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Pro-Palestinian Protesters Arrested for Disrupting House Antisemitism Hearing

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  • About a dozen pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested during a House hearing on antisemitism on campuses.
  • The protesters were interrupting witness remarks during the hearing.
  • Some of the protesters were charged with illegally protesting and assaulting a police officer.

About a dozen pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested by Capitol officers from a House hearing on free speech and the rise of antisemitism on campuses of American colleges and universities after interrupting witness remarks on Wednesday morning.

The protest organizers said seven students were arrested and were taken to the Capitol Police Headquarters. Students attended the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Free Speech and Antisemitism on College Campuses, organized by local Justice in Palestine, or SJP, chapters, Dissenters, and the DC Young Communist League.

The Public Information Office for the Capitol Police confirmed to the Washington Examiner that approximately 10 people were charged with illegally protesting inside a Congressional Office Building, and one of the demonstrators was also charged with assaulting a police officer.

“The inaction by our universities is contributing to the dehumanization of Palestinians and creating an hostile campus climate that actively harms students,” said Hafiza Khalique of New York University and a member of Dissenters in a press release.

“The rights and safety of Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim, and other students of color must be protected,” Sydney Thornton of Howard University said.

Moments after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) swore in Connor Ogrydziak, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo and former chairman of the university’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom as a witness, a protester stood up holding a sign reading “Pro-Palestine [doesn’t equal] antisemitism.”

“We will remove every single person who disrupts the committee,” Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said.

Ogrydziak attempted to make opening statements multiple times but was interpreted by more demonstrators who were led out of the room in the Rayburn House Office Building.

“Palestinians deserve to speak on the genocide of their families,” a third demonstrator shouted before a Capitol officer removed the woman, telling her, “Sit down or you’ll be arrested.”

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Protesters called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Hamas terrorists have killed more than 1,400 Israeli citizens and taken more than 200 hostages, according to Israeli officials. The Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry said that more than 10,000 have been killed in Gaza by strikes by Israeli forces as of this week.

Other protesters denounced lawmakers for censuring Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the only Palestinian American member of Congress.

The House voted late Tuesday night to censure Tlaib over her comments about Israel and Palestinians since the terror attack by Hamas on Oct. 7. The censure measure, written by Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA), passed in a 234-188 vote — with 22 Democrats in support and four Republicans voting against it.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted a House hearing on antisemitism on campuses, leading to their arrest.

These individuals, who were charged with illegally protesting and assaulting a police officer, chose to interrupt witness remarks during the hearing.

It is vital to uphold free speech and allow for open discussions on college campuses, but disrupting a hearing undermines the democratic process.

Furthermore, their demands for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip fail to acknowledge the Hamas terrorists’ responsibility for the ongoing conflict.

It is crucial to address antisemitism and protect the rights of all students, but it should not come at the expense of productive dialogue and respect for the rule of law.

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17 Comments

  1. robert

    November 9, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    why arent these insurrectionest arrested and put in jail.

    • BobtheGrape

      November 12, 2023 at 11:25 am

      Why aren’t they just taken out and shot? They don’t like this country, send them to their maker!

    • Patriot_USA

      November 12, 2023 at 7:28 pm

      My thoughts exactly! The leftist can attack regular police, Capital police, destroy police property, Capital and Federal property, Civilian property, Hurt and kill civilians, riot and more! YET, No listing as American Terrorist, Or Insurrectionist, NO Riker’s Prison! NO FBI 6 AM break into homes, News there to film with faces pasted all over World Wide news sites! NOTHING!
      Our country is so DAMNED! MY absolute Opinion and thoughts, which a great many tens of thousands if not greater now believe, we our truly heading for a Revolution or Civil War II! Our nations is no LONGER a “UNITED Nation”, NO longer a Nation with Border for States, no longer a Nation with ALL under the same LAWS and EQUAL JUSTICE!

  2. D-day48

    November 12, 2023 at 6:44 am

    Are they in the DC gulag with the Jan 6th people rotting in jail for a lot less?

  3. ernaldo

    November 12, 2023 at 7:32 am

    Exile/deport the leftist scum. Somalia is nice this time of year…..

  4. Doug_S

    November 12, 2023 at 7:45 am

    They should be arrested for interfering with an official proceeding and treat as the January 6 protesters

  5. sssilv48

    November 12, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Transfer these low life dirt bags to a muslime country, loss of American citizenship and if they are here on a scholarship from overseas, get rid of them

  6. Sue

    November 12, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Remember the movie “Enemy at the Gate?” Well they aren’t at the gate anymore, they have been welcomed with open arms into the country by this administration. They are imbedded here, and even in politics. Exactly what Klaus Schwab has wanted for decades. The 4th Reich is alive and well. And now the universities are churning out demons.

  7. MD

    November 12, 2023 at 9:09 am

    It’s way past time!

  8. EMMA

    November 12, 2023 at 9:31 am

    HOW CAN WE HAVE PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN AMERICA. THEY STAND FOR TERRORISTS BUT NOT FOR ISRAEL OR AMERICA. EITHER JAIL THEM LIKE THEY DID FOR J6 OR DEPORT THEM. I HOPE THEY AL GO TO GAZA. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THESE DISGUSTING TRAITORS.WE ARE TO WEAK, THEY ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED IF THEY LET PEOPLE LIKE THIS RUN AMOCK IN THE USA.GET RID OF OMAR, TLAIB, AOC, BUSCH,JAMAL BOWMAN. PLUS EVERYONE WHO STANDS WITH HAMAS IN OUR CONGRESS. THIS IS AMERICA. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR TRAITORS LIKE THIS.

  9. Cece

    November 12, 2023 at 9:44 am

    I totally agree with Sue! But the blame should go on to those scum
    Professors brainwashing the students that Socialism is a good thing. Socialism is just a fancy word for COMMUNISM!!!! Don’t these students have a brain of their own??….. They all have smartphones, they better start researching on their own. Because when they’re handed 1 roll of toilet paper 🧻 & told to make it last for a month!! Don’t come crying, because it will fall on deaf ears!!!
    It’ll be entirely too late!!!!

  10. Cece

    November 12, 2023 at 9:52 am

    YOU GO EMMA!!!
    I 2nd THAT ALL THE WAY!!!! 👍🏻

  11. Dinosaur

    November 12, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Why are these protesters any different than J6th? This is EXACTLY what happened on J6th, ALL of these protesters are insurrectionists and NEED to be treated EXACTLY like the J6th protesters. JAIL THEM WITHOUT DUE PROCESS AND KEEP THEM IN JAIL FOREVER LIKE OUR PATRIOTS. Two tiered justice system sucks!!!

    • Don

      November 12, 2023 at 11:01 am

      The reason these protesters are treated differently is simple, they are backed by the dumbocrat party. If you pay attention, people like these protesters are always treated different. They are given a slap on the wrist, then apologized to, then given money. This country is headed in the wrong direction and heir biden is pushing it down as fast as he can. Don’t be to upset though, he will be reelected the same way he was elected.

  12. stuman15

    November 12, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    First of all, most of these demonstrators are stupid college students who have no idea what they are protesting. Second, if the protesting students are from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria or any other country in that region, cancel their student visas and ship them back to where they came from. All schools all students with student visas from any country mentioned above. Arrest everyone else just like the Jan 6 people and throw them in jail/ Let them rot in solitary confinement until some judge sentences them to 10 years in jail.

  13. Franque

    November 12, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    They should be in DC jail have trial serve jail sentence and then deported and not allowed back in USA.

  14. Sandra

    November 12, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    J6’s are not the enemy. They were defending America and the Constitution. Democrats had the J6’s jailed because they questioned the power and control the democrats wanted to exercise over the people – all in the name of democracy.
    These recent protesters are enemies of America. I as a woman would not want to live under the rule of Islam.

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