National Guard Deployed Over Anti-Israel Protestors?

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( – On Monday, both Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) pushed for President Biden to deploy the National Guard in order to deal with the Pro-Palestinian protests at U.S. colleges, and especially Columbia university where the protesters have been disrupting activities and organizing sit-ins. 

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Hawley stated that Biden needed to call the National Guard at the universities to protect Jewish Americans. In his post, he also made reference to former President Eisenhower’s decision to deploy the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Ark., in order to keep the nine African-American students at Central High School Safe. At the time then-Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus (D) had also deployed the state’s National Guard to surround the school in an effort to block the nine students from integrating with the school. This had been after the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, which removed segregation arguing that it was unconstitutional. 

Cotton has now pushed for the Biden administration to follow a similar policy in order to break up the protests at Columbia University if New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) does not take control of the situation by deploying the New York National Guard. 

In his post on X, he argued that the protests in Columbia needed to stop immediately and that Joe Biden had a duty to break up these mobs if neither the governor nor mayor of New York City chose to take action. 

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