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  • Writer's pictureViolet Easter

Palestine Protests at Universities

Around late April of this year, many college and university campuses have been packed with students protesting in support of Palestine. For those who forget, on October 7th, 2023, Israel bombed the Gaza strip in Palestine that began the genocide that Israel is committing against Palestine and slowly many other surrounding countries. As 6 months have passed since the first bombing, many students on their college campuses are protesting against the genocide that Israel is committing. But many people are wondering why the students are protesting at their college campuses in the first place. 

According to Fox 59, “Students across the country are calling on their universities to divest their endowments from Israeli companies or defense companies supplying weapons to Israel”. Which isn’t new because for the past 6 months since this genocide has started, many people -- including students of universities -- have been boycotting businesses such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, PUMA and many more just to name a few. 

While the campus protests have been escalating very quickly due to police officers showing up and arresting many of the pro-Palestine protesters, there’s also been pro-Israel people showing up to the protests and assaulting the pro-Palestine protesters as they’re camped out on the college campuses. While the campus protests have been going on, they’ve affected many other students who are still going to school which is a major downside but its not only affecting the students many teachers fear going to the schools due to being harassed by the pro-Palestine protesters which isn’t at all the message they’re even protesting for. In all fairness, I feel that the protesting isn’t bad at all it’s just the news is picking and choosing the message it wants to show us viewers but the protesting is also disrupting many of students educations and teachers/professors jobs as well.

Cover photo credits to Alisdare Hickson on Flickr

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