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Accommodating overseas elites by tolerating antisemitism on U.S. campuses is part of a scheme to turn loss-leader DEI categories into profit centers

Five weeks after Rutgers University suspended the New Brunswick campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on Dec. 11 for violating several university policies, the school reversed its decision and reinstated the pro-Hamas group. In celebration, SJP members filmed a video in the classic Palestinian terrorist style: faces covered in kaffiyehs, reading a communique which, following a diatribe against the Zionists, made a list of demands that the school must meet if it wished to wipe the stain of its complicity in genocide. Since October, American cities and college campuses have been transformed into stages for this kind of Middle Eastern performance theater in support of Hamas and its murder, torture, and rape of Jews. Performances have ranged from vicarious partaking in the Oct. 7 pogrom, like the tearing down of posters of kidnapped Israelis, to calls for “globalizing” Palestinian terrorism “from New York to Gaza,” to outright expressions of support for Hamas and the extermination of Jews “from the river to the sea”—“by any means necessary,” lest there be any confusion. “There is nothing, nothing more honorable than dying for a noble cause, for justice,” a high-profile organizer of a rally at Columbia shouted into a bullhorn in a thick Arabic accent.

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That’s how long in years it’s been since Americans have spent as much of their income on food as they do today, according to a Wednesday article in The Wall Street Journal. In 2022, the most recent year for which U.S. Department of Agriculture data is available, American consumers spent 11.3% of their disposable income on food; up from less than 10% for most of the 2000s and below 10.5% throughout the 2010s. The last time relative food prices were this high was 1991, when consumers, still dealing with the impact of the steep food price inflation of the 1970s, spent 11.4% of their disposable income on food. Since the data stops in 2022, the cost today may be even worse: Labor Department data shows that restaurant prices rose 5.1% between January 2023 and January 2024, while grocery prices rose 1.2%. And food prices seem likely to stay high. “If you look historically after periods of inflation, there’s really no period you could point to where [food] prices go back down,” Steve Cahillane, the CEO of Kellanova, told The Wall Street Journal. “They tend to be sticky.”

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In the wake of the October 2023 Hamas attacks, Jewish leaders were shocked to read the egregious statement put out by Darren Walker, the President of the Ford Foundation, who declined to acknowledge the massacre of Jews in Israel. They shouldn’t have been—not only because the foundation’s namesake was a notorious antisemite, but because the Ford Foundation is at the center of an elite nonprofit complex fueling this crisis both at home and abroad. In addition to the major nonprofit foundations, the American establishment remains dominant in two other areas of life: elite prep schools and universities, and the “deep state.” It’s not a coincidence that these three sectors—NGOs, higher ed, and the federal bureaucracy—have become the power centers of wokeness. The face of “resistance” may be a young radical, but the funding, strategy, and power are decidedly not. On Sunday night, Walker issued a second press release. With no explanation given, it was not clear why two statements were released. “Henry Ford, our founder, was among the twentieth century’s most virulent American antisemites. And yet, to me, our past confers a special obligation to engage, not to retreat—no matter the complications or the consequences.”
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