Los Angeles Police clear USC of pro-Palestinian camp, but no arrests | Israel’s Gaza War News

Students and other protesters are calling on the university to sever its economic ties to Israel.

Protests against Israel’s war in Gaza continue across US college campuses as graduation season approaches, with Los Angeles police raiding a pro-Palestinian camp at the University of Southern California (USC) but making no arrests. Ta.

After the University of Southern California requested assistance, police entered the camp around 5 a.m. local time (12:00 GMT) on Sunday and worked with campus police to secure tents as students peacefully left the area. Police announced that it had been removed.

The move came a day after at least 25 pro-Palestinian demonstrators were arrested as police cleared an encampment at the University of Virginia (UVA).

Tensions were high on UVA’s campus in Charlottesville. The protests were largely peaceful until Saturday morning, but police in riot gear moved through an encampment on the campus lawn and handcuffed some demonstrators with zip ties. The incident was captured on video.

Campus protests have emerged as a political flashpoint in a US election year, as Democratic President Joe Biden seeks a second term in office. Police have arrested more than 2,000 people at protests on dozens of campuses across the country.

Students and other protesters are calling on the university to end economic ties with Israel and promote a ceasefire.

Under mounting political pressure, Biden broke his silence on campus unrest on Thursday, saying Americans have a right to demonstrate but not violence.

Many universities, including Columbia University in New York City, called in police to quell the protests.

Police-deployed drones circled the University of Texas at Austin on Sunday as about 200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators and about 50 onlookers gathered, local media reported. Speakers advised demonstrators to remain peaceful and not to engage police.

Adam, an organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Committee, which is holding a protest at the University of Texas at Austin, told NDMT that Palestinian students are aware that American students support Palestine. .

“We’re not going to deal with Palestinian blood anymore,” he said.

NDMT’s Phil Lovell, reporting from the University of California, Irvine, said the situation on the ground was relatively calm and talks were continuing between protesters and university authorities.

“We are aware that there are protests happening in San Francisco. Here at the University of California, Irvine, the situation is very calm,” he said.

Separately, police said there were at least four bomb threats made at synagogues in the New York area over the weekend, but none were proven to be credible.

New York Gov. Cathy Hochul said late Saturday, “We will not tolerate individuals who spread fear and anti-Semitism. Those responsible must be held accountable for their despicable acts.”

According to the Palestinian Authority, at least 34,683 people have been killed, mostly women and children, and 78,018 injured in Israel’s war in Gaza since October.

At least 1,139 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Gaza after Hamas led an attack on southern Israel, according to an NDMT tally based on Israeli statistics.

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