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Sen. Josh Hawley speaks at the 2022 Student Action Summit. Photo: Wikicommons. Gage Skidmore.

Sen. Josh Hawley criticizes anti-Israel protests at elite universities

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley called out colleges and universities where student groups have launched demonstrations supporting Hamas terrorism and blaming Israel.

Last week, a joint statement from dozens of groups of Harvard University students blamed Israel for the violence and atrocities committed by the deadly terrorist group Hamas in its attack against Jewish citizens. Despite Hamas committing war crimes, entering civilians’ homes and murdering babies, children, women, mothers and fathers, brutalizing the victims, the students claimed it was “entirely” Israel’s fault.

“We’re talking about supporting terrorists,” Hawley said in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News. “How is it that a prestigious university like Harvard could have students this, frankly, dumb and ignorant? Makes me want to send my kids to a state school any day over that institution.

“You know, and that same institution, as I recall, was quick to fly the flag of Ukraine over Harvard Yard, but now, when Israel is under attack, their terrorists are murdering children, cutting off the heads of babies, they want to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Let’s be honest: They would kill every Jew in the world if they could.”

The pro-Hamas, pro-Palestinian protests were so repugnant Democrats also disavowed the displays which included swastikas. Four Democrat members of the Socialists of America left the organization after it posted pro-Hamas tweets. Donors to many of the universities hosting the demonstrations have also closed their checkbooks for fear of their money indirectly funding the protests.

Hawley questioned who is actually funding the student protests and is calling for an investigation.

“I hope the Department of Justice is investigating where the money is coming from,” he said. “Are there terror groups who are part of these networks who are infiltrating our campuses? This is crazy stuff that we’re seeing on these campuses, and for these administrators to have their hand out and take federal money, taxpayer money, and on the same dime be silent or silently condone this kind of terrorism, it is just grotesque.”

Anti-Israel, pro-Hamas demonstrations have occurred on college campuses nationwide.. “Various campus chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine, a national organization that advocates for Palestinian liberation, released statements applauding the attack,” “Inside Higher Ed” reported.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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