White House’s reac­tion to cam­pus protests sets off alarm bells for some Democ­rats

White House’s reaction to campus protests sets off alarm bells for some Democrats

The White House‘s attempt to strike a bal­ance in its response to pro-Pales­tin­ian protests on var­i­ous col­lege cam­pus­es has some Democ­rats con­cerned about the elec­tion in Novem­ber.
Protests on sev­er­al col­lege cam­pus­es, includ­ing Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, have caused secu­ri­ty and safe­ty con­cerns for Jew­ish stu­dents. The demon­stra­tors at Colum­bia have cre­at­ed an encamp­ment and have alleged­ly harassed and intim­i­dat­ed Jew­ish stu­dents as the pro­test­ers decry Israel in its war against Hamas ter­ror­ists in Gaza.
On Mon­day, Pres­i­dent Joe Biden offered a qual­i­fied con­dem­na­tion of the pro­test­ers who were cross­ing the line into anti­semitism, which includ­ed con­demn­ing peo­ple he claims “don’t under­stand” what is going on with Pales­tini­ans.
“I con­demn the anti­se­mit­ic protests,” Biden said on Mon­day. “That’s why I have set up a pro­gram to deal with that. I also con­demn those who don’t under­stand what’s going on with the Pales­tini­ans.”
Lat­er on Mon­day, the pres­i­dent offered up a stronger con­dem­na­tion by say­ing that “we must speak out against the alarm­ing surge of anti­semitism — in our schools, com­mu­ni­ties, and online.”
“Silence is com­plic­i­ty. Even in recent days, we’ve seen harass­men …