War in the Middle East made an appearance at the Jan. 8 opening of the Arizona Legislature.

House Republicans introduced a resolution supporting Israel in its struggle to defeat Hamas and won unanimous support.

Pro-Palestinian groups were at the Capitol to call for a ceasefire. They tried but weren’t allowed to enter the Capitol building.

It will be interesting to see if these pro-Palestinian actors try to do what they did to the California Legislature — shut it down.

Protesters in the hundreds disrupted the opening day of the California Assembly last Wednesday, forcing it to turn off the lights — literally.

As protesters poured into the Assembly chamber and unfurled their banners, state officials left the room and flipped the switch.

The Pro-Palestinian movement to end the Israel military advance in Gaza has been actively disrupting the daily lives of Americans across the country.

During the holiday rush, they blocked traffic to Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles International and New York’s John F. Kennedy International airports.

In New York, someone launched large makeshift balloons in what may have been a dangerous attempt to shut down air traffic. The FBI is investigating.

Will pro-Palestinian radicals attempt similar tactics in Arizona?

Perhaps. But they won’t win hearts and minds.

The ceasefire demonstrations on U.S. college campuses that carried with them the musk of antisemitism have been a disaster for the progressive left.

By threatening and assaulting Israel students at elite American universities, the protesters unleashed a backlash that resulted in the ouster of presidents of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Both presidents were slow to condemn the antisemitism on their campuses and badly bungled a question from New York U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik: Would they discipline students calling for the genocide of Jews?

Why everyone should call for:A ceasefire in Gaza

Their lawyerly answers to a moral question — it depends on the context — have triggered a full-on assault on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion regimes at the universities and in business and industry.

Wealthy Jewish benefactors have closed their wallets to major universities and will do so until they sweep away the ideology promoted by some DEI promoters who see a binary world of oppressors and oppressed, and Israel and the Jews as oppressors.

Arizona Speaker of the House Ben Toma on Monday called on lawmakers to support the State of Israel and “recognize (its) right to act decisively and unilaterally in self-defense to protect its citizens.”

Pro-Palestinian groups called for an end to the Israeli shelling of Gaza, where the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry reports some 20,000 Palestinians have died and more than 50,000 have been wounded in the conflict.

Hamas, which is designated a terrorist organization by the United States and much of the Western world, murdered, mutilated and tortured some 1,200 mostly Israeli Jews on Oct. 7.

Following those atrocities, the Israeli Defense Forces set out to destroy Hamas.

To end the conflict now with a permanent ceasefire would leave Hamas intact and deny Israelis the chance to defend their people.

The pro-Palestinian protesters march to their own drum. If they insist on disrupting the lives of people who are not involved in this conflict, they will continue to turn off Americans and bolster support for Israel.

They won’t listen to me, but I suggest they pay attention to what has already happened and choose wisely.

Phil Boas is an editorial columnist for The Arizona Republic. Email him at phil.boas@arizonarepublic.com.

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War in the Middle East made an appearance at the Jan. 8 opening of the Arizona Legislature.

House Republicans introduced a resolution supporting Israel in its struggle to defeat Hamas and won unanimous support.

Pro-Palestinian groups were at the Capitol to call for a ceasefire. They tried but weren’t allowed to enter the Capitol building.

It will be interesting to see if these pro-Palestinian actors try to do what they did to the California Legislature — shut it down.

Protesters in the hundreds disrupted the opening day of the California Assembly last Wednesday, forcing it to turn off the lights — literally.

As protesters poured into the Assembly chamber and unfurled their banners, state officials left the room and flipped the switch.

The Pro-Palestinian movement to end the Israel military advance in Gaza has been actively disrupting the daily lives of Americans across the........

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