AOC Praises Columbia Protest Encampment After ‘Student Leader’ Said ‘Zionists Don’t Deserve To Live’
VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES - APRIL 22: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivers remarks on Earth Day event at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia, United States on April 22, 2024.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visited the anti-Semitic protest encampment at Columbia University this week and praised its leadership, which comes after video went viral of one of the most vocal students in the protest saying earlier this year that “Zionists don’t deserve to live.”

Ocasio-Cortez traveled to the school on Friday where the demonstrations have generated national headlines for over a week.

“The leadership you have is so excellent,” Ocasio-Cortez told one of the activists. “It’s really special. It’s really amazing.”


The Daily Wire unearthed earlier this week that Khymani James, who CNN described as a “student protest leader,” openly stated in a live-stream of an official university inquiry in January that “Zionists don’t deserve to live.”

James, who was reportedly barred from campus late this week, had claimed in a statement posted to social media on Friday that he was the victim of “far right agitators” who he said posted his remarks on social media “without context.”

In a video stream from January, he made the case for Zionists to die several times and stated “Zionists don’t deserve to live.”

James said he made the comment because he was feeling “unusually upset after an online mob targeted me because I am visibly queer and Black.”


The full meeting with Columbia University and his comments afterward on the livestream are below.

James, who goes by “he/she/they” pronouns, is the spokesperson of the Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) group and has been the visible face of the protests that have garnered national attention, including holding a press conference on Wednesday.

Related: Columbia Student Claims He ‘Misspoke’ After Repeatedly Calling For Zionists To Die In Hour-Long Livestream

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