Twenty-two Democrats voted against a resolution to condemn growing antisemitism and Hamas support on college campuses.
Still the resolution passed overwhelmingly, with 213 Republican votes and 183 Democrats.
One Republican – Rep. Thomas Massie, K.Y., – voted against it, citing free speech concerns.
‘Free speech means protecting speech you don’t like, not just speech you do like. Also, who defines antisemitism?’ he wrote on X.
The resolution calls out college leaders for not speaking out in support of Jewish and pro-Israel students. It urges them to condemn antisemitism and ensure those students have a right to free speech on campus.
The resolution also condemns support for Hamas and Hezbollah on campus.
The departments of Homeland Security and Justice are currently working with campus police to combat what the Biden administration describes as an ‘alarming rise’ in antisemitic incidents and threats against Jewish students.
The Democrats who opposed the resolution were: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Summer Lee, D-Pa., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Delia Ramirez, D-Ill., Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., Mark Takano, D-Calif., Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Jonathan Jackson, D-Ill., Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., André Carson, D-Ind., Cori Bush, D-Mo., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
‘The failure to adequately protect non-combatant civilians risks dramatic escalation of the conflict in the region and imposes severe damage on prospects for peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians,’ the statement read.
‘Based on the consensus opinion of U.S. and international aid officials, it is nearly impossible to deliver sufficient humanitarian aid to protect civilian life under current conditions,’ the senators added. ‘Thus, we join President Biden in his call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high-risk to civilians, aid workers or humanitarian aid delivery in Gaza.’
Nearly 100 incidents of anti-Semitic violence or intimidation have been recorded at US colleges and universities since the Hamas attacks and ensuing conflict
Drawing a crowd: A pro-Palestine rally at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
‘I think we need a pause. A pause means give time to get the prisoners out,’ Biden said.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is currently in Israel. Israel’s Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant said Israel would not let up on its attacks unless Hamas released the 240 hostages it took during the October 7 attack.
Blinken said he and his Israeli counterparts have ‘identified mechanisms’ for getting fuel into Gaza. Fuel and electricity supplies were cut off by the Israelis over concerns they would be siphoned for Hamas’ purposes.
Some 1,400 Israelis were killed during Hamas’ initial attack, according to the Israeli Defense Force, and over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed in response, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Neither figure has been independently verified.