Said pro-Palestinian protesters “do not have the right to cause chaos”

Unlike our Prime Minister, President Joe Biden has decried in the strongest possible terms the violence stemming from pro-Palestinian protests across college campuses.

“Violent protest is not protected,” he said in an unscheduled speech from the White House, affirming his dedication to both the right to free speech and peaceful protests and the rule of law.

“Destroying property is not a peaceful protest. It’s against the law.

“Vandalism, trespassing, breaking windows, shutting down campuses, forcing the cancellation of classes and graduations. None of this is a peaceful protest.

“Threatening people, intimidating people, instilling fear in people is not peaceful protest. It’s against the law.”

The remarks are the first time the president has spoken out on the issue since the protests escalated over the past few days.

Dissent is “essential to democracy,” he said, but that dissent should not lead to chaos.

He also took a moment to speak out against anti-Semitism.

“There should be no place on any campus, no place in America for anti-Semitism or threats of violence against Jewish students,” President Biden said.

“It’s simply wrong. There’s no place for racism in America. It’s all wrong. It’s not American.”

The president’s statement comes after pro-Palestine demonstrations on college campuses across the country turned violent and warranted responses from law enforcement.

The past few days have seen several interventions by universities and local and state law enforcement to disperse protests nationwide.

The New York Police Department shut down encampments at City College and Columbia University on April 30, where protesters broke into and occupied Hamilton Hall, arresting 282 from both locations. A new encampment has sprouted at nearby Fordham University. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other California law enforcement agencies shut down a protest at UCLA in the early hours of May 2 after declaring the on-campus encampment illegal.

Protesters refused to leave, and more than 130 were arrested.

The University also said students involved could face disciplinary measures such as interim suspension and, after going through the student conduct process, dismissal.

However, the LAPD’s response comes after the encampment clashed with pro-Israel counter-protesters on April 30, sparking a response from California Governor Gavin Newsom.

“The limited and delayed campus law enforcement response at UCLA last night was unacceptable—and it demands answers,” he stated. More than 100 protesters were also arrested last week at the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Texas’s Austin campus.

In response to the protest, USC decided to cancel its mainstage graduation ceremony.

“People have the right to get an education, the right to get a degree, the right to walk across the campus safely without fear of being attacked,” President Biden said.

These were tough words and actions from Biden, the police and at least some of the universities in the USA.

So how does this compare with Prime Minister Albanese’s response and that of our Federal Minister for Education, Jason Clare, and our Universities?

Albanese has certainly spoken against violence – but what has he actually done to stop it?

Likewise, Jason Clare appears to be missing-in-action on this issue.

His colleagues Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles have done much the same – in their case in relation to dangerous detainees running wild in our community and out-of-control immigration.

This government seems to think it can just run and hide until the media loses interest. That’s not going to happen!

In Jason Clare’s situation, his electorate has the highest proportion of people identifying as Islamic, 31%, so is that part of the problem?

Are votes more important than morality?

University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor Mark Scott

And then we have the response from Mark Scott – the former head of the ABC and now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

He has reportedly said that he sees nothing wrong with his students chanting “From the river to the sea – Palestine will be free!” He has decided that it doesn’t breach the university’s code of conduct.

The slogan is a call for the end of the state of Israel. It’s a call for the annihilation of Jews living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, which includes the state of Israel.

He is quoted as saying “I don’t think this is automatically anti-Semitic.”

Really!?

And it appears he is also okay with very young kids on his campus being led to chant calls for ‘intifada’, which is an Arabic word for ‘uprising’, usually of a violent nature.

Given his background at the ABC, perhaps we shouldn’t really be surprised, given some of the comments we’ve heard from ABC presenters on this issue.

Mark Scott certainly appears to be quite relaxed about this vile speech on his campus!

Hopefully, greater minds will prevail and he will be sacked by the University – but don’t count on it.

Whatever excuses these politicians and University administrators come up with, the simple truth is that it’s their job to stop the violent behaviour that’s caused by pro-Palestine demonstrators.

To date, in Australia, they have totally failed to do that.

Thanks to T.J. Muscaro at The Epoch Times for much of this article’s content. Images and cartoon are courtesy of Johannes Leak, Sydney Morning Herald and Brett on X.

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