White House condemns ‘despicable’ actions at pro-Palestinian college protests

The White House issued a strong rebuke of the antisemitic threats that have been shouted at pro-Palestinian protests at college campuses across the country, most notably Columbia University.

Large groups have gathered at Columbia, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Some protesters have gone further by calling for the death of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reportedly targeting Jewish students with threats. The White House condemned the “blatantly Antisemitic” rhetoric in a statement issued on Sunday.

New York City police officers in riot gear stand guard as demonstrators chant slogans outside the Columbia University campus, Thursday, April 18, 2024, in New York. The protesters were calling for the school to divest from corporations they claim profit from the war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“While every American has the right to peaceful protest, calls for
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