(ConservativeSense.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered the closure of pro-Palestinian groups on college campuses in the Sunshine State. Ray Rodrigues, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, wrote to colleges saying chapters of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) must be immediately dismantled.
The letter explains that it is a felony under Florida law to provide material support to a terrorist organization, which it claimed the SJP had done when it published a “toolkit” to help students support the “resistance” of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
“What we are witnessing now is a heightened stage of the Palestinian struggle–through tearing down colonial infrastructure and liberating our colonized land from illegal settlements and military checkpoints,” the toolkit states. It refers to Israelis as “settlers” throughout, and maintains that they are not civilians but “military assets.”
Mr. DeSantis has already promised to deport Hamas supporters from the United States if elected to the White House next year. “You see students demonstrating in our country in favor of Hamas. Remember, some of them are foreigners,” he said, adding, “I’m canceling your visa and sending you home.”
Governor DeSantis has taken a high-profile approach to the crisis in the Middle East and is the only state leader to organize flights out of Israel for his residents. The Governor hired a private organization specializing in removing people from conflict zones, and his press secretary told reporters that 270 Sunshine State residents have been flown to Tampa since the conflict erupted.
Presidential candidate DeSantis, who is running in second place behind Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, engaged in a war of words with fellow candidate Nikki Haley recently when he accused her of seeking to bring Palestinians to America – something she denies.
DeSantis firmly rejects the idea and insists no Palestinians should come to the US. “Not all of them are Hamas, but they are all antisemitic; none of them believe in Israel’s right to exist,” he said.
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