Anti-Israel protests sweep US college campuses around the nation

Some organizers of anti-Israel demonstrations seek to radicalize, arm students

 

 

Fox News Senior National Correspondent William LaJeunesse joined Special Report Friday to report on increasing radical student recruitment efforts present at anti-Israel protests on college campuses nationwide.

“Armed struggle is enshrined in law,” showed one confiscated pamphlet. Another, “We are not satisfied with co-existence.”

Going beyond extremist and violent rhetoric, weapons were discovered. Chains, steel cables and buckets of rocks were found and subsequently confiscated by authorities at UT Austin demonstrations last month.

More documents obtained by Fox News purportedly “celebrat[e] the death of innocent Jews and the elimination of Israel.”

Of 79 arrested at UT Austin, 45 were not affiliated with the University. LaJeunesse reported that experts believe “extremist documents lure students in using their sympathy for Palestinians to introduce more extreme views.”

At UCLA on Monday, campus police detained 40 anti-Israel protesters who had metal pipes, chains, epoxy padlocks and documents encouraging vandalism on their persons.

Flags representing the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine are present at most college campus protests nationwide, which the DNI classifies as a “Syria-based terrorist group.”

Prominent Florida lawmaker calls out ‘bankrolled’ organizers of anti-Israel protests

 

 

Byron Donalds, a Republican House member from Florida, said the anti-Israel protests on campuses around the country are calculated. He tweeted his remarks Friday evening with a video clip from a Fox News appearance.

“These protests are ON PURPOSE.

These protests are BY-DESIGN.

These protests are HIGHLY-ORGANIZED.

These protests encourage OUTSIDE AGITATORS.

These protests are bankrolled by DEMOCRAT mega-donors.

There’s a reason why all the tents we see across America’s campuses are the same.”

There have been more than 2,600 arrests on campuses over the last two weeks, but only a handful from Florida.

Portland police expands bike patrol during heightened anti-Israel protests on PSU campus

 

 

The City of Portland has added an extra police bicycling crew to its bureau, and Mayor Ted Wheeler said it’s a welcome addition to a crew that’s already made an impact.

“The @PortlandPolice Central Bike Squad has made a tremendous impact downtown – and we’re excited to announce they are expanding. A new team of 4 officers and 1 sergeant will now work evenings and weekends,” the mayor tweeted.

The new force adds four officers and one sergeant to its existing five members, of which the team already works Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The new team of five will work shifts Wednesday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. That schedule could be adjusted for special missions, officials said.

“I am thrilled to be in a position to expand the Central Bike Squad,” Portland Police Bureau Chief Bob Day said. “Our Bike Squad does incredible work Downtown and growing the team will only improve upon that work. In addition, adding resources to our Bike Squad furthers my goals of transforming the dynamic between police and the public and reducing crime and the fear of crime.”

Although the police department said its bike crew “will strategically address crime and livability issues, including drug dealing, unlawful weapons possession, stolen vehicles, graffiti, and other vandalism,” it will focus on downtown and the entertainment district.

Portland State University has been a hotspot for anti-Israel protesters in the last two weeks. One week ago, PPB arrested 30 protesters who took over the PSU library twice in one day.

Penn University says only 9 of the 33 arrested during Friday’s anti-Israel protests were students

 

 

University of Pennsylvania officials said less than a third of the protesters arrested Friday during anti-Israel protests on campus were students.

“Penn police have now confirmed 9 Penn students were among the 33 individuals arrested — the other 24 individuals have no Penn affiliation,” the university said in a statement.

“The arrested individuals were given code violation notices for defiant trespass and were released quickly throughout the morning. Upon searching the encampment, Penn police recovered several homemade weapons devised chains, bolts, and other metal parts.”

“At approximately 5:30am this morning, Penn Police, with support from the Philadelphia Police Department, took steps to remove the unauthorized encampment on College Green,” a spokesperson said. “Protestors were given multiple warnings that they were trespassing and offered the opportunity to voluntarily leave and avoid citation.

“Those who chose to stay did so knowing that they would be arrested and removed,” the spokesperson added. “Approximately 33 individuals were arrested without incident and cited for defiant trespass.”

Interim UPenn President J. Larry Jameson and other top university officials released a joint statement this morning saying the encampment’s removal was an “unfortunate but necessary step to prevent violence, restore operations, and return our campus to our community.”

“We have worked with serious intention for nearly two weeks to engage the protestors on College Green, who were notified on April 26th — the second day of the encampment — that they were in violation of Penn’s policies,” the administrators wrote. “This outreach has been met by unreasonable demands and a dangerous escalation of the encampment.”

 

11 taken into custody after New School anti-Israel protests

 

 

Thursday’s anti-Israel protests at the New School in New York City resulted in more than 10 protesters taken into custody, per the NYPD.

In a statement provided to Fox News Digital by DCPI, “On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 1600 hours, police responded to a demonstration that took place at 63 5 Avenue, within the confines of the 6 Precinct.”

“The demonstration concluded at 2155 hours. A total of 11 individuals were taken into custody.”

Charges filed included harassment, disorderly conduct (obstructing traffic), escape, and criminal mischief.

Of those taken into custody, ages ranged from 22 to 46. One was labeled as ‘undomiciled.’

Fox News Digital has reached out to the New School for comment.

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ASU Police chief takes paid leave after Tempe protests, complaints

 

 

FOX10 Phoenix reported Friday that ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson has taken a paid administrative leave of absence after complaints were made against ” alleged actions from April 26 to 27.”

In the late hours of April 26, nearly 70 arrests were made of anti-Israel protesters present at the Old Main area of ASU’s Tempe campus.

ASU graduate Nyarah Breed told FOX10 Phoenix at a subsequent press conference, “I think everyone should have the right to protest for what they believe in, and I feel like everyone should have the right to [free] speech, especially here on ASU’s campus.”

In the interim, the acting chief of ASU Police will be the former Assistant Chief John Thompson.

ASU’s statement concludes that the “ASU Office of General Counsel is directing a review of actions surrounding the establishment and removal of an encampment on the Alumni Lawn.”

“Upon completion of the review, ASU will provide an update on its findings.”