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Pro-Hamas Activist Lectures at UCLA for Medical Students

Why do UCLA medical students need a lecture from a Pro-Hamas activist about "mama Earth" and Palestine?

First-year UCLA medical students found themselves in a mandatory lecture that seemed more like a political rally than an educational seminar. The speaker, Lisa Gray-Garcia, described as a pro-Hamas activist, veered wildly off the medical curriculum into a bizarre session that had students literally praying to “mama Earth.” Amidst discussions of structural racism and health equity, Gray-Garcia took the podium at Geffen Hall to share her controversial views, including support for Hamas’ violent actions.

Gray-Garcia’s call for students to kneel in solidarity with Palestine—while faculty members passively observed—crossed a line from education into Antisemitism and indoctrination, sparking fears of retribution against any dissenting voice. This event is a glaring example of how far-left ideology is infiltrating academic spaces under the guise of education. 

What happened at UCLA is symptomatic of a broader trend within academia, where the lines between education and activism are increasingly blurred. The push to politicize every aspect of the curriculum, even in fields as critical and objective as medicine, threatens to undermine the very foundations of higher learning. If universities continue down this path, prioritizing political agendas over academic rigor, we risk creating a generation of professionals who are more versed in activism than in the disciplines they signed up to master.

Academia Needs a Reset

The mission of higher education should be to foster critical thinking, not to indoctrinate. It should be a space where complex issues can be discussed and debated, not where students are coerced into a narrow viewpoint, especially one that harbors or justifies Antisemitism. UCLA’s incident isn’t an isolated one; it’s a symptom of a pervasive issue that threatens the essence of academic integrity. It’s time to demand that our educational institutions recalibrate, focusing on imparting knowledge and fostering intellectual diversity rather than serving as conduits for extremist ideologies. 

We need a renaissance of academic rigor and a recommitment to the principles of free inquiry and open debate. Only then can we hope to prepare a generation of professionals who are not only skilled in their respective fields but also equipped with the intellectual fortitude to navigate and challenge the complexities of our world. Let’s champion a return to academia’s true calling: the pursuit of truth, free from the stain of Antisemitism and unencumbered by the weight of political agendas.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.