Actress and Jeopardy! co-host Mayim Bialik has expressed her concerns about the surge in anti-Semitism in major U.S. cities and on university campuses, highlighting the challenges faced by Jewish individuals. She shared her thoughts in a recent Instagram post, reflecting her personal experience as a “liberal Jew” who has previously advocated for an independent Palestinian state.
Bialik lamented the changing dynamics, noting that her identity as a liberal Jew and her previous support for an independent Palestinian state seem to hold less significance in the current environment. She expressed her dismay over the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the United States, citing incidents at her alma mater, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where disturbing chants of “We want a Jewish genocide” were heard.
The actress and television personality emphasized that such displays of hatred are unacceptable and should not be considered normal in any society. Her concerns extend to her 18-year-old son, set to start college soon, as she fears for his safety amid this growing atmosphere of anti-Semitism.
Bialik also reaffirmed her support for Israel, stating that she has always felt a deep connection to the country and its significance to her identity. Her declaration underscores the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the challenges faced by those advocating for peace and understanding.
The surge in anti-Semitism and pro-Hamas activities has been observed at various elite U.S. universities in the wake of recent events, particularly the October 7 attacks in Israel. Institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, George Washington University, New York University, and UCLA have witnessed heightened tensions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mayim Bialik’s candid and heartfelt expression of her concerns resonates with many who are troubled by the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the United States. While Bialik acknowledges her liberal perspective, her experiences reflect a broader societal issue that transcends political boundaries. Her advocacy for peace and her support for Israel, coupled with her poignant fears for her son’s future, highlight the complexity of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and their repercussions in American society.
Listen to @missmayim as she speaks out against antisemitism and in support of Israel in the current climate.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) October 29, 2023