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White House denounces protests against Palestine at Columbia University

President Joe Biden’s The White House denounced Columbia University’s pro-Palestinian protests as “blatantly anti-Semitic and dangerous.”

Over the past week, hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters have gathered to demand an end to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The student demonstrators set up what they called a “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” and erected tents, signs and more. The actions have led to hundreds of activists being arrested, including Rep.’s daughter. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

The White House issued a statement Sunday condemning the protests after videos on social media captured demonstrators praising Hamas and denouncing the Israeli government.

“While every American has the right to peaceful protest, the calls for violence and physical intimidation against Jewish students and the Jewish community are blatantly anti-Semitic, unconscionable and dangerous – they have absolutely no place on any college campus, or anywhere in the world. the United States of America. America,” the White House deputy press secretary said Andreas Bates.

Bates added, “And echoing the rhetoric of terrorist organizations, especially in the wake of the

The worst massacre committed against the Jewish people since the Holocaust is despicable. We condemn these statements in the strongest terms.”

Rabbi Elie Buechlerdirector of the Jewish Learning Initiative at Columbia, warned the university’s Jewish students to leave campus “as quickly as possible” until the demonstrations are over.

Lawmakers denounced the protesters for allegedly chanting slogans such as “We are Hamas!” and “We say justice, you say how? Burn Tel Aviv to the ground!” Some moments were caught on camera, both in Columbia and at similar protests in other cities.