totally against the Israeli genocide,” another student replied.
When he asks passing students if they wish to donate to “help the cause to fight back,” many respond positively, offering five, ten, and twenty dollars each to support Hamas.
“Let’s say 27 dollars,” one student says, “since that seems to be my Bernie donation.”
The shocking interactions were met with outrage online.
“Why do Democrats hate Jews?” asked Sebastian Gorka, radio host and former deputy assistant to former President Trump.
Why do Democrats hate Jews? https://t.co/t0HIpiMc2C
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 27, 2021
“Hilarious and terrifying,” wrote talk radio host Larry O’Connor.
Hilarious and terrifying https://t.co/SObYlbwbwN
— Larry O’Connor (@LarryOConnor) May 26, 2021
“Shows how powerful ‘being there’ is and, sadly, how stupid you can be and still get into a college in Portland, evidently,” wrote congressional candidate Jerrod Sessler.
Shows how powerful “being there” is and, sadly, how stupid you can be and still get into a college in Portland, evidently. https://t.co/99gntFgtZw
— Jerrod Sessler (@Sessler) May 27, 2021
“Dumb College Students are giving $10 – $15 each to help wipe Israel off the map by use off suicide bombers on civilians,” wrote Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council.
“Amazing what propagandized zombies do,” he added.
Dumb College Students are giving $10 – $15 each to help wipe Israel off the map by use off suicide bombers on civilians. Amazing what propagandized zombies do. https://t.co/P9zU9Xha2I
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) May 25, 2021
“Thanks @AmiHorowitz for exposing the vile truth,” wrote columnist Caroline Glick.
“Watch this & tell me anti-Zionism isn’t antisemitism,” wrote one Twitter user. “These students are stupid & ignorant but this is what happens when it’s drummed into you for years that Israel is a genocidal apartheid settler colonialist state.”
Watch this & tell me anti-Zionism isn’t antisemitism. These students are stupid & ignorant but this is what happens when it’s drummed into you for years that Israel is a genocidal apartheid settler colonialist state. https://t.co/a3qHwei3AT
— howardrgold (@howardrgold1) May 25, 2021
“The woke are so woke they happily contribute to fund suicide bombers to blow up hospitals, schools and cafes,” wrote another Twitter user.
A surge in antisemitic acts has been seen this past month amid Israel’s conflict with Hamas, disinformation spreading on social media seen as a major cause, according to the Secure Community Network.
As a result, Aaron Keyak, the Jewish Engagement Director at Biden for President, told Jews to hide their Judaism publicly.
“if you fear for your life or physical safety take off your kippah (head covering) and hide your magen david (star of David),” he wrote on Friday.
In a letter published on Thursday, more than 70 Harvard faculty members decried the U.S. and Israel’s “criminalization” of the Palestinians’ “right to resist” and called on the Biden administration to end support for “Israel’s apartheid regime, condemn Israeli state aggression, and affirm our support for the Palestinian liberation struggle.”
Meanwhile, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight posted a scathing video on Sunday, blasting liberals for attacking Israel and Jews and demanding that people not be “fooled” while warning that antisemites will “pay the price.”
During an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Hannity on Tuesday, conservative talker Mark Levin blasted President Joe Biden for the proliferation of antisemitism that he alleged was coming from the left and elected Democrats.
On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) introduced a bill that aims to target antisemitic hate crimes as a rise in attacks on Jews follows a bloody conflict launched by Hamas against Israel.
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