Several Arrested During Protest At UT Austin

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The escalating violence between Israel and Hamas has sparked outrage and protests across the world, and unfortunately, these tensions have now spilled onto the college campuses here in the US.

Now, Hundreds of students at the University of Texas at Austin decided to walk out of their classrooms in a show of support for Palestine, and what ensued was nothing short of chaos.

As Governor Greg Abbott aptly pointed out, these protesters should be ashamed of themselves and should be arrested. Their blatant display of anti-Semitism and support for a known terrorist organization is utterly unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our great state.

This is not an issue of free speech but rather an issue of hate-filled rhetoric and violence. These students have crossed the line and should face consequences for their actions.

What is even more concerning is their demand for the university system to divest from companies that manufacture machinery used in war. Are these students really suggesting that we should cut off crucial ties and support from our ally, Israel, in the name of “peace”?

This is not only ignorant but dangerous. Our government and businesses should continue to support and work closely with Israel, a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, not turn our backs on them.

President Jay Hartzell was right to stand firm and enforce the rules of the University. We cannot allow these radical students to disrupt the learning environment for others and trample on the rights of those who do not share their extreme views.

It is despicable to see that some of these protesters were not even affiliated with UT, and yet they chose to join in on the chaos and disobey University officials. This only goes to show the mob mentality that is sweeping our nation’s college campuses.

Thankfully, the Texas Department of Public Safety and law enforcement officers were quick to respond to the University’s call for help. They made 34 arrests of those engaging in criminal activity or trespassing. We must commend them for their efforts in maintaining the peace and preventing any further disruption on campus.

It is shocking to see the rising tide of anti-Semitism on our college campuses, and it is crucial that we take a stand against it. We cannot allow these extremist students to promote hate and violence under the guise of free speech.