School protests continue, around 600 students arrested

by ian


Police and students continued to clash at college campuses across the U.S. over the weekend amid ongoing anti-Israel protests. The ensuing chaos has resulted in somewhere around 600 arrests nationwide.

While some campuses only have single-digit or a couple dozen arrests, there were notable spots where at least 100 arrests have been recorded.

Boston broke up an encampment and arrested about 100 people at Northeastern University on Saturday. A protest at Columbia University – where demonstrations began last week – resulted in the mass detainment of over 100 students while authorities broke up the student encampment.

Officials at several schools said that they support free speech and will allow the protests to continue but warned that encampments violate school policy.

Politicians got involved in the drama over the weekend as well. Perhaps most surprisingly, one presidential candidate was arrested for being in the protests.

That would be Green Party 2024 candidate Jill Stein, who was arrested at Washington University in St. Louis on Saturday. Her campaign manager said the protest was calling for the university to divest from Boeing, which manufactures munitions used in Gaza.

Washington University confirmed that more than 80 protesters were arrested in that event.

But many other politicians have been critical of the protests. Sen. John Fetterman, the Democrat from Pennsylvania, is one of those voices. On “The Hill Sunday,” Fetterman said that these students are essentially “living in a pup tent for Hamas,” which he says is not a “helpful” use of the right to protest.

Other members of Congress share this concern and have expressed worry for Jewish students and faculty who can unfortunately be caught in the crossfire of these protests. With that in mind, new legislation is planned to be introduced that would federally sanction the placement of “antisemitism monitors” on some college campuses.

This is likely to be introduced in the House by Democrat Rep. Ritchie Torres and Republican Rep. Mike Lawler, both of New York. The bill would have these monitors look in on how certain colleges are combating antisemitism. If the college doesn’t comply, it could lose federal funding.