Updated May 4th, 2024 at 18:42 IST

GOP Launches Initiative to Curb Pro-Palestinian Protests on College Campuses

The initiative aims to unify the GOP behind a common cause, signalling a rare moment of cohesion within the party.

Reported by: Sagar Kar
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House Republicans, led by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), are gearing up to address violence and destruction stemming from campus protests against the Israel-Hamas conflict. In an interview with Axios, Johnson outlined plans to pressure colleges into taking action, emphasizing the party's commitment to accountability.

Johnson stressed the importance of leveraging legislative tools to hold college officials accountable for unrest during protests. Among the proposed measures are the elimination of tax breaks and the consideration of stripping student visas for those sympathetic to groups like Hamas, designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S.


An opportunity to unite the GOP?

The initiative aims to unify the GOP behind a common cause, signaling a rare moment of cohesion within the party. Johnson emphasized the need for deliberate action to grab the attention of university officials and ensure immediate accountability.


A tactic to expose the Democrats?

However, the move may pose challenges for Democrats, particularly with progressive pro-Palestinian voters who have criticized U.S. support for Israel. Some Republicans argue that Democrats are not meeting them halfway on the issue.


One GOP lawmaker highlighted frustrations with what they perceive as Democrats' reluctance to engage in bipartisan cooperation. The pushback underscores the partisan divide on the issue, with Republicans aiming to assert their stance on pro-Palestinian protests.

The GOP's offensive on campus demonstrations reflects a broader effort to address concerns surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict, with Johnson and fellow Republicans positioning themselves as advocates for Israel. 


Published May 4th, 2024 at 18:42 IST