One of college basketball's top coaches is doing what he can to support Israeli soldiers and civilians rattled by the ongoing war against Hamas, helping organize a charity event to pack humanitarian aid boxes full of clothes, first aid items, toiletries and candy after raising over $7,000 to prepare. "It just breaks my heart to see students across our country protesting against Israel after they saw the genocide. I love this country, and I'm grateful for its support," Bruce Pearl told FOX News on Wednesday. Pearl, who coaches the Auburn Tigers, said some Jewish students on the university's campus are afraid as tensions concerning the conflict in the Middle East flare across U.S. college campuses. GOP LAWMAKER TARGETS PRO-HAMAS PROTESTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES, DEPT OF EDUCATION: ‘DEEP ROT OF ANTISEMITISM’ Jewish himself, he has been outspoken in support of Israel and expressed concerns about antisemitism surging in the days since Hamas terrorists launched a surprise attack on Israeli residential areas on Oct. 7. Shortly after the attacks, he put his mind to making a difference. "I contacted my friends at Athletes for Israel, the Church of the Highlands here in this community, along with our Jewish student group, Hillel. We got together and said, 'Let's do something positive. Let's get some humanitarian boxes together of aid and let's write notes to the soldiers and children and moms,'" he continued. EDUCATORS WARN OF ANTISEMITIC 'OUTBREAK' ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES, DENOUNCE ‘TONE DEAFNESS’ OF FACULTY AND STUDENTS "Just days after the world's greatest genocide since the Holocaust, we felt like we just wanted to do something. Thirty-three Americans were killed by Hamas terrorists. It's just disturbing to me to watch people in this country supporting an organization that supports this kind of terror. And so this group here was proud to stand with Israel," he continued later. While only 15 people were initially expected to show, 50 attended the event Pearl helped organize. He told FOX News' Carley Shimkus that protests against Israel that have emerged across the U.S. recently indicate how "deep" the roots of antisemitism are, adding that "all Israel has done for 75 years since its existence is simply defend itself." TIM SCOTT WANTS TO DEFUND COLLEGES OVER ANTI-ISRAEL STATEMENTS: ‘HITS THEM WHERE IT HURTS’ According to Auburn Daily on Sports Illustrated, Pearl previously took the team to play against the Israel U-20 National Team, an Israel Select All-Star Team and the Israel National Team. They also toured several historic holy sites and some players were even baptized in the Jordan River. Pearl previously discussed the conflict with Dan Dakich on OutKick's "Don't @ Me" earlier this month, where he blasted the Obama and Biden administrations for allegedly creating "the crap that we got in this world" while claiming that Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are "funded" by United States taxpayers. He admitted that Presidents Obama and Biden were "well-intentioned" when they were trying to "balance the scales of power in the Middle East" but noted that it eventually led to "terrorism." "I don’t like to be divided, but here’s the deal, if Iran wants to call out Israel and for the destruction of Israel, and they’ve been saying it since 1979 when the Shah was removed, I take them at their word for it…" he said. "This is a Holocaust, this is a crime, and now what’s about to take place has nothing to do with revenge. This is not about revenge. What Israel must do now is nothing about revenge, it’s about survival." For more Culture, Media, Education, Opinion and channel coverage, visit foxnews.com/media. FOX News' Ryan Morik contributed to this report.
25 Ekim 2023 - 18:40
Auburn basketball coach pushes back against 'disturbing' anti-Israel protests: 'Breaks my heart'
Auburn University basketball coach Bruce Pearl told 'FOX & Friends First' about his efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Israeli civilians and soldiers.
25 Ekim 2023 - 18:40