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Conservative student journalist: I was pushed, stalked at Princeton pro-Palestinian rally

VIDEOS: Protesters followed reporter, blocked camera with flag

Students blocked a conservative journalist covering a pro-Palestinian walkout on Thursday at Princeton University, following her and covering her camera with signs and flags.

Alexandra Orbuch, editor in chief of the conservative, independent student newspaper The Princeton Tory, wrote on X the aggressive obstructions made her very uncomfortable.

“I stood at a distance, gathering footage and audio of the protestors, but protesters continued to stalk and harass me,” Orbuch wrote. Later, she added, “As the event progressed, the actions of the protestors became more brazen, and they moved closer and closer to me.”

Orbuch and The Princeton Tory published several videos on X showing student protesters repeatedly following the conservative journalist and blocking her camera.

In one video, a male student follows Orbuch for more than two minutes, holding up a sign to block her view as she moves away from him time after time. Orbuch asks him not to touch her and tells him he is standing too close, but he continues to follow her, the video shows.

“I repeatedly told him that his level of closeness made me extremely uncomfortable, and I attempted to move away a number of times,” she wrote on X. “He refused to leave me alone. It escalated to the point that he pushed me and stepped on my foot. Free speech is one thing. Assault is another.”

Another video by The Princeton Tory shows protesters chanting, “From Princeton to Gaza, globalize the Intifada,” and “There is only one solution, Intifada revolution.”

The video also shows three students attempting to block the student journalist from filming the event by holding signs in front of the camera.

Other videos show speakers saying Palestinians have the “right to resist, and live, by any means necessary” and the crowd chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police.”

College campuses have been the scene of numerous pro-Palestinian protests since Hamas terrorists attacked Israel on Oct. 7, slaughtering more than 1,200 civilians including children and the elderly.

Some of the campus protests have turned violent, and Jewish students and staff have reported an alarming rise in antisemitism.

MORE: Princeton students petition English Dept. to denounce Palestinian speaker who called Zionists ‘neonazi pigs’

IMAGE: Alexandra Orbuch/X

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About the Author
Micaiah Bilger is an assistant editor at The College Fix.