White House bobs and weaves through questions on Gaza campus protests

The White House danced around questions Tuesday regarding the string of pro-Palestinian protests taking place on college campuses across the country, condemning displays of antisemitism from some protesters while also declining to say if President Joe Biden planned any type of interaction with the activists.

Students began camping out on the green at Columbia University last week, resulting in more than 100 arrests, and protests have also spread to Yale University, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Michigan in the ensuing days. Some of the protesters are directly calling for Biden to change his policies pursuant to Israel and its offensive in Gaza.

Biden originally condemned the “vile comments” made by some protesters in a statement issued on Passover Monday, and White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates expanded on those
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