Dozens Arrested


( – Highlighting the extreme left’s alarming grasp on university students and their support for the terrorist group Hamas, forty-one students at Brown University were taken into custody following a sit-in at University Hall, where they demanded the university’s immediate divestment from companies allegedly supporting the Israeli military’s activities in Gaza and called for a ceasefire.

Brian Clark, a university spokesperson, told the campus newspaper that the occupation of secured buildings is unacceptable, and the university is considering escalating criminal charges for similar future incidents. The students involved in the sit-in were processed on-site to streamline their arrest procedures.

This protest is the second notable instance in recent weeks where students have trespassed in a secure, non-residential building after hours. Clark emphasized that the university anticipates recommending more severe criminal misdemeanor charges for any further incidents.

In November, a group called BrownU Jews for Ceasefire Now held a similar sit-in at University Hall, resulting in the arrest of nearly two dozen members. Following an incident where Brown student Hisham Awartani and two other Palestinians were shot in Burlington, Vermont, the university requested the Providence city solicitor’s office to drop the charges against the arrested students. This decision was a relief to the student group, but they affirmed that their campaign would continue.

Brown University has seen heightened tensions and instances of antisemitism since the October 7 invasion of Israel by Hamas, which resulted in over a thousand Israeli deaths. University President Christina Paxson faced challenges while addressing these issues.

In her speech, she altered her original lines, removing references to Judaism amidst vocal protests from pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Despite intending to mention both the Star of David and the keffiyeh as symbols that should be worn proudly on campus, she only mentioned the keffiyeh, along with the hijab, due to the disruptions.

The university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter was among the first student groups to react to the Hamas attacks, labeling them as “justified violence” and a “victory.” The group sought to distinguish between ‘innocent’ civilians and settlers. Mica Maltzman, an executive of Brown’s SJP and spokesperson for BrownU Jews for Ceasefire Now, stated that not every Jew supports Israel.