Pro-Hamas rallies in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale are “abhorrent,” according to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate. “Hamas is a terrorist group that is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and commits atrocities to further that end.”
“We are proud of the relationship between Florida and Israel, and remember well the support we received from the IDF following the Surfside tower collapse,” he added. “Florida stands with Israel as it faces one of its greatest challenges.”
Images and footage of pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel rallies circulated on social media, including protests in front of the White House, in Times Square in Manhattan, in Chicago and in the United Kingdom.
“Emboldened antisemites are rallying in New York today. The masks are now off. The supporters of terrorism have made themselves known to the world,” wrote Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-N.Y.). “If you stand with the New York City chapter of Democratic Socialists of America at this rally, you stand with Hamas. You stand with evil.”