Several Republican presidential candidates during Wednesday night’s GOP primary debate called for the deportation of foreign students who support Hamas in the wake of Israel’s war against the terrorist group when asked to weigh in on the rise of anti-Semitism on campuses. university students.
“What would you say to Jewish students on college campuses who feel unsafe in the face of the dramatic rise in anti-Semitism? And what do you say to university presidents and college presidents who have not found the moment of moral clarity to strongly condemn Hamas terrorism? Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Jewish Policy Center, asked the five candidates on stage in Miami.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the main electoral candidate who participated in the forum, noted that he was the first Republican candidate for the White House to call for the deportation of foreign students who sympathize with terrorism during the election campaign.
“If you are here on a student visa as a foreign citizen [and] You are making common cause with Hamas, I will cancel your visa and send you home. No questions will be asked,” the Florida governor promised.
DeSantis went on to suggest that President Biden “should have the Department of Justice on these college campuses” investigating possible civil rights violations occurring against Jewish students, and criticized the White House for announcing an initiative to combat Islamophobia amid harassment of Jewish students on college campuses across the country.
“I already performed in Florida,” DeSantis said. “We had a group – Students for Justice in Palestine – they said they were common cause with Hamas, they said not only are we in solidarity, this is who we are. We deactivate them, we are not going to use state tax money to finance jihad. No way.”
Republican presidential candidates during Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate called for the deportation of foreign students who support Hamas following Israel’s war against the terrorist group.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) also called for the deportation of students with visas who support Hamas, adding that he would strip colleges and universities of federal funding if they continue to allow anti-Semitic protests to occur.
“Let me say to all of America’s university presidents that federal funding is a privilege, not a right,” Scott said.
“Any campus that allows anti-Semitism and hate, that allows students to foment terrorism, mass murder and genocide, should lose its federal funding today, period,” he added.
Scott also touted his efforts to combat anti-Semitism through several federal laws, which he has introduced since 2017.
“We must force people to leave those campuses and leave our country,” Scott said of students with visas who support Hamas.
Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley called for a national “soul search” to “remember who we are.”
“Let me remind you something: Hamas said ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America.’ They hate you and they would kill you too,” Haley said in a response directed at students who support Hamas.
“Those are not American values. That’s not us. We are better than that. We don’t need to celebrate terrorists. We don’t need to celebrate genocide. “We don’t need to celebrate violence towards anyone,” he added.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy distinguished himself from his rivals with his response, calling for “leadership, not censorship” for university students with anti-Semitic views, which he called a “scourge” and a sign of a “deeper cancer” in the country.
“Leadership means filling that void with purpose and meaning,” Ramaswamy argued. “Dilute this wokeness and anti-Semitism to irrelevance.”
“These kids have no idea what the hell they’re talking about,” he added. “When they side with Hamas over Israel, they are fools.”
Ramaswamy warned that “if we follow the lead of Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley,” other types of opinions could also be censored on college campuses.
“Mark my words, they will soon say that if you question a vaccine and its side effects you are a bioterrorist. Soon they will say that if you show up to a school board meeting, you are a domestic terrorist. Soon, if they say that J6 prisoners should be released, you are an insurrectionary terrorist. So that’s where this road ends.”
“We don’t suppress this with censorship because that creates the worst vulnerability. “We stifle it through leadership by denouncing it,” he said, arguing that his position respects “our Constitution.”