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Pro-Palestinian protesters try to shut down campus free speech House hearing

Protesters escorted out of hearing room one by one after preventing conservative student from testifying for several minutes.

Published: November 8, 2023 10:57am

Updated: November 8, 2023 12:20pm

Campus shout-downs came to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning as several pro-Palestinian protesters tried to shut down a hearing on campus free speech that focused on attempts to censor conservative speech and threats against Jewish students after the Hamas terrorist attack against Israel.

They successively stood up, holding signs and shouting slogans such as "free Gaza" and "stop silencing Palestinian students," as the first witness tried to start his remarks, recent University of Buffalo graduate and former Young Americans for Freedom chapter chairman Connor Ogrydziak.

Security guards escorted them out one by one, delaying the hearing by several minutes as Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, remained silent and occasionally inviting Ogrydziak to try again.

Another interruption happened when Amanda Silberstein, a student at Cornell University and board member at Chabad Cornell, testified as the third witness.