Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stands firmly behind his decision to decertify any pro-Palestinian student groups that align themselves with Hamas on state college campuses. In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate for 2024, emphasized that allowing these groups to openly support “brutal terrorist organizations” would be tantamount to “suicide as a country.”
DeSantis clarified that the pro-Palestinian solidarity group not only stood in solidarity with Hamas but also declared themselves as part of the Hamas movement. He argued that this action goes beyond exercising the right to protest and amounts to providing material support to terrorism. As a result, the group has been decertified.
In a letter written by the chancellor of Florida’s university system, it was revealed that the National Students for Justice in Palestine (National SJP), a student group present at multiple universities in the state, published a “toolkit” that refers to the Hamas operation as “the resistance” and claims that Palestinian students in exile are actively involved in the movement.
DeSantis believes that his decision to decertify the organization is fully justified under the law, as knowingly providing aid or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization is a felony in Florida. He argued that the group’s own words confirm their affiliation with Hamas, going beyond mere solidarity. According to DeSantis, aligning oneself with a group like Hamas takes them out of the realm of normal activity, necessitating action from the state.
DeSantis also questioned the wisdom of allowing a group to openly support a terrorist organization and its implications for the country. He emphasized the need to protect the nation and avoid metastasizing groups that openly side with brutal terrorist organizations. DeSantis firmly stands by his decision and believes it to be the right one for the country’s success.
Governor DeSantis has been outspoken in condemning the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel on October 7, which claimed the lives of over 1,400 Israelis. He recently stated that if elected president, he would cancel student visas and deport foreign nationals who celebrate Hamas.
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