Posted on April 29, 2024

Pro-Palestine Protester Tells Counter-Demonstrator ‘You’re Just a White Person, We Don’t Like White People’

James Gordon, Daily Mail, April 27, 2024

A woman was caught on camera being openly racist at a pro-Palestine demonstration in the UCLA encampment in Southern California on Saturday.

‘You’re just a white person. Get out. We don’t like white people!’ the woman said angrily to the camera while continuing to wave the Palestinian flag she was waving and chanting ‘Free Palestine!’

The footage was captured by skeptical journalist Cam Higby who put it to the protestor that she was ‘just being mad that Hamas is hiding behind civilians.’

In later tweets, Higby explained that the woman then tried to attack him after he filmed her and that she had been speaking Arabic and screaming about Jewish colonizers during her time in the protest.

On Saturday, police detained more than 200 people at various universities across the country where encampments have been set up including at Northeastern University in Boston, Arizona State University and Indiana University.

Social media posts in Boston showed security forces in riot gear and officers loading tents onto the back of a truck.

In the Southwest, Arizona State University police arrested 69 people for trespassing after the group set up an ‘unauthorized encampment’ on campus.

The action in Boston was taken after some protesters resorted to ‘virulent anti-Semitic slurs, including ‘Kill the Jews,” Northeastern University said in a statement on X.

Arizona State officials said a protest group — ‘most of whom were not ASU students, faculty or staff’, had set up a camp on Friday and then ignored repeated orders to disperse.

In total, more than 700 protesters have been arrested on U.S. campuses since April 18.

The campus protests have posed a major challenge to university administrators across the country who are trying to balance commitments to free expression with complaints that the rallies have veered into anti-Semitism and hate speech.

Police have carried out large-scale arrests at universities in recent days, at times using chemical irritants and tasers to disperse demonstrators.

In a statement on X, Northeastern said the area on campus where the protests were held was now ‘fully secured’ and ‘all campus operations have returned to normal.’

The school said it made the move after ‘what began as a student demonstration two days ago was infiltrated by professional organizers with no affiliation to Northeastern.’

It added that detained individuals who produced a valid school ID have been released and will face disciplinary proceedings, but not legal action.

‘Those who refused to disclose their affiliation were arrested,’ the school said.

Dozens of students remained encamped on Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania, despite the college president ordering disbandment after what he said were ‘credible reports of harassing and intimidating conduct.’

Meanwhile, Columbia University in New York, where the protests originated, was relatively calm on Saturday.

Officials there announced on Friday that they would not be calling police back to campus after more than 100 people were arrested last week.

‘To bring back the NYPD at this time would be counterproductive, further inflaming what is happening on campus, and drawing thousands to our doorstep who would threaten our community,’ school leaders said in a statement, referring to the New York Police Department.

The decision was made even as Columbia signaled it had barred from campus Khymani James, a leader of the campus protests who had said in a video in January that ‘Zionists don’t deserve to live,’ and ‘Be grateful that I’m not just going out and murdering Zionists.’

‘Chants, signs, taunts and social media posts from our own students that mock and threaten to ‘kill’ Jewish people are totally unacceptable, and Columbia students who are involved in such incidents will be held accountable,’ the school said.

On the other side of the country, California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt announced it was closing campus until the end of the semester, with instruction and work continuing remotely after protesters repeatedly attempted to ‘break into multiple locked buildings with the intention of either locking themselves in, vandalizing or stealing equipment.’

Canada saw its first campus protest camp spring up on Saturday at McGill University.

The school in Montreal said such encampments, which are not permitted, increase ‘the potential for escalation and confrontation, as we have seen at some colleges throughout the US.’