Police Clear Pro-Palestinian Encampment At Major University After Shouts Of ‘Kill The Jews’

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Law enforcement began clearing a pro-Palestine encampment of protesters on a major university’s campus Saturday morning after shouts of “kill the Jews” were heard.

The Northeastern University campus police and officers from other departments moved in to break up the encampment in Boston after the demonstration was “infiltrated” by outside protesters, the university said in a Saturday post to X. Some individuals apparently used “kill the Jews” and used other antisemitic slurs on Friday night, according to the university. (RELATED: University Of Washington’s Pro-Palestinian Protest Delayed Because It’s Not Diverse Enough)

“Earlier this morning the Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) — in cooperation with local law enforcement partners — began clearing an unauthorized encampment on the university’s Boston campus,” the university said in its statement. “What began as a student demonstration two days ago, was infiltrated by professional organizers with no affiliation to Northeastern. Last night, the use of virulent antisemitic slurs, including ‘kill the Jews,’ crossed the line. We cannot tolerate this kind of hate on our campus.”

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Students continue to maintain a protest encampment in support of Palestinians at Columbia University, during the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in New York City, U.S., April 26, 2024. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

The encampment of pro-Palestinian protesters at Northeastern was one of numerous similar camps set up by students on college campuses across the country. Some of these encampments, such as the one at Columbia University, have been the sites of blatantly antisemitic activity, but other universities, such as the University of Florida, have taken a tougher stance against the protesters.

Following the publication of this article, Huskies for a Free Palestine, a student group, contacted the Daily Caller News Foundation and claimed that only pro-Israel counter-protesters used the term “kill the Jews.”

Authorities detained approximately 100 people as they cleared the encampment, according to CNN.

Students at Northeastern University hold a “Die-In for Gaza” amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 9, 2023. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Northeastern University did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the perspective of Huskies for a Free Palestine.

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