Far-Left Supporters of Hamas
Unlike al-Qaeda and ISIS, Hamas can count on some far-left organizations in the U.S. to help justify their attacks and do positive public relations. This reality has sparked a sharp division in the left-wing world.
Left-wing influencers including David Pakman, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks Network, and comedian Bill Maher unequivocally condemned Hamas and spoke in favor of Israel’s right to self-defense. Comedian Sarah Silverman and Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-MI) quit the Democratic Socialists of America after it sided with Hamas.
Parts of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement rallied to Hamas’s side. BLM Grassroots and BLM chapters in Chicago, Phoenix, Detroit, and Indianapolis explicitly praised the terrorist attacks using imagery heroizing Hamas paragliders.
Torch Antifa’s immediate reaction to Hamas’ attacks was to publish a post declaring “Free Palestine!” Andy Ngo, who authored a book on Antifa and first reported on the post, describes Torch Antifa as “the largest network of formal violent Antifa chapters.”
The unprecedented and ongoing resistance by Palestinians from Gaza, that caught Israel by surprise, did not happen in a vacuum. . . . Palestinians are asserting their right to self-determination and unequivocally demanding their freedom. Never underestimate the will of an oppressed and occupied people to be free.
ADC’s National Executive Director, Abed Ayoub, praised porn star Mia Khalifa after she sparked controversy by openly celebrating Hamas’ attacks. One of her comments was, “Can someone please tell the freedom fighters in Palestine to flip their phones and film horizontal[?]” Ayoub said Khalifa “has shown more courage on this than most elected officials, journalists, and fake social justice/progressive activists out there.”
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) also cheered Hamas’ attacks as a “historic win for the Palestinian resistance.” The material it distributed also said that Israelis are “settlers” and therefore do not count as civilians.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement also expressed solidarity with the “Palestinian freedom fighters” and their “justified use of armed resistance against the oppressors’ military and civilians.” BDS then removed the language and added a note claiming that hackers had edited their statements.
Code Pink’s immediate reaction to the barbarism was to justify what Hamas did. It posted on X, “The US-backed Israeli apartheid regime inflicts daily settler violence and terror on Palestinians. Israel is an occupying force. Palestinians have every right to resist it.”
Black Alliance for Peace likewise reacted to the bloodshed by saying it stands with Palestine because “a colonized people have a right to resist occupation and fight for self-determination by any means necessary.” Its fiscal sponsor is the Open Collective Foundation, even though its support for Hamas appears to violate their community guidelines.
The California-based Middle East Children’s Alliance said, “We are witnessing the people of Gaza rising up to respond to decades of Israelis settler colonial violence.” It has received $170,000 since 2017 from the Soros Network (also known as the Open Society Network).
The Anti-Defamation League also found that the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Workers World Party, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and a Native American group called Red Nation expressed support for Hamas.
It’s worth observing that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), ostensibly an authoritative tracker of extremism and hate, has thus far not said a word about the left-wing endorsers of Hamas. It stands in sharp contrast to how SPLC quickly pounces on any entity that is perceived as right-wing. SPLC was directly asked by the Daily Signal about its stance on these left-wing hate groups, and it ignored the question. But the SPLC labor union expressed “solidarity with the Palestinian people,” condemned the “occupation” of Palestine, and warned of an impending “genocide” in Gaza.
In the next installment, Hamas clearly has a fanbase among the far Right.