EXCLUSIVE: Gaza camp comes down at UW after college pres caves to demands—cops would not even enter protest 'due to officer safety concerns'

The violent Gaza camp at the University of Washington finally disbanded Monday afternoon.

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
The violent Gaza camp at the University of Washington finally disbanded on Monday afternoon. Campers packed up and left, leaving behind trash, graffiti, a damaged walkway, and ruined grass in the Quad. One professor said the damage was in the "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Now many are asking how the dangerous encampment was allowed to exist for so long.

According to a May 7 police report obtained by The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI, a UW Police officer responding to a student who was allegedly assaulted in the encampment wrote that he was told by his superior that "due to officer safety concerns we would not be entering the area." The revelation left many, including parents, students and faculty, asking why the encampment was allowed to remain on campus if it was too dangerous for even the police to enter.

Last week, students, faculty, and staff arriving on campus discovered what was described by UW's Vice President of the Office of External Affairs (OEA) Randy Hodgins in an email to staff obtained by The Daily as a “major escalation” of violent and antisemitic graffiti across “virtually every building” on the campus. The vandalism included graffiti on the base of a statue of the university's namesake George Washington being tagged with the words “Save a life. Kill your local colonizer,” and a symbol used in Hamas propaganda to target Jews. 

Following the vandalism, UW President Ana Mari Cauce released a statement asking activists to disband the violent Gaza camp which had been on the Quad for three weeks, but offering no consequences if they failed to do so. 

On Friday, Cauce announced that administrators and leaders of the encampment had struck a deal and that the activists would be disbanding. The deal included scholarships for Gazan students, the university forgoing any citations for those in the unsanctioned encampment, adding encampment representatives to divestment committees, and a university review of study abroad programs. 

The agreement was met with harsh criticism as many believed that the activists were allowed to get away with their violent acts.

Though the activists were not cited, a Christian street preacher who had been counter-protesting the encampment, was cited by the Seattle Police after failing to remove his tent from the area until the university apologized to Jewish students.

Last Sunday, a female journalist was allegedly assaulted and pulled into the barricades provided by UW to “protect” the Gaza camp on the Quad during a pro-Israel march of Jews and Christians.

According to another police report, one of the activists allegedly shouted "Kill all the Jews" at a female Jewish student walking through the encampment.

The week before, a Jewish student at the University of Washington and his friend were allegedly threatened by hammer-wielding men yelling at them in Arabic with their faces covered while walking through the Quad.

According to the police report obtained by Hoffman, the responding officer stated that the Jewish student was scared that the men were going to attack him and was worried about attending classes because he had previously been seen at a May 1 protest holding an Israeli flag.

However, officers recommended that “the case should remain closed and final disposition” because “Officers were unable to locate or identify any of the suspects.”

On the day of the incident, Washington’s Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office told The Ari Hoffman Show that Jewish students who felt they were harassed on the university’s campus should call a nonexistent hate crimes hotline that won’t be even in the testing phase until July of 2025.

Since the encampment was established, harassment of Jews on campus has increased and some have even been blocked from walking on campus.

Israeli flags have been stolen from students and destroyed, antisemitic slurs hurled at Jewish students, buildings were vandalized with antisemitic and anti-cop graffiti, and vigils and rallies were held for terrorists.

On Tuesday, a group of Antifa militants attacked journalist Johnathan Choe and his security guard on the campus near an event with Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk.

The chair of the Washington State Democrats continues to insist that the violent anti-Israel encampment is "peaceful."
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