Pro-Palestinian student protests expand in second week of demonstrations | Israel’s Gaza War News

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations continue at universities across the United States and have spread to schools in Europe and Australia.

Protests demanding an end to Israel’s war in Gaza, which has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, are entering their second week, with thousands of students calling on dozens of universities to withdraw from Israel.

Some universities have been forced to cancel graduation ceremonies, while others have had entire buildings occupied by protesting students.

One of the latest universities to join the movement is the City University of New York (CUNY), where hundreds of students marched around campus holding banners with slogans such as “No More Investing in Apartheid.” A camp was set up.

Gabby Aoshi, a student organizer at the City University of New York protest, told NDMT that the mobilization of pro-Palestinian youth in the United States was “beautiful to see.”

“Young people are really starting to emerge and demand that schools be held accountable for their links to Israeli colonization,” Aoshi said.

University leaders across the country have tried to quell demonstrations, with little success. Videos have emerged from states showing violent police intervention and the forcible arrest of hundreds of students and even faculty.

Early Saturday morning, police in riot gear cleared an encampment on Boston’s Northeastern University campus. Dozens of students shouted and booed them from a distance, but the scene was otherwise nonconfrontational.

The school said in a statement that the demonstrations, which began two days ago, were “infiltrated by professional organizers” unaffiliated with the school, and that demonstrators used anti-Semitic slurs.

A statement posted on social media platform X said, “We cannot tolerate this type of hate on our campus.”

At Columbia University, more than 100 pro-Palestinian activists were arrested by armed police on campus about a week ago, university leaders announced. statement On Friday, he said if the university called the NYPD again, it would “further inflame what’s going on on campus.”

Some university leaders and state officials have strongly condemned the protests, calling them “anti-Semitic.”

The demonstrators reject the accusations, and many Jewish activists and some Orthodox Jews also participate.

“As the child of Holocaust survivors, it deeply unsettles me to see my own people doing what we went through,” said Sam Koplak, a Jewish anti-war protester on campus. told NDMT at a rally.

“Ending complicity in genocide”

Protests that have spread around the world in the nearly seven months since the start of the war in Gaza continue to spread outside the United States this week.

In Berlin, activists set up a camp in front of parliament to demand that the German government halt arms exports to Israel. Protesters blocked a building in the center of the campus at the famous Polytechnic University in the French capital Paris on Friday, forcing classes to be held online.

The latest pro-Palestinian rally took place in Sweden on Saturday, with people marching through the streets chanting “Liberate Palestine” and “Boycott Israel.”

Hundreds of people gathered in solidarity with the Palestinians in central London on Saturday afternoon, and a small group organized a pro-Israel event.

“People are gathering in Parliament Square, just outside the Houses of Parliament, in the latest in a series of very large protests in central London,” NDMT’s Harry Fawcett reported from London. said.

Ben Jamal, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which organized the march, said he expected hundreds of thousands of people from across the UK to take part.

“Once again, we are carrying a double message. One is a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people. We see you, we hear your voice, and we hear you. I support it,” he said.

Jamal said the second message was addressed to the British political establishment “to end Israel’s complicity in genocide against the Palestinian people”.

Jamal dismissed critics as anti-Semitic.

“This tactic of conflating anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the Israeli state is all too familiar and is used by Israel around the world to silence those advocating for Palestinian rights.” he stated.

Meanwhile, Lina Shah, a Washington-based political strategist and former senior Congressional aide, said the protests at U.S. universities were an expression of democracy in action, largely due to Israel’s war on Gaza. He said it was a welcome sight in an election year marked by concerns about apathy. .

“So we want to see movements like this where students take peaceful, nonviolent actions and express their concerns about the U.S. government’s support for Israel and where our tax dollars are being spent. If you look at it, I think that’s extremely healthy,” she told NDMT.

“These students are concerned about America’s role in aid. [Israeli Prime Minister] Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu. On the one hand, we are providing arms and funds to do what he wants to do in Gaza, and on the other hand, we are sending humanitarian aid to Gaza. This is the hypocrisy that students are concerned about. ”

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