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The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a resolution condemning the support of Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations at higher education institutions, The Hill reported.

The resolution — which was approved by a 396-23 vote — took aim at colleges that have been embroiled in controversy over responses to the Israel-Hamas war, declaring that the support of Hamas and Hezbollah on campuses “may lead to the creation of a hostile environment for Jewish students, faculty, and staff.”

It also calls on campus administrators to condemn antisemitism on college campuses; ensure Jewish faculty, students and guests are able to exercise free speech rights guaranteed to others without intimidation; and urges the enforcement of Federal civil rights laws meant to protect Jewish students.

“Today, the People’s House sent a clear message to the nation: We firmly reject evil, we strongly support Israel, and we will root out the rotten ideologies found in our higher education system,” Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), the sponsor of the resolution, wrote in a statement on Thursday.

The resolution follows an uptick in anti-Israel incidents on college campuses in the US following Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel.

The legislation lists a number of examples across multiple campuses where either professors or students expressed support for Hamas.

One instance took place at The George Washington University, where pro-Palestine students illuminated on the side of the library messages that said “Free Palestine from the River to the Sea” and “Glory to our Martyrs.”

At Cornell University, a professor said he was “exhilarated” by Hamas’ attack on Israel, and declared that “Hamas has challenged the monopoly of violence”. The professor, Russell Rickford, later apologized.

Also at Cornell, a student was criminally charged this week after allegedly making threats of a mass shooting and antisemitic violence.

The menacing messages, posted over the weekend on a forum about fraternities and sororities, alarmed students at the school in upstate New York and led to students being advised to stay away from the school’s kosher dining hall.

Last week, Jewish students at Cooper Union College in New York City were forced to lock themselves inside the library as a mob of anti-Israeli protesters blocked the doors.

About 40 minutes later, security escorted the students out of the building via a tunnel.

Earlier this month, alumni of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School launched an online petition in which they urge the Dean of the Law School to make a statement against the atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel and be a voice of morality.

At Columbia University, an Israeli American professor blasted his employer in a fiery speech on campus, in which he ripped the university and its president for not publicly denouncing pro-Palestinian Arab student organizations.

Last week, the US Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution denouncing antisemitism at higher education institutions and pushing leaders, administrators and faculty to voice their opposition to antisemitism on campus.