In light of the continuing conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, Florida authorities have mandated that all pro-Palestinian student clubs be disbanded throughout the state’s universities and colleges.
Tuesday, Chancellor Ray Rodrigues of the State University System delivered a letter to the heads of all state universities, instructing them to shut down local organizations of the National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in reaction to Hamas’ assault on Israel early this month.
According to a Florida media outlet, The National Students for Justice in Palestine (National SJP) released a ‘toolkit’ before the ‘Day of Resistance’ that, as Rodrigues noted in his letter, unambiguously states that ‘Palestinian pupils in exile are a part of this movement.
According to Rodrigues, knowingly providing tangible assistance to a certified foreign terrorist organization is a crime in the state of Florida. The National SJP has confirmed that this was a terrorist act carried out as part of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood. Rodrigues declared in the letter that local chapters of the National SJP do not operate independently of the parent group.
After consulting with Governor DeSantis, the chapters of the National SJP will be shut down because the organization supports terrorism. These two student groups may merge to establish a new organization if it is within Florida and campus guidelines.
Nearly three weeks have passed since Hamas, the government of Gaza designated as a terrorist group by the United States, started an onslaught on Israel, killing over 1,400 people. According to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, Israel has retaliated with a barrage of airstrikes, killing 6,546 Palestinians and injuring 17,439.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has disbanded the student chapters, a decision condemned by Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy, who said that seeking to muzzle the students’ freedom of expression will not fix any issues.
Meanwhile, in a recent proclamation, the Florida Republican Assembly urged Governor Ron DeSantis to return to Florida and resume his duties as governor.
DeSantis delayed announcing his candidacy until the statute in Florida allowing him to run for presidential office was altered.
The Republican Assembly of Florida is now demanding that he come back. They issued a statement imploring DeSantis to return to Florida and resume leading the Sunshine State.