'That's Not Free Speech; That's Harassment': DeSantis Slams Ivy League Palestinian Protesters

'That's Not Free Speech; That's Harassment': DeSantis Slams Ivy League Palestinian Protesters

DeSantis attacked Ivy League administration for allowing pro-Palestinian protesters to harass Jewish students

Liv Caputo
Liv Caputo
April 24, 2024

REDINGTON SHORES, FL—Governor Ron DeSantis slammed Ivy League universities for allowing pro-Palestine protesters to harass and bar Jewish students and professors from entering classrooms, calling administrators "weak" and "scared".

"When you're chasing Jewish students around, and when you're not letting a Jewish professor enter a building, and you're targeting people like that, that's not free speech; that's harassment that violates appropriate conduct," DeSantis said Wednesday morning.

"And yet at Columbia, at Yale, those folks rule the roost—they do whatever they want. And these administrators and the presidents of these universities are weak. They're scared and they don't do anything," he continued.

The Governor's comments follow a Rabbi pleading with Jewish students at Columbia University to go home for the rest of the semester out of concern for students' safety. Meanwhile, a viral video at Yale surfaced on X, demonstrating pro-Palestinian protesters surrounding and blocking a Jewish student from entering the University.

As tensions rage, student protesters set up tent encampments on and near campus, though university heads have demanded the camps be disbanded in the next 48 hours. In the meantime, dozens of protesters have been arrested at Columbia, Yale, and NYU.

"You do that in Florida at our universities, we're showing you the door—you're going to be expelled when you're doing that stuff," DeSantis said. "The minute people start to face consequences, you are not going to see this nonsense going on."

DeSantis condemned the "ideological pride addiction" he said student protesters exemplified, citing the "pro-Hamas protesters taking over bridges and roads".

"You don't have a right to do that. They tried to do that in Miami, and what happened in 10 minutes? They go dragged off the road where they belong," he said, referencing a protest outside Bayside Marketplace last week.

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Liv Caputo

Liv Caputo

Livia Caputo is a senior at Florida State University, working on a major in Criminology, and a triple minor in Psychology, Communications, and German. She has been working on a journalism career for the past year, and hopes to become a successful reporter after graduation. Her work has been cited in Fox News, the New York Post, and the Daily Mail

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