Earlier this year, a Seattle-based journalist named Tariq Ra’ouf took to social media to explain the logic behind the pro-Palestinian demonstrations that have been rocking American cities for months. “We are going to inconvenience every single person who doesn’t give a f**k until they give a f**k,” Ra’ouf wrote. “That’s how this goes.”
The sentiment was clear: The banner waved by the keffiyeh-clad cohorts blocking access to airports and cancer hospitals and sabotaging staples of American culture such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting was emblazoned with but one word, “Disrupt.”
It’s hardly a novel tactic, nor one exclusive to the Hamas enthusiasts in our midst. Following the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, throngs of thugs took to the streets for what the media labeled “mostly peaceful protests” that left at least nineteen dead and cost the American economy a staggering $2 billion. Not to be outdone, self-styled climate activists picked the last few months of 2023 to disrupt a staging of Les Misérables in London, a performance of Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Met, a speech by Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell in Washington, D.C., and—horror of horrors—the semifinals at the U.S. Open.