Campus protests continue to expand, world leaders react

by ian

Politicians and world leaders are coming out of the woodwork to offer their opinions on the campus protests against the war in Gaza. Easily summarized – these leaders are condemning the protests and calling for their end.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) traveled to Columbia University yesterday to express this opinion. Speaking alongside other Republicans on the college’s campus, Johnson condemned what he called rampant “hatred and antisemitism” among the protesters.

He also called for the institution’s president to resign. Protesters who attended his speech tried to shut him down, shouting over him with chants of “free Palestine.”

American politicians on the other side of the aisle are also condemning the protests. On Fox News, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the expression of antisemitism is “unconscionable.”

The Israeli government itself is also speaking out on the problem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a video in which he said the situation on these American campuses is “horrific” and reminiscent of the 1930s.

Some action has already been taken against some of these students, including arrests and suspensions. The DHS has even targeted foreign students on these campuses – saying that if they were suspended from these protests while on a student visa, then they could face deportation.

Despite these threats and objections, the protests continue to spread. Police have arrested students at both the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin. The arrests at the Texas university were reportedly chaotic, as police ended up arresting 34 students after a tussle with protesters.