DeSantis wins fight with pro-Palestinian groups he directed colleges to shut down

A federal judge in Florida denied a pair of lawsuits seeking an injunction on a memo by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) aiming to shut down pro-Palestinian student groups at state-run universities in Florida.

Judge Mark Warner of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida denied motions for injunctions against a memo calling on the Students for Justice in Palestine chapters at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida to be deactivated after the Oct. 7, 2023, terrorist attack in Israel.

Warner ruled that because the universities had not enforced the memo by not deactivating the chapters, they “failed to demonstrate a substantial likelihood of establishing standing.”

State university system Chancellor Ray Rodrigues, after consulting with DeSantis, ordered chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine in
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