John Fetterman
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Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) on Sunday denounced the ongoing pro-Palestinian Arab college protests, saying they are “working against peace in the Middle East”, The Hill reported.

Speaking to CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Fetterman was asked he considers flying the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flag during the demonstrations to be antisemitic.

“No, I don’t think that … but I will, I will say that these kinds of protests haven’t been helpful. And ironically, they are actually working against peace in [the] Middle East as well,” he replied. “And it’s also very strange to me that now they’re not actually protesting for a ceasefire now, and there’s been a very valid ceasefire that’s been on the table now.”

“And Hamas has been refused to take that on, and I don’t know why we’re not — if we’re going to protesting why aren’t we protesting that they are demanding Hamas to take that kind of a ceasefire, and then that would end all of that — the trauma and the chaotic going on there in Gaza?” he added.

Fetterman stressed that the war could end if Hamas agreed to release all the hostages.

“Can’t forget that the situation right now could end right now, if Hamas just surrendered and they just sent all of those hostages home again. And that’s also the thing that I’ve been frustrated to is now, that those hostages should be really in front of the conversations about the situation in Gaza,” he added.

Fetterman has been a staunch supporter of Israel. Near the start of the war, he put up posters of the Israelis who were abducted by Hamas in his front office and said that those photos will stay up until every single person is safely returned home.

When anti-Israel protesters showed up outside Fetterman's office, chanting accusations of genocide, he responded by waving an Israeli flag from the roof of the building.

Several weeks ago, the Senator posted a video on social media in which he vowed to keep bringing up the issue of the hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza until they return home.