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Anti-Israel protests continue on US college and university campuses

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned administrators at several New York universities for the arrests of anti-Israel protesters, while applauding the Biden administration for launching an investigation into alleged Islamophobic discrimination at Emory University.

CAIR’s New York chapter issued a statement denouncing officials at New York University, The New School, the University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University for the arrests.

“We stand in solidarity with the student protesters at these universities who are advocating for justice and an end to the genocide,” Afaf Nasher, executive director of CAIR-NY, said in a statement. “It is deeply troubling to see this continued trend of university administrations resorting to extreme punitive measures against their own students rather than engaging in dialogue and addressing their concerns.”

Nasher also urged district attorneys to drop all charges against the arrested students in an effort to “reaffirm their commitment to supporting their right to peaceful protest and free speech.”

CAIR, which advocates for American Muslims, has defended anti-Israel protesters on college campuses even though some are involved in illegal activities and anti-Semitic rhetoric. The group’s executive director and co-founder, Nihad Awad, previously praised the October 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas.

“The people of Gaza decided to break the siege – the walls of the concentration camp – only on October 7,” Awad said at the 16th Annual Convention for Palestine in the US on November 24. “And yes, I was happy to see the people break the siege and throw off the shackles of their own land and walk freely into the land they were not free to walk on.”

CAIR’s Georgia chapter also praised the Department of Education for opening an investigation into the treatment of Arabs on the Emory University campus, saying the investigation is “a welcome step and one that we hope will lead to answers about the failures of Emory University in addressing the fight against violence.” -Muslim and anti-Palestinian activity since October last year.”

“The Department can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights opened a Title VI Shared Ancestry investigation at Emory University on April 30,” a DOE spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

On Friday, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said he was concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses.

“This is an extremely challenging time for many school communities across the country,” he said in a statement. “What we are witnessing every day on college campuses is deeply concerning, as we hear increasing reports of students feeling unsafe.

“Students should be able to learn, attend classes, and attend graduations without fear or interruption to their educational experience,” he added. “There is never a place for violence on campus. As President Biden said yesterday: ‘In the United States, violent protest is not protected; peaceful protest is.'”