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Mass Arrests at UT Austin Anti-Israel Protests

It took a state like Texas to roll up its sleeves and take a firm stance against the Antisemitism on college campuses, like UT Austin.

At the University of Texas at Austin, President Jay Hartzell took a commendable stand against the rising tide of anti-Israel sentiments that are poisoning our college campuses. In a decisive move, Hartzell enforced campus rules, leading to the arrest of over 30 individuals involved in an anti-Israel protest that aimed to disrupt the university’s daily operations. This action sends a strong message: UT Austin will not be a stage for chaos or Antisemitism.

The backdrop of this firm stance is deeply troubling. Across the nation, from Columbia University to the University of Southern California, there has been a disturbing uptick in anti-Israel, Antisemitic protests. The intensity of these protests, which have led to numerous arrests for trespassing and unlawful assembly, highlights a broader issue within our academic institutions. There’s a growing acceptance of radical ideologies that vilify Israel and, by extension, Jewish students and communities, under the guise of political activism.

President Hartzell’s response was not just about upholding university policies; it was a necessary action against a dangerous precedent being set across American campuses where Antisemitism is becoming normalized under the banner of free speech. By taking a clear stand, UT Austin has shown that while educational institutions are places for learning and debate, they are not sanctuaries for hate-filled agendas.

Moreover, Governor Greg Abbott’s response, condemning the Antisemitism and supporting the expulsion of students who partake in such hate-driven protests, is a pivotal step towards combating this disturbing trend. It’s a call to action for other states to follow suit and protect our universities as places of higher learning, not battlegrounds for ideological warfare.

The situation at UT Austin is a microcosm of a larger battle being waged on the soul of our educational system. Universities across the country must take note and realize that by tolerating these disruptive and often hateful protests, they are not merely allowing free speech but are endorsing a dangerous shift away from the core values of education towards a divisive and destructive form of activism. It’s time for more university leaders to step up as Hartzell did, to safeguard our campuses from becoming hotbeds of radicalism that threaten the fabric of our educational and societal norms.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.