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Israel exposes terror group’s deceptive ploy, executes crucial move to eradicate Hamas

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed Tuesday that it has gained operational control of the Gazan side of the Rafah Crossing.

The IDF released a statement saying its forces began a “precise counterterrorism operation” in eastern Rafah.

Acting upon intelligence showing the area was being used for “terrorist purposes,” IDF troops obtained operational control of the Gazan side of the Rafah Crossing, the statement said.

Intelligence gathered by the IDF and the Israel Securities Authority prompted the operation aimed at killing Hamas terrorists and dismantling “Hamas terrorist infrastructure within specific areas of eastern Rafah.”

ISRAEL BEGINS ‘TARGETED’ STRIKES AGAINST HAMAS IN RAFAH

Before the operation, the IDF urged residents in eastern Rafah to temporarily evacuate to the expanded humanitarian area in Al-Mawasi, where the IDF facilitated the expansion of field hospitals and tents, and increased water, food and medical supplies. International organizations working in the area were also encouraged to temporarily evacuate before the operation began.

“Following intelligence that indicated that the Rafah Crossing in eastern Rafah was being used for terrorist purposes, IDF troops managed to establish operational control of the Gazan side of the crossing,” the IDF said. “On Sunday, mortars were fired from the area of the Rafah Crossing toward the area of the Kerem Shalom Crossing.”

Four IDF soldiers were killed during the operation and several others were injured after the mortars were fired.

ISRAEL URGES PALESTINIANS TO EVACUATE RAFAH AHEAD OF EXPECTED GROUND OPERATION IN HAMAS STRONGHOLD

“Furthermore, as part of the operational activity, IDF ground troops and [Israeli Air Force] fighter jets struck and eliminated Hamas terror targets in the Rafah area, including military structures, underground infrastructure, and additional terrorist infrastructure from which Hamas operated in the Rafah area,” the IDF said.

Since the operation began, about 20 Hamas terrorists have been killed and three operational tunnel shafts have been found. No injuries were reported, the IDF said.

The IDF said ground troops are “continuing to operate against Hamas terrorist operatives and infrastructure in the area of the Rafah Crossing in eastern Rafah.”

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There is no timeline for how long the operation will last and it is unclear if the crossing is open for humanitarian aid.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

UCLA vows to sic soft-on-crime DA on Israel supporters who fought back violent rioters

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UCLA chancellor announces investigation into ‘attack’ on anti-Israel encampment

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced an investigation into the “group of instigators” who “violently attacked” an anti-Israel encampment on the school’s campus last week.

Rick Braziel, inaugural associated vice chancellor and chief safety officer, has been chosen to lead the investigation “to identify the perpetrators of the violence and hold them to account.”

The LAPD also has a detective committed to assisting UCLA in “investigative efforts,” Block said, and LA County District Attorney George Gascón is also prepared to prosecute “the instigators” to the fullest extent of the law.

“This was a truly despicable act, and in my message to campus the following day, I committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice,” Block said.

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The university is also looking into “all available footage” of the incident and asking witnesses who “saw the violence firsthand” to report it. Block also said the school is conducting a “broader assessment of all acts of violence over the last 12 days, including those against counter-protestors(sic).”

“Holding the instigators of this attack accountable and enhancing our campus safety operations are both critical. Our community members can only learn, work and thrive in an environment where they feel secure,” he concluded.

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Anti-Israel encampment sprouts up at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands police take action

Anti-Israel riots have spread to the Netherlands.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, police arrested more than 120 people at an encampment erected at the University of Amsterdam. The sweeping arrest comes as demonstrations calling for the death of America and Israel have roiled campuses in the U.S. and have spread into Europe.

Police in the Dutch capital said the protests turned violent and that their action was “necessary to restore order” in a statement on X.

Officers used batons and shields as they moved into the demonstration, beating some of the protesters and pulling down tents, video from the scene aired by national broadcaster NOS showed. Police also used a mechanical digger to rip down barricades.

There were no reported injuries.

On Monday, the agitators copied the template of those agitators at elite U.S. colleges and universities as they formed barricades from wooden pallets and bicycles, NOS reported.

Photos from the Amsterdam campus showed the agitators had erected tents, displayed anti-Israel banners and had gathered containers of food.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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2 dozen protesters arrested during march toward Met Gala in New York

The New York City Police Department reportedly arrested two dozen anti-Israel demonstrators during a march toward the Met Gala overnight.

There were roughly 1,000 participants in the march.


Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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UF president tells anti-Israel protesters they aren’t entitled to ‘take over the whole university’

University of Florida President Ben Sasse spoke out against the ongoing anti-Israel protests erupting across college campuses all over the country.

Thousands have been arrested this graduation season due to ongoing anti-Israel protests and encampments, some of which have canceled commencement ceremonies altogether.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sasse said, “We have time, place and manner restrictions, and you don’t get to take over the whole university. People don’t get to spit at cops. You don’t get to barricade yourselves in buildings. You don’t get to disrupt somebody else’s commencement.”

“What we tell all of our students, protesters, is there are two things we’re going to affirm over and over again: We will always defend your right to free speech and free assembly,” the former Nebraska senator continued.

A dozen people have been arrested across three different college campuses in the sunshine state for anti-Israel protests, while nine were arrested at the University of Florida last Monday alone.

“I ran by our group of protesters waving their Palestinian flag; we protect their right to do that. But we have rules. And one of those rules is we don’t allow camping on campus,” the university president added. “It’s to help them get into compliance with the rules. They can protest. They can try to persuade people, but they don’t get [to] build a camp. Nobody else does either.”

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Anti-Israel agitators in NYC shout down man waving Israeli flag: ‘Shame on you!’

A crowd of anti-Israel protesters waving Palestinian flags on the Upper East Side were filmed shouting down a lone dissenter proudly waving an Israeli flag.

A man who was one of the few visibly Jewish people in the crowd pointed and shouted at the protester, prompting the others to start in with chants of: “Shame!”

“Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!” the crowd chanted.

The lone dissenter appeared unfazed as he continued to wave a small Israeli flag.

As the chanting continued, a woman from the crowd accosts the man, nearly covering him with a Palestinian flag. Another person from the crowd grabs his flag as they push him away, eliciting cheers from the other participants. 

The scene happened down the road from the Met Gala where at least 100 anti-Israel agitators were marching near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The protesters were heard chanting anti-Israel slogans, calling for an “intifada” and taunting police officers.

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NYPD officer removes Palestinian flag from monument of Civil War general

The NYPD removed a Palestinian flag placed on a memorial honoring a famed Civil War general near Central Park on Monday amid anti-Israel protests in the area.

The flag was placed on a statue of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman at Grand Army Plaza. The monument depicts Sherman on his horse, Ontario, led by the allegorical figure of Victory, according to the Central Park Conservancy.

Video footage taken at the scene shows several NYPD officers in front of the memorial during a confrontation with protesters, who are heard off camera.

One person is heard asking the protesters to put a bigger flag on the statue. An officer is then seen climbing a ladder to remove the flag.

“I hope you fall,” someone is heard saying before the group begins chanting “Free, Free Palestine!”

“Guess what, we’re going to be here tomorrow,” one person states.


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Central Park WWI memorial vandalized by anti-Israel agitators

Anti-Israel protesters in New York City defaced statues honoring American World War I soldiers on Monday.

The outdoor bronze monument at the East 67th Street entrance of Central Park depicts members of the 107th United States Infantry in the throes of battle.

The sculpture was plastered with stickers stating “Palestine is Everywhere” and other pro-Palestinian slogans. At the foot of the statue, they wrote “Gaza” and “Free Palestine.”

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American flag burned near Central Park following anti-Israel protest at nearby college

Anti-Israel agitators burned an American flag in front of a memorial honoring World War 1 soldiers inside Central Park. 

The disintegrated flag was spotted in front of the 107th U.S. Infantry Memorial at the 67th Street entrance of the park following a nearby protest at Hunter College.  

The memorial was also vandalized with pro-Palestinian slogans and stickers supporting Palestinians.  

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UCLA returns to remote learning through Friday amid ‘ongoing disruption’

Classes at the University of Californi
a, Los Angeles will be held remotely through Friday, the school said Monday.

“Due to ongoing disruption, the campus has returned to limited operational status. Therefore, per Senate guidance, classes will move remote May 6-10,” the school said in a notice.

UCLA Extension classes scheduled to be held in person at the school’s Westwood or main campus have been moved to a live-online format. Hours earlier, the school said classes on Monday would be remote before the announced extension.

The mandate came as a new round of anti-Israel protests began on campus Monday.

On Friday, the Graduate and Undergraduate Councils initially voted to authorize faculty to conduct remote learning through Friday without departmental authorization.

However, they were encouraged to return to in-person learning as soon as possible.

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NYPD make arrests during anti-Israel march and secure scene near Met Gala

Anti-Israel agitators were arrested in New York as demonstrators marched in Manhattan on Monday night.

More than 100 protesters walked on the street chanting anti-Israel slogans while supporting Palestinians.

Video footage captured at 80th Street and Madison Avenue shows officers taking people into custody. Another clip shows officers and protesters clashing on a sidewalk.

The NYPD didn’t immediately have figures for the number of arrests, which occurred just a few blocks from the Met Gala.

By 7:30 p.m. local time, the protesters left the area and officers secured the scene and were receiving other assignments.

Officers were also near the gala red carpet on Fifth Avenue.

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Anti-Israel agitators arrested near Met Gala after taking over street

Anti-Israel agitators were protesting
near the Monday evening Met Gala in New York City, as at least a dozen people were arrested.

Roughly 100 demonstrators were marching on the street along 80th Street and Madison Avenue, near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the A-list event was happening. They were heard chanting anti-Israel slogans and calling for an “intifada” revolution and “one solution.”

They also called police officers’ names.

Some were confronting officers, who were trying to get the protesters to move onto the sidewalk to let traffic pass through. The confrontations came amid a call by organizers for a “Day of Rage” in opposition to Israel.

Less than a mile away from the museum, protesters were gathering at Hunter College.

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GWU professor calls on anti-Israel students to leave dorms paid by ‘mommy and daddy,’ go to Gaza

Melinda Roth, a professor at George Washington University Law School, called out anti-Israel students and protesters for spreading “hate” on campus.

“Instead of hanging out in your nice brand new paid from unknown sources green and white tents, why not send them to those displaced in Gaza who really need them?” Roth asked students in a public Facebook post. “After all, you have dorms and apartments that mommy and daddy are paying for right now.”

“You have catered food and an all you can eat snack bar, why not send food to those you claim are starving?” she continued, calling out students for depending on “mommy and daddy” to pay for their apartments and dorm rooms. 

GWU is one of many universities across the U.S. that has seen student spaces overtaken by anti-Israel protests, usually in the form of tent encampments. The students have encamped on GWU’s University Yard, one of the school’s few green spaces on an urban campus that is nestled in Northwest D.C. 

“Since you are skipping classes (if you are actually a student), why not go volunteer to help in Gaza?” Roth asked. “Many American Jews have gone to help in Israel on farms and kibbutzes to provide missing labor as so many Israelis have been called up to military service. If you really want to help, why don’t you go where you really could make a difference for the people you profess to be supporting?”

Fox News Digital’s Jeffrey Clark contributed to this report.

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Anti-Israel crowd shouts down lone Israel supporter in New York City: ‘Shame on you’

A man waving an Israeli flag in the middle of a large anti-Israel crowd at a New York City college was shouted down Monday.

Video footage of the gathering at Hunter College shows a man wearing Orthodox Jewish attire displaying a Palestinian flag and calling out the man with a small Israeli flag.

The crowd then began chanting “Shame of you!” at the Israel supporter. A female then put a large Palestinian flag in his face before he moved away, according to the footage.

The crowd gathered at the Upper East Side campus as demonstrations continue on college campuses nationwide.

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Anti-Israel agitators begin demonstration at NYC’s Hunter College near Met Gala

Dozens of anti-Israel agitators  began protesting at Hunter College
in New York City on Monday, not far from where celebrities and other A-listers will gather in the evening for the annual Met Gala.

A group called for a “Day of Rage for Gaza” at the Manhattan college to protest Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, about a mile away, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the star-studded event, which features some of the biggest names in music, art, fashion and film, but it was not clear if the agitators planned to target that gathering.

Since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, protesters have disrupted other high-profile events in New York, including the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting.

Video footage posted online shows agitators outside Hunter College behind barricades blocking multiple campus building entrances except one.

In anticipation of the protest, classes at Hunter College’s main campus were held remotely. The campus is open, according to an alert issued by the City University of New York.

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64 arrested at UC San Diego during dismantling of anti-Israel encampment, school says

Sixty-four people were arrested at the
University of California
, San Diego as police were dismantling an anti-Israel encampment on campus, the school said Monday.

Of those arrested, 24 were not affiliated with the school, the school said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“The arrested students have been or will be placed under immediate interim suspension,” the statement said.

Earlier in the day, officials said campus police, the California Highway Patrol and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department “successfully and peacefully dismantled an illegal encampment.”

“The decision to vacate the site was based on danger arising from a prolonged event in terms of health, fire, safety and security,” an earlier statement said. “One minor injury was reported.”

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Hochul says New York prepared to assist universities with security plans amid anti-Israel protests

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state is prepared to assist universities with security plans so they can move forward with planned graduations amid weeks of anti-Israel protests that have disrupted campus life for students and staff.

Hochul, a Democrat, was speaking with MSNBC’s host Johnathan Capehart on Monday when she was asked about the ongoing demonstrations at various colleges across New York state.

“One thing I do not want to do is have the lives and the families and all the young people who work so hard disrupted. I wanted them to have the benefit of walking across the stage,” she said. “I have sent a letter out to all the colleges in the state of New York. I said, ‘My team will help you with security plans. We’ll help you manage this. But let’s not let this get out of control and deny these students this this right. There will be smaller graduations.’”

Protests at Columbia and New York universities have garnered alot of media attention amid clashes between demonstrators and police as well as the taking over of campus buildings.

Hochul said her office has spoken with administrations at NYU, Cornell University
and multiple public universities about the gatherings and pro-Palestinian encampments proliferating on campuses.

“Everyone I called said they’re going to continue as planned with graduations because that’s important. We have to restore some sense of normalcy,” she said.

She noted that authorities respect the right to protest but will not tolerate destructive behavior.

“We have to, you know, work around the chaos and the people’s legitimate right to protest,” she said. “But when that right to protest crosses the line into stopping others from their rights, and then we have to get involved.”

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Anti-Israel Pomona College students erect second encampment at graduation site

A pro-Palestinian student group at a Southern California university set up their second encampment on campus, the area where a stage for the upcoming commencement ceremony is slated to be held.

Pomona Divest from Apartheid at Pomona College said the encampment was erected at 5 a.m. on Graduation Lawn, where a stage is being constructed. The group is demanding the college divest from Israel and companies that do business with the Jewish state.

“NO COMMENCEMENT UNTIL DIVESTMENT,” the group posted on Instagram.

The encampment came after more than 20 students were arrested last month as they were staging a sit-in at Alexander Hall to protest the school’s removal of a “mock apartheid wall” in another part of campus.

In response to the new camp, the school asked students to avoid the area.

“Our students, faculty, staff and alumni hold a range of viewpoints. Throughout the year, college leaders have offered to meet with student protesters and will continue to do so,” the school said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We will promote safety for all members of our community and pursue our educational mission, considering the full range of viewpoints.”

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NYPD heightens security for Met Gala as anti-Israel group calls for ‘Day of Rage’ at nearby college

Authorities in New York City are bracing for possible unrest near Monday’s star-studded Met Gala as anti-Israel groups called for a “Day of Rage” protest at a nearby college.

Security will be heightened in and around the Metropolitan Museum of Art as celebrities will gather for the annual event that routinely brings out A-listers, the New York Post reported.

“We are using every tool at our disposal,” a source told the newspaper. “We approach this like we do all large-scaled events — examining information and applying it to a measured and calculated response should the need arise.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to the New York Police Department.

The security concerns came amid news that Within Our Lifetime, an anti-Israel group, called for a larger gathering at Hunter College, located about a mile from the museum, for a “Citywide Day of Rage for Gaza.”

It was not clear if the group plans to disrupt the gala but similar protests have become chaotic in recent weeks

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UCLA moves class online as anti-Israel protests resume

The University of California, Los Angeles is moving all classes online amid anti-Israel protests that have disrupted campus life for several weeks.

“All classes are moving remote today 5/6 and campus operations are limited due to ongoing disruptions,” the school said in an alert notice.

Employees were encouraged to work remotely if possible, and all events and research activities were also urged to go remote or be rescheduled.

“Law enforcement is stationed around campus to help promote safety and actively monitor conditions. Student Affairs has staff on campus to support our students,” officials said.

The university previously canceled classes for three days following clashes between protesters and authorities at an encampment on campus that was being cleared by police.

In a Monday social media post, the UCLA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine said 37 people had been arrested at a parking structure. Protesters were also planning a “sit in” at Moore Hall on campus.

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Emory University relocates graduation ceremony amid safety concerns

Emory University
in Atlanta is moving its commencement ceremony to a suburb amid safety and security concerns following weeks of anti-Israel protests on campus.

The ceremony will be scaled back upon its move to an indoor complex in Duluth, Georgia, which includes the Gas South Arena and the Gas South Convention Center.

“Please know that this decision was not taken lightly,” university President Gregory L. Fenves said in a Monday statement. “It was made in close consultation with the Emory Police Department, security advisors, and other agencies — each of which advised against holding Commencement events on our campuses.

Fenves noted that for many of the graduating seniors, their high school graduations were also disrupted by the
COVID-19 pandemic
.

“Next Monday, we will celebrate all that you have accomplished since then,” he said. “You will have your moment together, in person, alongside the people who matter to you the most. Each of your names will be read aloud, and each of you will be conferred an Emory degree.” 

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DC mayor on GWU demonstrations: My responsibility ‘is to make sure that people can safely protest’

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday that the city’s stance remains “unchanged” regarding anti-Israel protests at The George Washington University.

“We live in a city, and where our job is, my constitutional responsibility is to make sure that people can safely protest,” she said. “And if they don’t, then to support a law enforcement interaction.”

GWU’s president issued a statement overnight saying that what is happening on campus “is not a peaceful protest.” 

“I fully support and encourage our community to speak out and engage in controversial and critical dialogues on these crucial issues — as long as they occur within the limits of our university’s policies and the District’s laws,” GWU President Ellen Granberg said. “However, what is currently happening at GW is not a peaceful protest protected by the First Amendment or our university’s policies.” 

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Columbia Law alum says goal of anti-Israel protests is to create ‘chaos’

Columbia Law alum Robert Charles told ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday that “the goal of these protests which are synchronized nationwide is obviously to create a degree of chaos.” 

“You don’t see students jumping up and down protesting the killing and imprisonment of millions in China or Iran or Cuba or Venezuela. This one is one that has been carefully I think, pre-planned and organized, and I think part of the thing we are not really addressing right now is that there are forces behind this that really want chaos on campuses,” he added. 

“Are there legitimate issues here? Yes. Should they be discussed in earnest? Yes,” Charles also said. “But the violence that occurred at UCLA, the kind of thing that’s happening in Washington and New York is really violence I think for the sake of violence and it’s really sad to see it. Because of all places to see it at Columbia Law School is a tremendous disappointment.” 

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Hamas accepts cease-fire deal to halt war against Israel

The Hamas terrorist group announced Monday that it has accepted a cease-fire agreement brokered by Egypt and Qatar to end the war against Israel in the Gaza Strip.

It released a statement saying its leader Ismail Haniyeh “had a phone call with the Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, and with the Egyptian Minister of Intelligence, Mr. Abbas Kamel, and informed them of the Hamas movement’s approval of their proposal regarding the ceasefire agreement.”

There was no immediate response from Israel. The fate of the hostages still in Hamas’ possession following its Oct. 7 attack on Israel that launched the war remains uncertain.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

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University of Chicago faculty member says graduation ceremony cancellations are ‘absurd’

A University of Chicago assistant professor said Monday that it is “absurd” that schools are cancelling their graduation ceremonies over fears about disruptions from anti-Israel protesters. 

Eman Abdelhadi made the comment while speaking with other faculty members who are part of a group called the University of Chicago Faculty for Justice in Palestine. Hours earlier, Columbia University announced the cancellation of its main commencement event in part over what an official described as security concerns. 

“I think it’s frankly absurd that universities are canceling their commencement addresses in fear of a few students doing innocuous things like saying free Palestine or holding up a sign or wearing a kaffiyeh around their necks,” Abdelhadi said. “It really speaks to the incredible fragility of this system, that that is seen as a major threat.” 

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UC San Diego protesters break through barrier on campus

A group of anti-Israel protesters have been captured on video Monday breaking through a barricade set up on the campus of UC San Diego, where arrests have been made. 

More than 50 protesters have already been taken into custody early Monday at a pro-Palestinian encampment there, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.  

“UC San Diego’s West Campus operations are suspended from North Torrey Pines Road to Interstate 5 due to police activity,” the school earlier said in a post on X.  

“Instruction is moving to remote operation. All West Campus facilities are closed. Housing and Dining remains open. All events scheduled for today on West Campus should be canceled, rescheduled or moved to remote operation,” it added. 

Scenes at UC San Diego showed police staring at the protesters behind the barrier that had been moved. 

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University of Chicago faculty slam other schools for using police to break up anti-Israel protests

A faculty group in support of the pro-Palestinian demonstrations at the University of Chicago is slamming other schools Monday for calling on police to help break up the anti-Israel demonstrations. 

“The use of police force on university campuses across America is a dangerous precedent to set for the future of our country,” Allyson Field, an associate professor and member of the University of Chicago Faculty for Justice in Palestine, said during a press conference. 

“Yesterday, university administrators suspended negotiations with student protesters. We are here as representatives of the University of Chicago Faculty for Justice in Palestine, a collective of over 120 faculty and staff, to urge administrators to resume negotiations in good faith and to continue to respect freedom of expression on campus,” Field said. 

“The university must not employ police force to put an end to student protests. To do so, would violate the university’s duty to protect its students as well as their right to free expression. The use of police force on university campuses across America is a dangerous precedent to set for the future of our country,” she added.  

“The use of police force in these circumstances does not serve to protect, but rather to intimidate and silence,” Field also said. “The students’ peaceful methods — sitting, chanting, singing and speaking out — are expressions of their commitment to nonviolence and their dedication to a just cause.” 

Last week, a student at the encampment at the University of Chicago said “We demand that U Chicago, divest from weapons manufacturers arming Israel and its partnerships with militarized Israeli universities, and cut ties with the Israel Institute” and “We also demand that U Chicago, divest from all interrelated forces of death and violence into which it is currently complicit, especially fossil fuel production, UCPD and construction projects that fuel South Side displacement.”

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Harvard’s interim president says anti-Israel encampment poses a ‘significant risk,’ must end now

Interim Harvard University President Alan Garber has released a statement Monday calling for protesters at a pro-Palestinian encampment there to pack up and go home as their continued presence poses “a significant risk to the educational environment of the University.” 

“Over the last 12 days, the encampment in Harvard Yard has disrupted our educational activities and operations. The right to free speech, including protest and dissent, is vital to the work of the research university. But it is not unlimited,” Garber said. “It must be exercised in a time, place, and manner that respects the right of our community members to do their work, pursue their education, and enjoy the opportunities that a residential campus has to offer.” 

“The encampment favors the voices of a few over the rights of many who have experienced disruption in how they learn and work at a critical time of the semester,” Garber continued. “I call on those participating in the encampment to end the occupation of Harvard Yard.

“I write today with this simple message: The continuation of the encampment presents a significant risk to the educational environment of the University. Those who participate in or perpetuate its continuation will be referred for involuntary leave from their Schools,” he warned. “Among other implications, students placed on involuntary leave may not be able to sit for exams, may not continue to reside in Harvard housing, and must cease to be present on campus until reinstated.” 

Garber said the encampment has spawned “safety concerns” and reports of intimidation and harassment. 

“Such actions are indefensible and unacceptable,” he also said. “As first-year students move out and as we begin our extensive preparations for Commencement, this ongoing violation of our policies becomes more consequential. Thousands of family members, friends, and loved ones will soon join us to celebrate the achievements of graduate and undergraduate students who have earned the right to walk in Commencement.” 

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GWU statue remains vandalized as president says what’s happening ‘is not a peaceful protest’

The statue of George Washington that stands on the campus of The George Washington University remains vandalized Monday after the school’s president issued a statement overnight saying that what is happening on campus “is not a peaceful protest.” 

“History has repeatedly shown that there are many effective ways for communities to express their differing viewpoints lawfully within the District of Columbia. In the last seven months alone, at GW, we have seen this play out on all sides of the war between Israel and Hamas. I know that some in our community and others across the country argue that this, too, is simply a peaceful protest – and, at certain times, this has been true,” President Ellen Granberg said. 

“However, when protesters overrun barriers established to protect the community, vandalize a university statue and flag, surround and intimidate GW students with antisemitic images and hateful rhetoric, chase people out of a public yard based on their perceived beliefs, and ignore, degrade, and push GW Police Officers and university maintenance staff, the protest ceases to be peaceful or productive,” she continued.  

“I fully support and encourage our community to speak out and engage in controversial and critical dialogues on these crucial issues — as long as they occur within the limits of our university’s policies and the District’s laws,” Granberg also said. “However, what is currently happening at GW is not a peaceful protest protected by the First Amendment or our university’s policies.” 

A tent encampment remains Monday on the campus of GWU.

Demonstrators there say they will not let the university’s administration tell them what to do.

Fox News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.

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More than 50 arrested at UC San Diego protest encampment: report

More than 50 protesters have been arrested early Monday at a pro-Palestinian encampment on the campus of UC San Diego, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. 

Around 7 a.m. local time, tents at the encampment were seen dismantled while protesters were heard chanting “free, free Palestine!”, it reported. 

“UC San Diego’s West Campus operations are suspended from North Torrey Pines Road to Interstate 5 due to police activity,” the school said in a post on X. 

“Instruction is moving to remote operation. All West Campus facilities are closed. Housing and Dining remains open. All events scheduled for today on West Campus should be canceled, rescheduled or moved to remote operation,” it added. 

Protesters at the campus also were heard saying Monday to police “why are you in riot gear?”

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.

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University of Pennsylvania president says anti-Israel encampment is making campus ‘less safe’

Interim University of Pennsylvania President J. Larry Jameson released a statement Monday that the ongoing anti-Israel encampment at the school is making its Philadelphia campus “less safe,” according to
The Daily Pennsylvanian student media organization. 

In a message sent out to the university community around 7 a.m. this morning, Jameson reportedly called for the encampment to disband but noted that officials were taking a “measured” approach to avoid an escalation that could cause a “further disruption.” 

“However, we are concerned that many of the protestors occupying the encampment on College Green are seeking such a confrontation,” Jameson was quoted by The Daily Pennsylvanian as saying. “We have heard reports of circulating documents with instructions for escalating a protest, including through building occupations and violence.” 

“Every day the encampment exists, the campus is less safe,” Jameson reportedly added. “Some have aimed to characterize this as a peaceful protest. It is not.” 

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US imam: Anti-Israel protesters will be rewarded for striking fear into Netanyahu and his ‘thugs’

A California imam has been captured on video saying that anti-Israel protesters will be “rewarded by Allah” for striking fear into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – whom he compared to Hitler – and his “thugs.” 

“We say [to Netanyahu] that the only comparison today between Nazi Germany and that whole fiasco – that terrible situation – and what is going on today is that you, Netanyahu, are similar to Hitler and Zionism is similar to Nazism,” said Tarik Ata, the imam of the Orange County Islamic Foundation, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). 

“My final message to the college students: We are watching these events – because a lot of these college students think that the mosques, the imams, the Muslim organizations really don’t know what is going on, and we are not there to support them. No, no. We see exactly what is going on and we are inspired by your bravery,” Ata continued in video posted by MEMRI. “We are impressed by your courage, and we love you and what you are doing. 

“I remind you that every step you take for the sake of Allah in this cause will get you rewards, that every ounce of fear and anger that you put in the heart of Netanyahu and his thugs, and all those who support, collaborate, and finance this violent and inhumane war against a primarily civilian population – every ounce of fear that you put in their hearts by your lawful protests is rewarded by Allah,” he also said. 

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Trump says Columbia University commencement cancellation ‘shouldn’t happen’

President Trump said Monday outside of his trial in New York City that “It just came out… Columbia just canceled their commencement. That shouldn’t happen.  

“And it also came out that the protesters, many of the protesters, are backed by Biden’s donors. Are you listening Israel? I hope you are listening Israel, hope you are getting smart,” Trump added. “But they are backed by Biden donors, that is where the money is coming from and I’m not surprised at all.” 

President Biden’s biggest Democratic donors are funding some anti-Israel protests that have taken over college campuses, according to a report. 

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Biden donors funding groups behind anti-Israel protests on college campuses: report

President Biden’s biggest Democratic donors are also funding some anti-Israel protests that have taken over college campuses, according to a report.

While some anti-Israel student protesters and agitators chant “Genocide Joe” in reference to Biden and his administration’s policies, an analysis by Politico found the donors contributing both to Biden and to some of these protest groups include George Soros, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David Rockefeller Jr., and Susan and Nick Pritzker, heirs to the Hyatt hotel empire.

Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow are two of the main groups that have organized protests on some college campuses nationwide, including at Columbia University in New York City, according to Politico. The outlet’s analysis found that both groups are supported by the Tides Foundation, which in turn is bolstered with funds from Soros. It also found that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which has Rockefeller Jr. on its board, gave $300,000 to the Tides Foundation in 2022.

The protests may muddle Biden’s efforts to rally the support of young voters going into the presidential election.

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Columbia cancels university-wide commencement ceremony following anti-Israel protests

Columbia University announced Monday that it is cancelling its university-wide commencement ceremony in exchange for a series of smaller events.

A university official tells Fox News that security concerns in the wake of recent anti-Israel protests on campus was one of the main reasons in deciding to cancel the larger event.

“Our Deans and other colleagues who work directly with our students have been discussing plans with student leaders, and, most importantly, listening. Based on their feedback, we have decided to make the centerpiece of our Commencement activities our Class Days and school-level ceremonies, where students are honored individually alongside their peers, rather than the University-wide ceremony that is scheduled for May 15,” Columbia said in a statement.

“Our students emphasized that these smaller-scale, school-based celebrations are most meaningful to them and their families,” it continued. “As a result, we will focus our resources on those school ceremonies and on keeping them safe, respectful, and running smoothly.”

Columbia University has been rocked by a wave of antisemitic protests that have resulted in more than 100 arrests.

“These past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for our community. Just as we are focused on making our graduation experience truly special, we continue to solicit student feedback and are looking at the possibility of a festive event on May 15 to take the place of the large, formal ceremony,” Columbia also said.

Fox News’ Madison Alworth contributed to this report.

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Biden’s ‘weakness’ on global stage is driving anti-Israel protests, Gov. Doug Burgum says

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum told ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday that President Biden’s “weakness” on the global stage is a driving factor behind the anti-Israel protests that are rocking U.S. college campuses. 

“These protests wouldn’t be happening if Joe Biden hadn’t invited these wars that are happening all over the world because of his weakness, everything from the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Russia invasion, Oct. 7, all of this is because we are not projecting power,” Burgum, a Republican, said. 

“The biggest thing that Biden has done from a weakness standpoint is he’s allowed Iran – who is funding all these terrorists – to get back in the game again in energy production. President Trump had Iran on their knees financially and now they are back — [Biden] lifted all the sanctions, he gave them $6 billion for five hostages,” Burgum continued. “I mean Joe Biden’s actions of appeasement with Iran is what is funding the wars abroad and it’s what is driving the protests at home.” 

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17 Princeton students participating in hunger strike: report

At least 17 students are participating Monday in an ongoing hunger strike at Princeton University, according to the school’s student newspaper. 

“Participants will abstain from all food and drink (except water) until our demands are met. We commit our bodies to their liberation of Palestine. PRINCETON, hear us now! We will not be moved!” read an Instagram post on Friday from a group calling itself Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest.  

David Chmielewski, one of the hunger strike’s organizers, has said during a meeting at an encampment at Princeton that if the university’s president wants to “watch us starve on his lawn, then that’s what we’ll do,” The Daily Princetonian reports. 

It added that 17 undergraduate protesters are involved in the hunger strike.  

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Oxford University student group creates encampment, publishes list of demands

A student group at Oxford University announced Monday that a “liberated zone in solidarity with Gaza” has been set up on the England campus. 

“We join over 145 universities across the globe who refuse to continue business as usual while our institutions profit from and facilitate genocide,” the Oxford Action for Palestine wrote on Instagram. 

It vowed to remain at the encampment “until our demands our met.” 

The group is calling on Oxford University to divest from Israel and arms companies, among other demands. 

They also want Oxford to “publicly commit to supporting, through financial and material means, the Palestinian-led rebuilding of the twelve universities that have been completely, or in part destroyed by Israeli aggression in the last year.” 

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Harvard student says ‘pro-terrorism hate fest’ is happening in encampment

A Harvard University student detailed what is happening beyond the locked gates of the school’s Yard, arguing that the encampment at the center of campus is a “pro-terrorist hate fest” that needs to be removed.

Alex Bernat, a junior undergraduate student at Harvard University, told Fox News Digital that the encampment at the school popped up over a week ago and has been “extraordinarily disruptive” to daily life. 

“They regularly chant for intifada. They use amplified sound in the Yard. It’s finals period. People live in the Yard. They want to study. They’re disruptive to people studying. They are antisemitic on a visceral level,” Bernat said.

“It needs to go. The encampment needs to be disbanded,” he added.

Those in the encampment are asking Harvard for disclosure of investments, divestment from Israel, and amnesty for protesters. Bernat said these were “asinine demands,” considering Harvard does not divest from any other country and protesters are in violation of time, place and manner restrictions. 

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USC decision to change graduation ceremony plans is ‘disappointing,’ student says

USC masters student Sarah Schornstein told ‘Fox & Friends First’ on Monday that she is “excited for what it to come but it’s definitely disappointing for sure and not what I was expecting for the end of my college career” after the university changed its graduation ceremony plans amid anti-Israel protests. 

University of Southern California had announced Thursday that it was canceling its main stage commencement ceremony for 2024 graduates as anti-Israel protests had shut down its campus, drawing a backlash. 

“With the new safety measures in place this year, the time needed to process the large number of guests coming to campus will increase substantially. As a result, we will not be able to host the main stage ceremony that traditionally brings 65,000 students, families, and friends to our campus all at the same time and during a short window from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.,” USC stated on its website. 

Instead, the event will be held at a “portion” of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, according to USC. 

“I think the ultimate reason why did they did change it is because these encampments on campus have not only been interrupting finals and interrupting students’ activity on school property, but they have also been vandalizing different parts of campus,” Schornstein said. 

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Hims & Hers CEO walks back praise for anti-Israel protesters after stock drops

Hims & Hers founder and CEO Andrew Dudum said Sunday that his previous comments offering support for anti-Israel protesters on college campuses were “misconstrued by some” after the company’s stock dipped.

In a thread on X, Dudum said he wished to clarify his earlier comments and said he does not support violence, antisemitism or intimidation.

“The last few days have been a disheartening reflection of just how divisive a time we live in,” Dudum began. “I’d like to clarify a few things because my words have been misconstrued by some.”

“I, in no way condone nor support acts or threats of violence, antisemitism, or intimidation and there is absolutely no justification for violence on our campuses,” he continued. “Every student deserves to feel safe without fear of harm or being targeted for who they are. I am deeply saddened that my support for peaceful protest has been interpreted by some as encouraging violence, intimidation, or bigotry of any kind.”

This comes after Dudum, whose company provides telehealth services and prescription medication for issues such as hair loss, erectile dysfunction and skin problems, said Wednesday that demonstrators’ future employment is not as important as standing up for the cause they believe in.

“Moral courage > College degree If you’re currently protesting against the genocide of the Palestinian people & for your university’s divestment from Israel, keep going,” Dudum wrote on X. “It’s working. There are plenty of companies & CEOs eager to hire you, regardless of university discipline.”

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Universities cave to anti-Israel agitators to end occupations as others allow encampments to stay

As nationwide anti-Israel demonstrations on college campuses near three weeks of activity, some universities have requested the assistance of police to deal with the problem, while others have caved in and agreed to certain demands by the protesters.  

The decisions by administrators to either concede some demands of the protesters or allow their activity to continue, stand out amid the chaotic scenes and more than 2,400 arrests on dozens of campuses nationwide since mid-April. Tent encampments and building takeovers have disrupted classes at some schools, including Columbia, USC and UCLA. 

The protesters have mostly demanded that their university cut all ties with Israel, including study abroad programs and links to the Israeli military, now embroiled in the war in Gaza.

Rutgers University, Brown University and Northwestern University are some of the universities that have reached agreements with the protesters. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jennifer Lopez stuns in sheer dress at Met Gala as celebs embrace head-turning theme

Fashion took center stage at the 2024 Met Gala red carpet on the first Monday in May.

Hosted at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the theme for the Met Gala was “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” with a dress code of “The Garden of Time” inspired by J.G. Ballard’s story of the same name.

Kim Kardashian dared to bare wearing a Maison Margiela Couture gown by John Galliano which featured a silver corset and a hand-wired skirt made with metal elements. She kept somewhat covered up underneath a gray cashmere cardigan.

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Rita Ora showed some skin wearing a colorful beaded Marni gown with cutouts running along the length of her body. She told Vogue that the beaded material dates “back to the first and second century B.C.”

Emily Ratajkowski showed some skin wearing a vintage Atelier Versace Haute Couture dress from the 2001 fall/winter collection. 

Ratajkowski left little to the imagination in the crystal-encrusted piece which included long sleeves and a small train.

Kendall Jenner rocked a ’99 Givenchy Haute Couture gown with delicate layers of black and nude tulle covering her body. A cut-out waist detail highlighted her supermodel frame, which had more than 100,000 beads and sequins embroidered onto the dress.

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Her gown was inspired by the great paintings from the Renaissance and has been preserved in the archives since 1999. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star was the first person to wear the dress.

Meg Ryan made a rare red carpet appearance at the Met Gala wearing a black Michael Kors gown. Her sheer bodice featured delicate floral appliques which wrapped down into a billowing full skirt.

Jennifer Lopez dazzled in a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress designed by Daniel Roseberry.

Her strapless sheath gown featured a plunging neckline with a slit toward the front and illusion tulle. More than 2.5 million silver foil bugles and beads, and 8000 hours of hand embroidery work were required to complete Lopez’s look as the 2024 Met Gala co-chair.

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Irina Shayk simply sparkled on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a full-length dress made entirely of Swarovski crystals. The supermodel’s scoop-neck dress was covered in 84,000 crystals by six artisans, and took more than 200 hours to create, according to Vogue.

“When I first saw the sketches, I was blown away by the level of intricacy,” Shayk said.

Dua Lipa dressed in black lace wearing a Marc Jacobs design complete with a long skirt, elbow-length gloves, cream-colored corset and a feather boa.

Elle Fanning flaunted a hint of skin in her custom Balmain dress which featured a nude bodysuit and ice-like bird sculptures sitting on her shoulders.

Jessica Biel made a statement on the Met Gala red carpet wearing an eye-popping pink floral gown adorned with thousands of petals. Before the main event, she joked on TikTok that she soaked in 20 lbs. of Epsom salt for 30 minutes to prep for the night.

South African singer Tyla was “sealed inside” of her dress before stepping onto the Met Gala red carpet wearing sand. She told Entertainment Tonight that creating her look took “a long time” as designers used “real sand” pressed onto her body.

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Dem lawmaker issues warning about Trump supporters ‘in the hills’: ‘Better be careful’

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., warned that right-wing organizations connected to Trump are “training up in the hills somewhere” to attack if Biden wins the election in November.

The California Democrat discussed the former president on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” and warned that we “better be careful” about what he could do. She also suggested that Biden and the Justice Department get involved in preemptively stopping right-wing violence.

“I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to ask the Justice Department, and I am going to ask the president to tell us what they are going to do to protect this country against violence if [Biden] loses,” she remarked.

“I want to know about all of those right-wing organizations that [Trump] is connected with who are training up in the hills somewhere and targeting what communities they are going to attack. We need to know now, given that he is telling us there is going to be violence if he loses. We need to know what his plan is and how we are going to be protected,” Waters said.

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Earlier in the segment, she emphasized the danger Trump poses to the U.S.

“You can’t trust anything that Donald Trump has to say. No matter if he loses, he is going to say it was fraud. He still has not accepted what happened in the last presidential election. We have to be very concerned about a former President of the United States talking about attacking his own country, talking about perhaps a bloodbath, talking about perhaps there is going to be trouble. He said it in so many different ways,” Waters said.

She added, “We should take him seriously. This man does not believe in the Constitution. He wants to be a dictator. This is a dangerous human being. We have to know what our country is going to do to protect us from him.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Waters’ office for a comment.

Though Waters warned about right-wing Trump supporters attacking people, in 2018, she infamously called for her supporters to publicly confront and “absolutely harass” members of his cabinet.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out, and you create a crowd,” Waters said. “And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.”

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In 2021, she also called on protesters to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin was not convicted of murdering George Floyd.

“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” Waters said.

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Red state issues stark warning to most dangerous juvenile offenders, days are numbered

Tennessee lawmakers have sent a “blended sentencing” bill to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk that will crack down on lenient punishments for the worst of the worst juvenile offenders by handing them adult punishments after they age out of the juvenile system.

Under current law, the juvenile justice system loses jurisdiction over a young offender after his or her 19th birthday. The blended sentencing bill gives serious offenders a maximum of three to five additional years in adult prison if they meet certain negative criteria after aging out.

“If they’re 17 or 18 years old, and they commit a violent crime, and they’re not prosecuted as an adult, by the time they turn age 19, their record is wiped clean,” said Tennessee House Speaker Cameraon Sexton, who introduced the bill. “Nobody can see it anymore. They get a free pass.” 

Under the new bill, juvenile suspects 16 or older who are found responsible for the equivalent of an adult class A, B or C felony, can face a “blended” sentence that includes adult punishment, ranging from probation to prison time, after their 18th birthday. No blended sentence can extend beyond the offender’s 25th birthday.

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Young offenders would no longer go scot-free after serving less than two years for a violent crime such as carjacking a family at gunpoint, Sexton told Fox News Digital. 

“We worked with the juvenile judges as much as we could to come up with something that was reasonable, something that would hold them accountable and put in place a blended sentencing model where if you were a juvenile, and you truly wanted to get back to society in a good place, then we put in some conditions that you had to follow,” he said. “And you have to do three of seven, graduate high school, get a GED, obtain a job, not commit more crimes, and you have to do a certain number of those over the next little bit not to be moved to adult court or held over to the age of 25.”

The blended sentencing bill passed both the state House and Senate at the end of April, and sets stringent guidelines for the most serious offenses, requiring young criminals to demonstrate that they plan to turn their lives around if they want to avoid adult prison time.

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“This isn’t stealing a candy bar from a grocery store,” Sexton told Fox News Digital. “This would be carjackings. This would be murders. This would be kidnappings.”

Sexton said lawmakers drew up the bill after the state saw a spike in juvenile carjackings during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of the state’s successful “truth in sentencing” bill that put an end to early prison release for violent criminals.

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“The juveniles were being given a slap on the wrist, and you just saw one after another making bail, getting out without any bail and re-offending,”  “So we started looking, at what we could do to handle juvenile crime.” 

Gov. Lee is expected to sign it into law after a series of brazen crimes.

Just last month, Memphis Police Officer Joseph McKinney died in a shootout with two teen suspects, ages 17 and 18. Police did not identify them but said one of the two, who had been released from custody just days before, was killed as well. 

In September 2022, Memphis saw a shocking active shooter attack in which a 19-year-old suspect, Ezekiel Kelly, was accused of driving around the city and livestreaming multiple shootings in a rampage that killed four and injured three.

Despite his age, he had a lengthy rap sheet and had already been released from prison early after a plea deal let him avoid an attempted murder charge and admit to the lesser crime of aggravated assault.

Offenders like Kelly, whose spree of carnage came to an end when he crashed a stolen car and police closed in, would no longer get a shot at early freedom and would remain on law enforcement’s radar under the new bill.

Even when released, they would be required to meet certain criteria, including finishing school or getting a GED, avoiding committing new crimes – and holding down a job or getting into college.

“You have a very vocal minority that started saying five or six years ago, ‘You got to give criminals a chance. You got to be nice to them. You got to give them all the tools to turn their life around,'” he said. “If you’re committing petty crimes, OK, I can understand that. But we said, there’s a line. When you cross that line, and you commit these crimes, you move from being a small-time criminal to a major criminal.”

Critics warn the bill could face constitutional challenges, but Sexton said lawmakers discussed the measure with prosecutors, law enforcement, mayors and even judges before putting it up for a vote.

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Sexton said the state House is also working on a separate legislative plan, the Juvenile Prohibitor Bill, which would block violent juvenile offenders from legally being able to purchase a gun until they are 25 or older.

In 2026, state voters will have the chance to weigh in on another bail reform measure – an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would expand the list of violent charges a judge can hold a defendant without bond for.

Female darts player refuses to play transgender opponent, forced to pay the price for it

British female darts player Deta Hedman refused to play against a transgender competitor in the Denmark Open over the weekend and removed herself from the competition.

Hedman was set to face Noa-Lynn van Leuven in the quarterfinals of the tournament but opted not to play instead and forefeited. Hedman pushed back on reports she pulled out of the match due to an illness and also declined compensation she may have lost due to her decision.

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“No fake illness I said I wouldn’t play a man in a ladies event,” Hedman wrote on X.

She added, “This subject causing much angst in the sport I love . People can be whoever they want in life but I don’t think biological born men should compete in Women’s sport.”

Van Leuven eventually lost to Beau Graves in the semifinals. Van Leuven defeated Graves in March in a women’s event in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) as well as a mixed event.

Van Leuven told The Guardian last year that the transition began at the age of 16, and as van Leuven started to move into women’s competitive darts, the backlash began.

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“I was getting more and more unhappy with myself, to a point that I didn’t want to live any more,” van Leuven told the outlet. “And that was the moment where I thought: I can go two sides now. I can end it, or I can live as who I want to live.”

PDC chief executive Matt Porter told The Guardian last year that van Leuven complies with the organization’s transgender participation policy. The PDC follows the Darts Regulation Authority’s policy, which is governed by the International Olympic Committee.

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The IOC’s darts policy requires transgender female competitors to have a testosterone level below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months and that gender identity cannot be changed for at least four years. The transgender female may not have a “presumption of advantage” and the IOC advises sports to “disproportionate advantage, which needs therefore to be mitigated.”

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Woman goes viral for out-of-the-box icebreaker move to land friend a date

For many people, finding a suitable romantic match can be quite a challenge. 

Merely from looking at social media and dating apps alone, many often feel overwhelmed by the amount of places to find “the perfect match.”

Natalie Abatemarco, a 25-year-old content creator from New York, decided to change things up for a single friend of hers. 

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Abatemarco recently went viral on TikTok, with some 550,000 views at the time of this report, for showing how she tried helping get her friend to get a date: by using business cards. 

The content creator told SWNS she made 500 business cards with her friend’s face on them — then included a QR code with links to her friend’s social media accounts, plus a short bio. 

Abatemarco and her friends distributed the cards to eligible men while out and about in the city. 

She said it was a gift to her friend — who wishes to remain anonymous — as a funny “secret Santa” present this year. 

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“One of my friends is single, so I wanted to make a gift that would be useful but get a giggle from my friends,” she told SWNS. 

“We were parading around New York City handing out the cards to people she thought [were] cute.” 

Abatemarco said the business cards were a “great icebreaker,” although they didn’t lead to any formal dates, at least as of now. 

“It makes our evening so much better when we go out,” Abatemarco noted, adding that it typically ends in a “funny situation” for all involved. 

Abatemarco said if she were single, she’d use the business card idea herself. 

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This isn’t the first time single women have taken things to the next level in an effort to find a good date. 

In Sept. 2023, Karolina Geits walked down the streets of New York City holding a self-made cardboard sign that announced she was “looking for a husband.”

The 29-year-old told Fox News Digital at the time that it was originally a joke between her and some friends, since dating apps weren’t working. 

Geits amended her statement in Dec. 2023 with “looking for a rich husband” — and that TikTok video has over 24 million views to date. 

Then there was another interesting situation. Michelle Arshad, 24, from Toronto told SWNS that she made custom stamps to place on potential spouses’ hands when out and about. 

Her stamp read, “You’re cute, and I’m cute. You should hit me up if you’re single” — while dropping her Instagram handle. 

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Whenever she would meet a potential suitor, she would simply ask for the person’s hand and stamp it as an icebreaker move, she said. 

Meanwhile, some women are simply fed up with the whole dating scene — and are going “boy sober.”

Carly Galluzzo, a 28-year-old from Long Island, New York, declared she was going “boy sober” after realizing she didn’t need to have the pressure of dating someone all the time. 

“I felt that I had to keep dating [and] it didn’t matter whether the men were good or not,” she said.

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She told SWNS, “What I’m feeling right now, I could do this forever and be happy.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Abatemarco for further comment and updates about the business card activity.

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Inside the ‘Golden Bachelor’ argument that allegedly led to divorce

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist said their divorce came down to their living situation, but according to “Bachelor” alum Ben Higgins, there was more to it.

During Monday’s episode of “The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous” podcast with Ashley Iaconetti, Higgins claims a disagreement over cornfields led to their rift.

“This is a rumor. I want to be clear that as I preface this, this is a rumor of a generalization of a conversation that Gerry and Theresa had, and I think you’re gonna find it interesting,” Higgins began.

He explained that prior to a trip to Indiana, Turner and Nist were allegedly already “not seeing eye-to-eye in life.”

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As they were driving from the airport, where Turner picked up Nist, heading for his lake house two hours away, Nist’s comments about the many, many cornfields in the area, highlighted a surprising issue between the couple.

According to Higgins, “[She said], ‘Wow, look at all this beautiful untouched land. Think about what could be done if they developed it. Condos, office buildings, apartments. Think about the towns that could congregate in these open fields and think about the people that would be interested in moving here. And look at that lake. There’s a lake with only cornfields around it. Think about if they build up a resort where people could vacation to.’ And Gerry’s comment back to her, again, a rumor, was, ‘You don’t take land from a farmer.’”

He added, “This was a big start to them disagreeing on how they saw the world and what they imagined for the world and how they wanted to invest into the world.”

Representatives for Turner and Nist did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Iaconetti jokingly doubted the story, and Higgins again emphasized it was just a rumor.

The episode’s guest, former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules, who also happens to be a farmer, said he could see “both sides” of the argument.

“There’s areas that would benefit from development and economically, it makes sense. But there’s a ton of land out there, farmers have plenty of land to farm, and sometimes there’s some misconceptions that, maybe, there’s a shortage, but they’re not making any more new land, so there’s that,” Soules said. “But that doesn’t seem like something that should interfere in a fundamental breakup of a relationship, I would say. I think there’s a happy medium that we can all live with. … I don’t think that should have resulted in [a breakup], but you, to each their own, I guess.”

Soules also noted that distance can be a “factor” post-show.

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Turner and Nist announced their divorce last month after three months of marriage.

“Theresa and I have had a number of heart-to-heart conversations, and we’ve looked closely at our situation, our living situation, so forth and — and we’ve kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it’s probably time for us to — dissolve our marriage,” Turner said during an appearance on “Good Morning America” last month with Nist.

Nist added, “We have received so much love and support from so many people who watched ‘The Golden Bachelor,’ and I don’t think we can tell you how many people told us that it gave them so much hope. We want none of that to change for anybody.”

The couple married in January of this year in a televised ceremony, after Turner proposed in the season finale of the ABC reality dating series.

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Settling on a living situation seemed to be an issue. Nist is based in New Jersey and Turner in Indiana, and while they had plans to move to South Carolina, they didn’t come to fruition.

“We looked at homes in South Carolina, we considered New Jersey, and we just looked at home after home, but we never got to the point where we made that decision,” Nist explained on “Good Morning America.”

They also made it clear that they did not have any animosity towards each other, and the issue was not that they had fallen out of love, as Turner said, “I still love this person. There’s no doubt in my mind, I still am in love with her. I root for her every day.”

HUGH HEWITT: Which nation leads ‘the West?’ Why today’s United States takes a backseat

Which nation is the leader of “The West?”

To answer that question you must first define what “The West” is

There are a hundred different definitions, and indeed an entire PBS series devoted to that question. “Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Feruguson” debuted in 2012, and the accomplished historian issued a companion book at the same time and with the same title. 

“In ‘Civilization: The West and the Rest,’” the summary of the book relays, “bestselling author Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic.”

Those characteristics are fine and easily applied to exclude from “The West” tyrannies such as the People’s Republic of China, Russia and Iran and all of their puppet states or proxies. But it does not include the essential ingredient: freedom. “The West” is defined by this essential, must-have feature: Some significant measure of individual liberty. That liberty must include the rule of law and not the rule of despots or oligarchs. There  is no rule of law where the law can be easily manipulated or avoided. There cannot be in any member nation of “The West” a secret police that operates without restraint and oversight but solely on the direction of unaccountable despot(s).

The members of “The West” have free elections at regular intervals and guarantee freedom of conscience, speech and almost always movement within their boundaries to their citizens. Constitutions of member states may be written as in the United States, or unwritten as in the United Kingdom. 

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Nations in “The West” may be large or small, rich or poor, and since the end of  World War Two at least, can be found on every continent. Countries can be part of “The West” and then lose that status as has happened to Venezuela, or it can aspire and eventually join or re-join “The West” as has happened with many former members of the now defunct “Warsaw Pact.” Poland is one such country, as are many others surrounding Ukraine. Ukraine aspires to be part of “The West” and is fighting and its people suffering and many thousands dying to keep that dream alive. Japan was a tyranny and an empire but, defeated by the Allies in 1945, it is now among The West’s leaders. 

Even as the definition becomes clearer, the first question becomes more and more difficult to answer: “Which nation leads the West?” 

Until December 7, 1941, the leader of “The West” was the United Kingdom, standing alone after the defeat of France by Hitler’s Germany in 1940. After Pearl Harbor, the United States was thrust into that role and has remained there without question until this decade. Until very recently in fact. 

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Now, there are reasons to doubt that leadership, for the United States has failed to fulfill that role since 10/7, slipping again and again into a catastrophic ambiguity about the nature of the alliance of “The West,” and at times throwing into considerable doubt whether we can be relied upon as an ally and as an enemy of tyrants and maniacs. A similar palsy overtook us in the aftermath of our loss of the Vietnam War, during the presidency of Jimmy Carter.  President Ronald Reagan cured and restored us. That palsy that marked the late 1970s in the United States has returned. 

The U.S. remains by far the wealthiest and strongest nation in the world, but it is at present divided at home and deeply confused about good and evil, friend and enemy. President Biden, already infirm and increasingly incoherent seems to be headed towards incapacity, but he is, by operation of the Constitution, the Commander-in-Chief of our supremely strong military. We cannot know what he is like in private and many Americans suspect he is not in full control of the Executive Branch. Certainly many suspect that some among our allies are concerned about his “leadership.”

President Biden’s infirmity and growing incoherence has indeed caused the whole world to wonder if anyone at all is in charge of the country. Of course few will say this out loud. America’s power to punish is still robust even if its president isn’t. So our allies pretend that all is fine, while our enemies plot and plan. But since the collapse in Afghanistan signaled to the world that the United States was run by a band of weak bumblers headed in title if not in fact by a very old man of limited ability, it is hard to argue that the United States is “leading”’anything at all these days.

If “The West” as understood as the family of nations committed to everything laid out above has any leader at all right now, it seems like Israel is the only candidate qualified to step up into the vacuum left by the U.S. paralyzed by the weakness of its leadership. But Israel is also under siege on the world stage and at war with ruthless enemies, and the United States is of a divided mind about Israel, with the left wing of the Democratic Party apparently afraid that Israel might actually win and destroy the military capabilities of Hamas and perhaps after that Hezbollah. 

If the United States cannot proudly stand with Israel on the side of victory by Israel over an evil terrorist puppet of an evil theocracy, then we have to, at least for a season, given up title to leadership of “The West.” Israel is the unlikeliest of all nations to become the most courageous defender of the West’s highest and best traditions, but there it is: Alone and besieged, with weak-kneed allies and an absurd world media elite that has lost any idea of why a free press matters, this nation reborn in 1958 is still very young, but it is very much a nation of warriors and however rancorous its internal politics, it has not lost sight of its purpose. 

In his introduction to a book of essays, “The City and Man,” the most significant political theorist of the last century, Leo Strauss, wrote this:

“However much the power of the West may have declined, however great the dangers to the West may be, that decline, that danger, nay, the defeat, even the destruction of the West would not necessarily prove that the West is in a crisis: the West could go down in honor, certain of its purpose. The crisis of the West consists in the West’s having become uncertain of its purpose.”

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Israel is not uncertain of its purpose. America or at least its present Executive Branch quite obviously is. If there are any other nominees for the job of leading The West, by all means nominate them, or work to restore America to its former position. Until that happens, every citizen of the West looking for a nation committed to the freedom of its citizens and willing to defend that freedom at the cost of extraordinary losses of life and treasure, will need to study the example of Israel, and be willing to develop the weapons it will need to deter the enemies of freedom who have quite openly organized against “The West.”

Hugh Hewitt is host of “The Hugh Hewitt show,” heard weekday mornings 6am to 9am ET on the Salem Radio Network, and simulcast on Salem News Channel. Hugh wakes up America on over 400 affiliates nationwide, and on all the streaming platforms where SNC can be seen. He is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel’s news roundtable hosted by Brett Baier weekdays at 6pm ET. A son of Ohio and a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, Hewitt has been a Professor of Law at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law since 1996 where he teaches Constitutional Law. Hewitt launched his eponymous radio show from Los Angeles in 1990.  Hewitt has frequently appeared on every major national news television network, hosted television shows for PBS and MSNBC, written for every major American paper, has authored a dozen books and moderated a score of Republican candidate debates, most recently the November 2023 Republican presidential debate in Miami and four Republican presidential debates in the 2015-16 cycle. Hewitt focuses his radio show and his column on the Constitution, national security, American politics and the Cleveland Browns and Guardians. Hewitt has interviewed tens of thousands of guests from Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump over his 40 years in broadcasting, and this column previews the lead story that will drive his radio/TV show today.

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