Hundreds gather at UNC-Chapel Hill to march toward Palestine

Hundreds of protesters rallied on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus Sunday to march in support of Palestine.

The rally began at 3 p.m. in front of the South Building, and a large crowd of students, faculty, staff, community members, and families with young children filled Polk Place, the main quad on campus.

The speakers sang, prayed and chanted “Free Palestine, Free Palestine,” “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” “Gaza, you are not alone,” and “Make the Intifada global.” He led the crowd in various chants.

Rally organizers also echoed the “BDS Now” chant, referring to the international movement. Boycott, withdraw from, and sanction IsraelHe called on the UNC to “disclose” and “divest” any investments in the Jewish state.

UNC students We started setting up tents on campus on Friday.created a “Gaza Solidarity Camp” similar to other camps formed at universities across the country.

Encampment organizers reached an agreement with UNC officials Friday afternoon to remove the tent poles, but the flattened tents were left on the quad and remained there during Sunday’s rally.

A tent is flattened on Polk Place, the main quad of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, on Sunday, April 28, 2024, during a rally in support of Palestine.

A tent is flattened on Polk Place, the main quad of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, on Sunday, April 28, 2024, during a rally in support of Palestine.

Students at many universities, including UNC Charlotte, are protesting the ongoing Israeli-Hamas war that began on October 7th. The Charlotte Observer previously reported. That’s when Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, launched terrorist attacks that killed more than 1,200 Israeli civilians and took 240 hostages.

Since then, Israel has dropped thousands of bombs on Gaza. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, more than 32,000 Palestinians have been killed since October.

During the rally, speakers criticized UNC and other universities for their response to the encampment, claiming that UNC officials halted trash collection over the weekend and blocked access to restrooms and campus buildings.

Students from other Triangle universities, including North Carolina State University, also attended Sunday’s rally. The North Carolina Palestine Students for Justice chapter said on Instagram: Encourages members to come to UNC’s Triangle Encampment.

“The entire UNC system has a very insidious and deep investment in the Zionist occupation, and we must address it one school at a time. That’s why we need to come together and take a strong stand in Chapel Hill. ” said the North Carolina State University SJP chapter. He said this in a post before Sunday’s rally.

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