Mayim Bialik — the host of “Jeopardy!” — said in a lengthy screed posted to TikTok that “nothing has prepared” her for the rampant antisemitism she’s seen in the wake of Hamas’ deadly attack on Israel.
The Jewish-American actor and TV personality’s 10-minute video was shared on X. In it, Bialik said there is “no excuse” for antisemitic behavior in the U.S., calling it “unacceptable.”
“Imagine if there was a massacre of an ethnic group or a religious group, the equivalent of 50,000 Americans,” she said. “And imagine if what happened after that was that, all over the world, there were marches of tens of thousands of people calling for further massacre of those people. … That’s what it feels like right now as a Jewish person.”
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“There has not been an experience in my lifetime that has prepared me for this,” the celebrity continued. “I have heard from many people my whole life that antisemitism is growing. That the Holocaust — while we say we’ll never forget — many have forgotten. And the swiftness with which the global population has seized upon the massacre of Jewish civilians living inside of a border. The swiftness with which the world has stepped up to redefine terrorism, to redefine statehood, to redefine the right of a people to exist.”
Bialik, 47, went on to say there is “a strain of antisemitism that is alive and well” in America, especially on progressive college campuses.
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“It is thriving at my alma mater, where the chant, ‘We want a Jewish genocide,’ was echoed in the quad in front of Royce Hall.”
The “Big Bang Theory” star was referring to UCLA, where she received her doctorate in neuroscience. She condemned the students at the Southern California campus who were calling for a “Jewish genocide,” describing their chants as “unacceptable” and “not normal.”
In fact, antisemitic language has become so commonplace on left-leaning college campuses, some donors are beginning to pull their funding from the prestigious institutions, The Times of Israel reported.
“We should not normalize it,” the celebrity said of the hateful rhetoric. “There is no excuse for calling for a genocide of an entire people. Period. Full stop.”
Bialik noted she’s fearful to send her children to school right now and is afraid what her son “will meet when he goes to college,” noting many of the universities on his list of options are schools “that cannot find a way to unanimously, undeniably, irrevocably denounce any organization that celebrates the massacre of Jewish people.”
“This is astounding,” she continued. “Jewish stars are being painted on Jewish homes all over the world. Is this the moment that anti-Zionists have been waiting for, the moment when the entire world bans against the Jewish people? I’m no longer afraid to draw comparisons to the global attempt of the elimination of the Jewish people, which my grandparents escaped eastern Europe to flee.”
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