Pete Riehm
Israel will defeat Hamas in Gaza, but will America defeat Hamas here?
By Pete Riehm
April 30, 2024

For weeks, Americans have been disgusted and stunned by rampant Pro-Hamas protests on college campuses across the country. Despite the disturbing vandalism, virulence, and vitriol of these ostensibly peaceful protesters, the media downplays the vicious and violent nature of these malevolent demonstrations. Incredibly ignorant students abetted by anonymous non-student thugs have brazenly assaulted and openly persecuted Jewish students, but colleges are not protecting their Jewish students, just telling them to avoid classes! However, the colleges are defending the protesters’ right to free speech to intimidate Jews!!! These absurdities are so surreal, one can scarcely believe this is happening in America, but just like 1930's Germany, it is happening – evil is being given a pass.

The countless contradictions by these Pro-Hamas protesters are preposterous. They blame Israel for the bloodshed, but it was Hamas that started this war with an unprovoked surprise attack. They accuse Israel of targeting civilians when they take great pains to avoid civilian collateral damage, but it was Hamas that brutally targeted innocent civilians for murder, rape, and torture. Hamas also has no regard for Palestinian lives using them as human shields. The protesters claim the Israeli offensive is tantamount to genocide, but it is Hamas’ official policy to annihilate Israel – wipe it off the map! Hamas celebrates genocide and our college kids cheer. These dolts don’t recognize genuine genocide even with inescapable evidence.

When pressed, some of the protesters try to separate the Palestinians from Hamas, but the Palestinians overwhelming support Hamas and like Jihadists consider it honorable martyrdom to die trying to kill Israelis. Palestinian schools inculcate Palestinian youth with hatred for Jews. As early as pre-school, they teach children to murder Jews by stabbing teddy bears. Hamas and Palestinians are essentially indistinguishable, but more troubling is the fact the protesters on American college campuses are unabashedly declaring they are also Hamas!

Aside from being evil, Hamas is an indisputable terrorist organization, and are enemies of peace and freedom. These American college students are vowing to support Hamas, so they are enemies of the United States! They should be arrested, banned, indicted, suspended, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Imagine during WWII if American students protested in favor of NAZI Germany or Imperial Japan! They would be imprisoned immediately. Prosecuting these Pro-Hamas protesters would not violate their free speech, but it would be the just consequences of believing their words and actions.

New York University Professor Scott Galloway pointed out the “striking double standard” for antisemitism. He explained that if a group of students assaulted and harassed black students to the point, they were in fear of simply going to class, we would rightly call out the National Guard to protect them. So, why don’t we do the same for Jewish students?!

Quite simply, it is blatant unrepentant antisemitism. If you ever wondered how the holocaust could happen in Germany, you are watching it happen here. These uneducated college students have not only aligned with terrorists, but they are defiantly advocating for genocide when they chant, “From the river to the sea,” which means drive all the Jews into the sea. Trampling American flags, these dopey kids don’t really understand what a NAZI is, but they are no different than Hitler youth and should be treated accordingly.

Galloway went on to explain what we are seeing in America today is ominously similar to 1930's Germany. Amid “a progressive community, excellent academic institutions, and a thriving gay community, it became fashionable to wear brown shirts and mock students at the University of Vienna.” Antisemitism was left unchecked. American colleges are leaving antisemitism unchecked, even endorsing it. The Palestinian keffiyeh, the black and white scarf, is today’s brown shirt. The goons donning the keffiyeh should be ostracized and ridiculed.

The stupidity of these students cannot be overstated. Columbia University finally banned one of the Pro-Hamas protest leaders for saying, “Zionists don’t deserve to live.” Somewhat contrite, that student nevertheless claimed his ban was discriminatory against him for being “black and queer.” Again, how dumb can they be?! Muslims do not tolerate homosexuals, but many of these protesters are LGBTQ+. One wonders if they can even read.

The silly students, however, are not alone to blame. About half all those arrested across the nation are NOT students; they are outside agitators. Where did they come from? At UCLA, the protesters receive regular large shipments of food. At many of these terrorist campus encampments, the tents are all uniform. Who is paying for this? Who is organizing this?

Watching our youth align with our enemies is frightening and unsettling, but the real insanity comes from the FBI. FBI Director Christopher Wray recently stated that the FBI does NOT monitor campus protests. WHAT?! This is the FBI that spies on Catholics and concerned parents, and vigorously prosecutes grandmothers who were in Washington on January 6th, but they have no interest in college students claiming connection with Hamas and demanding Intifada???!!! They chant “Death to Israel” and “Death to America,” but the FBI ignores?!

Wray MUST be fired! The FBI MUST investigate who is funding and organizing this terrorist movement infiltrating American college campuses. These subversive forces must be rooted out with no amnesty for students who have chosen evil. Then we must endeavor to educate our youth with the truth or America will repeat the ghastly lessons of 1930's Germany. What we are seeing proves this notion is not far-fetched. Good Germans never thought the Holocaust was possible either. Pray for our America to defeat Hamas in our colleges!

“But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:8).

Pete Riehm is a conservative activist and columnist in south Alabama. Email him at or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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