Herzog to Diaspora Jews: Campuses contaminated by hatred; stand strong in the face of antisemitism; Israel is with you

Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks at a swearing in ceremony for newly appointed judges at the President's residence in Jerusalem, on April 18, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks at a swearing in ceremony for newly appointed judges at the President's residence in Jerusalem, on April 18, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

President Isaac Herzog publishes a message of solidarity with Jewish communities around the world ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day next week and after the explosion of anti-Israel protests on university campuses across the United States and elsewhere over the last two weeks.

“The people of Israel are with you,” Herzog says, addressing Jewish communities in the diaspora. “We hear you. We see the shameless hostility and threats. We feel the insult, the breach of faith and breach of friendship. We share the apprehension and concern.”

“We see prominent academic institutions, halls of history, culture, and education contaminated by hatred and antisemitism fueled by arrogance and ignorance, and driven by moral failings and disinformation,” he continues. “We watch in horror as the atrocities of October 7th against Israel are celebrated and justified. We hear you. We recognize your heroic efforts. We are with you, and we are here for you.”

Condemning the “violence, harassment and intimidation” of the anti-Israel protesters, Herzog vows that “as they chant for intifada and genocide, we will work together to free our hostages held by Hamas, and fight for civil liberties and our right to believe and belong, for the right to live proudly, peacefully and securely, as Jews, as Israelis – anywhere.”

Continuing, he says that as the Jewish people mark Holocaust Memorial Day next week, “We will speak of the dark times of the past, and we will remember the miracle of our rebirth: in our ancient homeland, the Jewish, democratic State of Israel, and throughout the Jewish world.”

“Together, we shall overcome,” he adds. “In the face of this terrifying resurgence of antisemitism: Do not fear. Stand proud. Stand strong for your freedom.”

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