George Washington University students projected messages onto the college library building Tuesday night, praising Hamas terrorists and urging for Palestine to be “free.”
Stop Antisemitism, a nonprofit watchdog group, shared images on social media of the statements that George Washington University students projected on Tuesday.
“George Washington University – students are projecting horrifying messages onto a school library building glorifying Hamas terrorists that beheaded babies, raped teenage girls, and murdered 1400+ people,” the organization tweeted. “We call on President @PresidentofGW to immediately expel those involved.”
The projected messages on George Washington University’s campus library included “Glory to our martyrs, Free Palestine from the river to the sea,” and “Divestment from Zionist genocide now.” Fox News reported two additional signs on the campus, which read, “GW the Blood of Palestinians is on Your Hands” and “Your Tuition is Funding Genocide in Gaza.”
Stop Antisemitism also shared a video that showed a police officer giving a ticket to four individuals believed to be students of the university. One of the individuals repeatedly argued with the police officer, insisting that the projected images did not break the school’s policy about damaging property since the signs were “not physically on the side of the wall.”
“We’re not going to sit here and argue,” the police officer said. “The answer is no. You’ve been out here for an hour.”
In the video, the four individuals can be seen next to the projection equipment. At least two of the individuals were wearing masks.
“The four students responsible for the pro terrorist light show are now being confronted by police,” StopAntisemitism posted on X. “They refuse to move and continue to argue with police. Unbelievable.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) shared images of the projected statements on social media late Tuesday night, demanding that the individuals be held responsible and be “severely punished” by the university.
“These are genocidal messages displayed on a building at George Washington University,” he wrote. “If the students responsible for these messages aren’t severely punished by GWU, something is terribly wrong. Genocide isn’t hip, cute, or in any way acceptable. GWU—do the right thing NOW!”
After the tragic attacks against Israel by Hamas terrorists earlier this month, George Washington University President Ellen Granberg released a statement reflecting on the “tragic loss of life” inflicted on Israel. In her statement, Granberg emphasized the importance of the university’s students supporting each other and refraining from displays of “discrimination.”
“Absolutely everyone deserves to feel welcome and safe on our campuses,” she said. “Violence, discrimination or harassment against any member of the Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian, Arab or Muslim communities will not be tolerated at GW. We are all a part of a shared community, and this is an important moment for us to come together. In the days ahead, I urge you to show compassion, patience and support for one another.”