DeSantis Orders Pro-Palestinian Student Groups Shut Down

DeSantis Orders Pro-Palestinian Student Groups Shut Down

( – Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis recently issued an order in his state to crack down on collegiate student groups that express support for Hamas’s attack against Israel. The Palestinian terrorist group executed Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on the Jewish state on October 7. Multiple reports revealed that Hamas killed hundreds of civilians, raped dozens of women, and kidnapped nearly 200 innocents during the attack.

DeSantis directed the chancellor of the State University System of Florida, Ray Rodrigues, to notify the University of South Florida and the University of Florida that they must close their respective chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine. The Republican presidential candidate claimed that both universities must take this action as soon as possible because they broke the state laws about terrorism.

In a letter sent to the presidents of both universities, Rodrigues said that the Students for Justice in Palestine distributed a “toolkit” that referred to the terrorist attack as a “resistance” act. Rodrigues added that the toolkit had a phrase that stated that Palestinian students who are in exile are not in “solidarity” with the movement, as they are “part” of it.

The chancellor explained that, under state law, it’s a felony to provide any type of material support to a designated terrorist group like Hamas. He also said that this group committed an “unprovoked attack” on Israel, which led to the killing of 31 Americans who were in the Jewish state, along with 1,400 Israelis.

Rodrigues noted in the letter that the Students for Justice in Palestine identified in its toolkit as part of Hamas’ Operation Al-Aqsa Flood. He also mentioned that, based on the student chapters’ support of Hamas and its terrorist attacks, these must be immediately “deactivated.”

The chancellor concluded his letter by saying that the governor will keep monitoring events on state college campuses to determine if there are more similar cases.

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