published : 2023-11-09

Van Jones Praises GOP for Defending 'Jewish Kids' on Campuses, Claims Dems in 'Disarray' on Issue

During Wednesday's primary debate, GOP candidates supported Israel's right to defend itself and condemned antisemitism on college campuses

CNN political contributor Van Jones participating in a panel discussion about activism and social justice (taken with Nikon D850)

CNN political contributor Van Jones has applauded the Republican Party for standing up for 'Jewish kids' on college campuses amidst a surge of antisemitism following Hamas' recent attack on Israel. During the GOP presidential primary debate, Jones noted the forceful defense of Jewish students by Republican candidates, contrasting the perceived disarray among Democrats on the issue. He specifically praised former South Carolina governor and 2024 presidential candidate Nikki Haley for her performance and her stance on foreign policy.

Jones commended the Republican Party for taking advantage of the division within the Democratic Party and addressing the fears of Jewish students who felt unsafe leaving their dorm rooms. He pointed out that Republican candidates, including Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Senator Tim Scott, voiced their support for Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas. The candidates also highlighted the concern of Jewish college students who have faced hostility during pro-Palestinian protests on American campuses.

Nikki Haley delivering a speech on foreign policy at a political event (taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

During the debate, Haley emphasized the importance of treating antisemitism with the same seriousness as racism, stating that colleges should protect Jewish students as they would any other group facing discrimination. She also drew attention to Hamas' call for the destruction of Israel and its animosity towards the United States. Governor DeSantis urged the Department of Justice to hold universities accountable for civil rights violations against Jewish students, while criticizing the Biden administration's focus on combating Islamophobia instead of addressing the growing antisemitism problem. Senator Scott warned that colleges allowing antisemitism to spread could face funding cuts and visa restrictions.

Through his commentary, Van Jones highlighted the significant role played by the Republican Party in defending Jewish students on college campuses, contrasting the perceived disarray among Democrats on the issue. The GOP candidates' forceful condemnation of antisemitism and support for Israel's right to defend itself resonated with many viewers. This debate showcased the importance of addressing antisemitism and protecting the well-being of all college students.