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House Panel Grills More University Heads Amid Ongoing Student Protests

HeadlineMay 24, 2024

A House panel held another hearing Thursday on student Palestinian solidarity protests with the heads of Northwestern University, Rutgers University and the University of California, Los Angeles. While Republican lawmakers again sought to amplify alleged antisemitism on campuses, Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioned UCLA Chancellor Gene Block on failing to protect his students when a violent pro-Israeli mob, many of them outsiders, attacked peaceful protesters.

Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Because of your inaction, they acted on the intention and brutally attacked students you were responsible for. This happened in front of your eyes, on your campus, and it was live-streamed for the whole world to see. So, I would like to know, if you are truly committed to keeping your students safe, how did you fail these students at many critical points where you could have intervened?”

Gene Block: “Thank you for the question, but I really — I’m sorry, but I reject the premise. These students were encamped — these students” —

Rep. Ilhan Omar: “How do you reject the premise? Are these pictures lying?

Gene Block: “Can I” —

Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Are these pictures — are any of these people in jail?”

The mob attacked the pro-Palestinian students at the encampment with metal bars and two-by-fours. We’ll have more on this hearing after headlines with Northwestern professor Steven Thrasher.

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