(USNewsMag.com) – Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is speaking out against George Washington University for allowing anti-Israel messaging to be projected onto a campus building on Oct. 24.
The group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) projected messages onto the Gelman Library building in Washington, D.C., that said, “Free Palestine from the River to the Sea,” “Glory to our martyrs,” as well as “Divestment from Zionist genocide now.” The group was stopped from continuing to project the messages by the police.
In response to the incident, Hawley took to Twitter, writing that Senate Democrats had blocked his proposed resolution “condemning this filth.” He then asked if this would be condemned by the GW leadership.
The nonprofit Stop Antisemitism also condemned the incident on Twitter, writing that “horrifying messages” were being projected on the library that glorified the Hamas terrorists who killed 1,400 people in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel. The post continued by requesting the “President @PresidentofGW to immediately expel those involved.”
This is not the first time Hawley has spoken out about the anti-Israel messaging happening on college campuses. On Oct. 19, Hawley proposed a unanimous consent resolution that would have condemned antisemitic speech that is occurring on college campuses. On the floor, he used examples of how Ohio State students praised the attacks as “heroic resistance.” He also referenced another incident at the University of North Carolina where students said that they would remain in “solidarity” with Gaza “no matter the pathway to liberation.” Hawley, in introducing the resolution, said that it is not just a different opinion to call for “a genocide against Jewish people.” While it was blocked by Democratic Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen on the first try, it was passed by the Senate on the second try on Oct. 26.
On Oct. 16, Hawley also sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, requesting the Department of Justice investigate the pro-Palestinian student organizations that are involved with the protests occurring on college campuses as well as if the groups are receiving any funding from a third party such as Hamas.
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