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Fetterman decries college campus ‘pup tents for Hamas’

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May13,2024

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Penn.) ripped into the pro-Palestinian protests roiling college campuses, calling the encampment demonstrations “pup tents” for militant group Hamas.

“Now, of course, it’s a great American value to protest, but I don’t believe living in a pup tent for Hamas is really helpful,” Fetterman said in an interview in NewsNation’s “The Hill Sunday.”

Protests calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza and a halt in U.S. military aid to Israel have persisted for more than a week at a series of college campuses across the country. Some protests — including Columbia University, where the recent wave of demonstrations began — set up encampments on campus in defiance of school administrators.

Several schools called in local and state police to disperse the protests and encampments, leading to the arrests and suspensions of hundreds of students across the country.

“I will say this that it’s very clear, there is a very germ of antisemitism in all of these protests. And then sometimes, it flares up and again,” Fetterman added.

He then pointed to a student protest leader at Columbia University who was heard in a recently resurfaced video from earlier this year saying, “Zionists don’t deserve to live,” and that people should ” “be grateful that I’m not just going out and murdering Zionists. Columbia banned the student last week.

The student, Khymani James, claimed the comments were edited without context.

“And then he defended himself by saying, ‘Well, those were taken out of context.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, that’s very similar to the way that college presidents…that same kind of language and those kinds of monocultures that create situations and that replicates,” Fetterman said. “And it’s no surprise that when you’re kind of seeing this manifest in a campus like this.”

While many of the protests have been reported to be peaceful, concerns were raised over the safety of students and the proliferation of antisemitic rhetoric. The U.S. saw an uptick in antisemitism following Hamas’s Oct. 7 attacks against Israel, and several protest groups pushed back against characterizations of their recent demonstrations as antisemitic.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government called the protests antisemitic and “pro terror” last week.

Fetterman was among a series of lawmakers last week to call on the president of Columbia University to do “her job or resign amid the ongoing unrest.

NewsNation is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also owns The Hill.

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2 thoughts on “Fetterman decries college campus ‘pup tents for Hamas’”
  1. As an American citizen, I completely agree with Sen. Fetterman’s stance on the pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses. Living in pup tents for Hamas does not support productive and peaceful activism.

  2. As an alumna of a college campus, I believe Senator Fetterman’s stance on the protests is somewhat one-sided. While I understand his concerns about antisemitism, demonizing all protestors as living in “pup tents for Hamas” oversimplifies a complex issue. It’s crucial to differentiate between legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and bigotry. Resorting to blanket accusations only hinders meaningful dialogue and solutions.

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