The West Is Sick of the New Woke Jihadism

What are the mobs in Washington defiling iconic federal statues with impunity and pelting policemen really protesting?

What are the students at Stanford University vandalizing the president’s office really demonstrating against?

What are the throngs in London brazenly swarming parks and rampaging in the streets really angry about?


They could care less that the Islamist Turkish government still stations 40,000 troops in occupied Cyprus. No one is protesting against the Chinese takeover of a once-independent Tibet or the threatened absorption of an autonomous Taiwan.


None of these mobs are agitating on behalf of the nearly 1 million Jews ethnically cleansed since 1947 from the major capitals of the Middle East. Some 200,000 Cypriots displaced by Turks earn not a murmur. Nor does the ethnic cleansing of 99% of Nagorno-Karabakh’s ancient Armenian population just last year.

Civilian casualties?

The global protestors are not furious over the 1 million Uighurs brutalized by the communist Chinese government. Neither are they concerned about the Turkish government’s indiscriminate war against the Kurds or its serial threats to attack Armenians and Greeks.

The new woke jihadi movement is instead focused only on Israel and “Palestine.” It is oblivious to the modern gruesome Muslim-on-Muslim exterminations of Bashar el-Assad and Saddam Hussein, the Black September massacres of Palestinians by Jordanian forces, and the 1982 erasure of thousands in Hama, Syria.

So woke jihadism is not an ecumenical concern for the oppressed, the occupied, the collateral damage of war, or the fate of refugees. Instead, it is a romanticized and repackaged anti-Western, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic jihadism that supports the murder of civilians, mass rape, torture, and hostage-taking.

But what makes it now so insidious is its new tripartite constituency.

First, the old romantic pro-Palestine cause was rebooted in the West by millions of Arab and Muslim immigrants who have flocked to Europe and the U.S. in the last half-century.

Billions of dollars in oil sheikdom “grant” monies swarmed Western universities to found “Middle Eastern Studies” departments. These are not so much centers for historical or linguistic scholarship as political megaphones focused on “Zionism” and “the Jews.”

Moreover, there may be well over a half-million affluent Middle Eastern students in Western universities. Given that they pay full tuition, imbibe ideology from endowed Middle Eastern studies faculty, and are growing in number, they logically feel that they can do anything with impunity on Western streets and campuses.

Second, the Diversity/Equity/Inclusion movement empowers the new woke jihadis. Claiming to be non-white victims of white Jewish colonialism, they pose as natural kindred victims to blacks, Latinos, and any Westerner now claiming oppressed status.

Black radicalism, from Al Sharpton to Louis Farrakhan to Black Lives Matter, has had a long, documented history of anti-Semitism. It is no wonder that its elite eagerly embraced the anti-Israeli Palestine movement as fellow travelers.

The third leg of woke jihadism is mostly affluent white leftist students at Western universities. Sensing that their faculties are anti-Israel, their administrations are anti-Israel (although more covertly) and the most politically active among the student body are anti-Israel, European and American students find authenticity in virtue-signaling their solidarity with Hamas, Hezbollah, and radical Islamists in general.

Given the recent abandonment of standardized tests for admission to universities, the watering-down of curricula, and rampant grade inflation, thousands of students at elite campuses feel that they have successfully redefined their universities to suit their own politics, constituencies and demographics.

Insecure about their preparation for college and mostly ignorant of the politics of the Middle East, usefully idiotic students find resonance by screaming anti-Semitic chants and wearing keffiyehs.

Nurtured in grade school on the Marxist binary of bad, oppressive whites versus good, oppressed nonwhites, they can cheaply shed their boutique guilt by joining the mobs.

The result is a bizarre new anti-Semitism and overt support for the gruesome terrorists of Hamas by those who usually preach to the middle class about their own exalted morality.

Still, woke jihadism would never have found resonance had Western leaders—vote-conscious heads of state, timid university presidents, and radicalized big-city mayors and police chiefs—not ignored blatant violations of laws against illegal immigration, vandalism, assault, illegal occupation, and rioting.

Finally, woke jihadism is fueling a radical Western turn to the right, partly due to open borders and the huge influx into the West from non-Western illiberal regimes.

Partly the reaction is due to the ingratitude shown their hosts by indulged Middle-Eastern guest students and green card holders.

Partly, the public is sick of the sense of entitlement shown by pampered, sanctimonious protestors.

And partly the revulsion arises against left-wing governments and universities that will not enforce basic criminal and immigration statutes in fear of offending this strange new blend of wokism and jihadism.

Yet the more violent campuses and streets become, the more clueless the mobs seem about the cascading public antipathy to what they do and what they represent.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004, and is the 2023 Giles O'Malley Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer (growing almonds on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author of the just released New York Times best seller, The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation, published by Basic Books on May 7, 2024, as well as the recent  The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump, and The Dying Citizen.

Photo: Police are trying to arrest a pro-Palestinian protester, but the protester is taking the person away from the police during a pro-Palestinian protest outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, on June 8, 2024. Protesters are expressing distaste at how President Biden is handling the Israel-Hamas war. (Photo by Aashish Kiphayet / Middle East Images / Middle East Images via AFP) (Photo by AASHISH KIPHAYET/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

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  1. Avatar for task task says:

    The left now owns anti-semitism. Formally all manner of racism and gender bias was ascribed to Christian white males. Even blacks and women, and especially black women, who adopt Conservative values associated with Christianity, are now classified similarly. Woke philosophers and subscribers changed everything. In fact many semites (of Jewish faith), who identify as Democrats, who also identify as subscribers to woke, based on DEI, now have to consider that they are the new targets. Will they now vote for Joe Biden or a substitute?

    The thinking and attitude of the subscribers need not be changed to end the demonstrations and the pseudo empowerment. It can all be relegated to a subliminal sublime state. All physical overtness can be eliminated using simple time tested proven remedies. The DOJ and FBI can do to the demonstrators and protestors the exact same thing they have been doing to the J6 protestors. Just label them as Insurrectionists and let the Federal prosecutors loose. I’m sure there is room in the Washington D.C. gulags to accommodate the guilty.

  2. If you’re Jewish and you vote Democrat, you’re voting for anti-Semitism.
    If you’re Catholic and you vote Democrat, you’re voting for full-term abortion.
    If you’re American and you vote Democrat, you’re voting for the end of Western Civilization.

    Why don’t people understand when they vote against their own self interests?

  3. There’s nothing complicated about the protests on behalf of Hamas terrorists, which isn’t just a protest against the West and its values. At its core, this is hatred of white Europeans and their descendants in countries they founded for being the people who created the modern world. Most non-whites are fine with being participants in something whose first principles, science, engineering, and art they didn’t create. They accept that a group of people got there first and that it had to be done to make what we call Western civilization, which is so superior it dominates world civilization. They might chaff some over this fact, but they can’t live without it, even as they can’t fully appreciate it. But the protestors for Hamas don’t appreciate or enjoy Western civilization for their purely selfish, nihilistic, and anarchist reasons, which are thoroughly rooted in anti-Americanism. Woke ideology and the war in Gaza give these people what they believe is the ultimate license to express it.

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