Anti-Israel protesters slammed as being 'gutless' for wearing masks to hide identities

Anti-Israel protesters who are concealing their identities behind coronavirus masks and other face coverings while wreaking havoc on American college campuses are "gutless" and symbolize the "opposite of courage," critics tell Fox News Digital. 

The cloth coverings that played a prominent role in the lives of Americans during the pandemic have recently been thrust back into the national spotlight as demonstrators around the country are using them to hide their faces while calling for an end to the war in Gaza. But protests involving masked demonstrators at campuses such as Columbia University and UCLA have led to property damage, violence and hundreds of arrests. 

"It is the opposite of courage to hide behind a mask and to intimidate and menace, let alone physically harass or assault people," Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, told Fox News Digital. "But when schools allow this, it can create not just vulnerability but real danger for the campus community." 

"If you show up for an event dressed like a bank robber, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for people to ask are you really there to exercise your constitutional right to freedom of assembly – you have something else in mind," he added. 

One student who was protesting at New York University told Fox News this week that she was wearing a mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus.  

Other students around the country that spoke to The New York Times said they were masking up over concerns about having their identities exposed by pro-Israel groups accusing them of antisemitism or being the subject of viral videos and online harassment. 

"They are doing it just to hide their identity," Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., told Fox News Digital. "I feel like also they are probably paid – some of them are not university students and they are paid instigators, and so they are trying to hide that further." 

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