Pro-Palestine Campus Protests Strike Britain

( – Right Wing has reported extensively on the pro-Palestine/anti-Israel protests sweeping the nation’s colleges and universities. On April 1, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Republican Congressional Caucus Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) held a press conference to announce a GOP-led effort to end those anti-Semitic demonstrations and push back on university officials for their failure to protect Jewish students. A recent report indicated the campus protests have now struck Britain.

On May 2, The Daily Mail UK published a report detailing the spread of pro-Palestine protests throughout the United Kingdom by British students inspired by US campus demonstrations. The report noted that although the protests were widespread, protesters appear to have targeted Russell Group universities, an association comprised of 24 of the UK’s most prestigious research universities.

Like their American counterparts, students at the University of Bristol displayed hand-crafted banners between tents calling on university officials to sever ties with arms manufacturers and back rising calls for a ceasefire between Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Likewise, protesters at Manchester University displayed Palestinian flags and banners at Brunswick Park demanding university heads “end” their partnerships with companies, groups, and other systems that support Israel. Demonstrators waved similar signs and placards at Newcastle University, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Leeds.

Great Britain News reported that protesters established encampments at Warwick University several days ago. One of the school’s student groups boasted the protesters had “[risen] up in unison with fellow students” from Columbia University in New York City to other schools spanning from Paris, France, to Sydney, Australia.

A No. 10 Downing Street spokesperson stressed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s support for students’ rights to “peaceful and lawful protest.” However, he stated protesters “shouldn’t abuse that [privilege] to intimidate others, or [create] unnecessary disruption.”

The spokesperson also cautioned that law enforcement officials have “extensive public order powers” to address any disorder arising at the protests and would have the full support of the Prime Minister’s Office if they needed to confront the demonstrators.

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