Florida orders state universities to disband pro-Palestinian student group, saying it backs Hamas

Republican presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaks Friday, Oct. 13 in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration is taking the extraordinary step of ordering state universities to ban a pro-Palestinian student organization from campuses, saying it illegally backs Hamas militants who attacked Israel earlier this month.