US President Joe Biden gave remarks on Thursday addressing the ongoing anti-Israel protests on college campuses across America.

"We've all seen images, and they put to the test two fundamental American principles. The first is the right to free speech and for people to peacefully assemble to make their voices heard. The second is the rule of law. Both must be upheld," the President opened.

"We are not an authoritarian nation where we silence people or squash dissent. In fact, peaceful protest is the best tradition of how Americans respond to consequential issues. But neither are we a lawless country; we are a civil society, and order must prevail," he added.

"Throughout our history, we often face moments like this because we are a big, diverse, free-thinking, and freedom-loving nation. In moments like this, there are always those who rush in to score political points. But this isn't a moment for politics, it's a moment for clarity.

"So let me be clear: peaceful protest in America, violent protest is not protected, peaceful protest is. It's against the law when violence occurs. Destroying property is not a peaceful protest, it's against the law. Vandalism, trespassing, breaking windows, shutting down campuses, forcing the cancellation of classes and graduations, none of this is a peaceful protest. Threatening people, intimidating people, instilling fear in people is not peaceful protest - it's against the law. Dissent is essential to democracy, dessent must never lead to disorder or to denying the rights of others, so students can finish the semester and their college education," Biden emphasized.

"Look," he explained, "It's basically a matter of fairness and what's right. There's the right to protest, but not the right to cause chaos. People have a right to education, they have the right to get a degree, and the right to walk across campus safely, without fear of being attacked."

The President added: "I must be clear about this as well, there should be no place on any campus, no place in America, for antisemitism or threats of violence against Jewish students. There is no place for hate speech or violence of any kind, whether it's antisemitism, Islamophobia, or discrimination against Arab Americans or Palestinian Americans. It's simply wrong, there's no place for racism in America. It's all wrong, it's unAmerican! I understand people have deep feelings and deep convictions, in America we respect the right and protect the right for them to express that, but it doesn't mean anything goes. It needs to be done without violence, without destruction, without hate, and within the law."

Biden concluded: "Make no mistake, as President, I will always stand up for free speech, and I will always stand up for the rule of law. That's my responsibility to you, the American people, and my obligation to the Constitution."