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House Conservatives Demand Accountability for Campus Antisemitism

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Nick Baker

May 23, 2024

House conservatives held a hearing Thursday morning that called on the so-called “leaders” of three declining universities to answer for the pro-Hamas, antisemitic activities that have flooded their campuses throughout the past several months. 

“Over the course of years–decades, even, universities gradually nurtured a campus culture of radicalism in which antisemitism grew and became tolerated by administrators,” said Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce in her opening statement. “October 7 ignited a powder keg of pro-terror campus fervor–a shocking spectacle for the American public. Suddenly, the radicalized zealots found a cause and group that they could graft their hate onto,” she continued.

“Each of you should be ashamed of your decisions that allowed antisemitic encampments to endanger Jewish students,” she told the administrators of University of California Los Angeles, Northwestern University, and Rutgers University. 

She specifically called out the presidents of the latter two, who have capitulated to the demands of the pro-Hamas radicals–illegal agreements that Young America’s Foundation is taking legal action to void.

Throughout the hearing, the university administrators tried to deflect responsibility for the chaos that has erupted on their campuses, with the president of Rutgers going so far as to say that the illegal encampments were “protected free speech.”

When asked how many students have been expelled from their respective universities for involvement in these disturbing and illegal demonstrations, all three responded with “none.”

Unfortunately, while pro-Hamas radicals are allowed to say and do whatever they please, the same cannot be said when it comes to conservative and Jewish students who seek to share pro-Israel viewpoints to campus.

Ahead of the hearing, Young Americans for Freedom at UCLA Chairman Matthew Weinberg joined Mornings With Maria on Fox News Channel to discuss his school’s administrators’ decision to block his chapter from hosting Robert Spencer for a pro-Israel event.

YAF has announced a forthcoming lawsuit against UCLA, which will force the institution to make up for its unconstitutional actions and provide assurances that the event will be allowed to happen in the fall semester.

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