Pro-Hamas Progressives Have Lost the Plot

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readOct 27, 2023

Why are they excusing and justifying mass murder, rape, and kidnapping instead of asking Hamas to return the hostages?

Up to 500 people gathered in Saarbrücken in front of the Europa Gallery on October 21, 2023, to demonstrate against the Israeli intervention in the Gaza Strip after the Hamas terrorist attacks. On a large number of signs, they described the actions as genocide or genocide against the Palestinians or drew comparisons with the Holocaust. The police determined the personal details of a participant who carried a sign that read “Gaza is a concentration camp” and initiated an investigation on initial suspicion of a crime. (Photo: Kai Schwerdt)

Kidnapping hostages says everything about the objective morality of both parties, perpetrators and victims.

Hostage takers, by definition, must be willing to torture and kill the hostages to get what they want. In contrast, the victims of an extortion plot involving hostages must be the exact opposite: Willing to sacrifice something precious to save the hostages.

In the case of the hostages currently being held by the terrorist forces of Hamas after its October 7 attack on Israel, one side is willing to do anything — including torture, rape, and the cold-blooded, premeditated murder of unarmed civilian hostages — to get what they want, totally contingent on the other side’s willingness to do anything to prevent those atrocities.

Yet for some reason, this has also become the season of anti-Semitism. At university campuses across America, and elsewhere, a failure to condemn Hamas — and in some cases, outright cheering on the slaughter of Israeli civilians — persists.

It isn’t as if Hamas apologists don’t know what their heroes did on October 7, 2023.

Unlike other forces historically bent on genocide and the commission of war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, the agents of Hamas made no attempt whatsoever to hide the brutal nature of their crimes.

“Hamas terrorists came armed with guns and GoPros,” wrote Free Press editor and Jewish American journalist Bari Weiss this week. “They were proud of their rampage. Some of them called their fathers to boast: ‘I killed 10 Jews with my bare hands!’ And yet still their apologists try to cast doubt on reports of their crimes.”

“It is a very disorienting thing to watch as evil is denied in real time,” Weiss wrote. “Especially when that evil, in the case of Hamas, was filmed and broadcast by its perpetrators.”

Even as these images have proliferated, somehow, some progressives on college campuses, in boardrooms, and faculty lounges have managed to maintain unwavering support for Hamas.