Panelist Morgan Ortagus became overcome with emotion during a segment on Fox News discussing the alarming rise in anti-Semitism amid the conflict in Israel. On the show “Outnumbered,” Ortagus expressed the difficulties of being a Jewish parent in the current climate.
The emotional moment occurred as a video clip was shown of a Muslim mob in Dagestan, Russia, targeting Jews at a local airport. The mob member was heard proclaiming, “We are here for the Jews. We came to kill them with knives and shoot at them.” The incident ascertained the seriousness of the threat faced by Jews.
Turning to co-host Harris Faulkner, Ortagus addressed her personally. She empathized with Faulkner, whose husband is Jewish, stating that during Hitler’s regime, the Nazis considered even half-Jewish children as targets. Ortagus realized that her own daughter could also be at risk. Overwhelmed, she struggled to maintain her composure, saying, “It’s just terrifying to be a Jewish parent right now.”
Ortagus, married to Jonathan Weinberger, a Jewish business executive, has a personal connection to the Jewish community. She believes that while there will be some people who stand up against anti-Semitism, the challenges ahead will be daunting. But she is determined to instill a fighting spirit in her daughter, expressing her commitment to not hide her Jewish identity.
The conversation then shifted to anti-Israel protests on U.S. college campuses, including incidents at Cooper Union college and Columbia University in New York City. At Cooper Union, during a pro-Palestinian demonstration, Jewish students barricaded themselves in a library as protesters tried to reach them on the seventh floor. The situation escalated when the mob began banging on the door, leaving the students frightened and traumatized. Eventually, a school administrator managed to escort them to safety through a back exit.
Ortagus decried the fact that such incidents are happening in America, emphasizing that the Jewish community is not immune to this type of hatred. She stressed the need to confront and fight against it.
As a former Trump State Department spokeswoman and now a regular contributor on Fox News, Ortagus typically maintains her composure. However, this segment touched her deeply, prompting her to express vulnerability on live television. She took to social media to thank the “Outnumbered” team for allowing her to share her perspective and to acknowledge the reality faced by Jewish parents today.
The emotional segment illustrates the current climate of growing anti-Semitism, both internationally and within the United States. It highlights the fear and concern that Jewish parents are experiencing, as well as the need to address and combat this rising threat.