U.S. Senate unanimously condemns pro-Palestine protests at UNC and other campuses

Members of Students for Justice in Palestine lead a demonstration outside WIlson Library Oct. 11. (Sofia Casini / Carolina Connection)

The U.S. Senate Thursday unanimously passed a resolution that condemns antisemitism on college campuses. And the resolution specifically mentions the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. It says that group is among several nationwide that “have praised and justified the actions of Hamas.”

The resolution was introduced by Missouri senator Josh Hawley, a prominent Republican. On the Senate floor, he gave examples of the demonstrations on college campuses that the resolution condemns.

“At the George Washington University, pro-Hamas students projected onto the side of the university library various antisemitic, anti-Israel, pro-genocide slogans,” Hawley said on the Senate floor, “including ‘Glory to our martyrs’ in reference to the terrorists who attacked the state of Israel.”

Hawley said colleges aren’t doing enough to dissuade these demonstrations. The resolution specifically named UNC, Harvard, New York University, Ohio State, the University of Virginia, and Columbia University.

“Clearly these institutions have failed these students, which is why we need to speak with moral clarity,” Hawley said. “This is a moment for us to say the genocide is wrong, that terrorist attacks against Jews are wrong.”

UNC’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine held a campus demonstration after the Hamas attack on Israel. They called for the U.S. to stop supporting Israel, and protesters carried signs that said “No occupation” and “Zionism will not win.” They expressed outrage over Israeli airstrikes that killed civilians in Gaza.

We reached out to the UNC Students for Justice in Palestine chapter for reaction to the Senate vote, but they didn’t respond.


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