Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken action against student organizations in the state they claim have expressed support for “Hamas terrorism,” possibly by disbanding the student chapters and suspending school officials.
This action was taken in coordination with the chancellor of the state’s university system.
The letter claims that National Students for Justice in Palestine (National SJP), a student organization with representatives at at least two Florida system colleges, released a “toolkit” that refers to the Hamas operation as “the resistance.”
The letter from Rodrigues to DeSantis’ office states that he will continue to cooperate with them “to ensure we are all using all tools at our disposal to crack down on campus demonstrations that delve beyond protected First Amendment speech into harmful support for terrorist groups.”
DeSantis has been an outspoken supporter of toughening up on and denouncing the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack in Israel that left more than 1,400 Israelis dead.
If elected president, he recently declared that he would revoke student visas and deport foreign nationals who support Hamas.
DeSantis also intends to request a special session of the Florida legislature to impose tougher state sanctions on Iran, the main source of funding for Hamas.
DeSantis also committed state funds to an evacuation operation that was in charge of booking flights back to the United States for hundreds of stranded Americans in Israel, claiming that his actions were more effective than those of the Biden administration.