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Protests in American, European universities unveil public discontent over West’s support of Israel

Protests in American, European universities unveil public discontent over West’s support of Zionist regime Since the beginning of the direct and military confrontation between the Zionist regime and Hamas Resistance Movement, more than 35,000 people from the Gaza Strip have been martyred, of which more than 70 percent are women and children. The crimes of the Zionist regime in Gaza, which were broadcasted in new dimensions every day, from attacks on hospitals to assaults on women and war crimes, have saddened and disillusioned conscious minds worldwide, prompting reactions. Since then, many streets in various countries have become scenes of protests and objections to governments’ actions against the inhumane acts of this regime and in support of the people of Gaza and their resistance. Students, as educated and elite members of any society, have not been exempt from this matter, and almost simultaneously with the beginning of confrontations with other spectrum of the society to the crimes of the Zionist regime in Gaza and also in demanding sanctions on goods produced by this country or businesses dealing with or supporting this regime, inside or outside the university, they organized protest marches. Many students from prestigious universities in America, such as Columbia, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, and other universities, as well as some European countries, protested in support of Palestine. These protesters condemned the Zionist regime’s attacks and merciless slaughter of the people of Gaza and protested against America’s policy of supporting the Jewish state. According to Reuters, Columbia University has suspended active protesting students who refused to dismantle their protest tents on the university campus after negotiations to end the controversial protests in support of Palestine reached a deadlock. Columbia University president Nemat Talaat Shafik noted that several days of negotiations between protest organizers and university officials to persuade students to remove dozens of tents from the premises of this prestigious institution in New York have not yielded results. The crackdown on protests at Columbia, which is considered a hub for student protests related to the Gaza war in recent weeks, is ongoing with the arrest and suspension of activists involved in this protest movement. Earlier, the American police attacked dozens of students with pepper spray at a pro-Palestinian gathering at the University of Texas and detained many of them With the expansion of protests in support of Palestine at the University of California, opponents of these protests express their dissatisfaction and anger with the current conditions on the university campus. “The situation changed when some of the demonstrators crossed a barrier that the university had set up to separate the two groups,” said Mary Osako, the Deputy Director of Strategic Communications at the University of California. “Members of both groups confronted each other, slogans and insults were exchanged, and in some cases, fists were thrown. These clashes continued for a while between the protesting groups, but the university police, equipped with batons, eventually separated the conflicting groups,” Osako added. “UCLA has a long history of providing a venue for peaceful protests and is dismayed by the violence that occurred,” Osako said in a statement. According to the university’s previous statement, parallel demonstrations on the UCLA campus have been accompanied by the presence of some individuals from outside the university. The university had announced that both groups present on the premises were allowed to express their opinions. On the other hand, the number of universities and participating students in demonstrations in support of Gaza is increasing. According to CNN, Washington University in St. Louis, regarding the demonstrations in support of Palestine on the university campus, announced that the police have arrested more than 80 students, and students who have set up camp on the university campus “have shown no goodwill and can be dangerous.” The University of Southern California, through a statement on its social media account, announced that the university campus has been temporarily closed to everyone except those living on the campus premises “due to unrest.” In last week’s statement, the university, where approximately 100 people have been arrested in protests in support of Palestine so far, declared that the commencement ceremonies in May will not be held. The statement mentioned that 72 individuals, including 15 students, were detained under the pretext of “setting up tents without permission.” Furthermore, protests in support of Palestine by students continue on the Harvard campus. According to international media reports, the scope of student protests in the capital of France has also expanded. Students at Sorbonne Sciences Po University in the city of Paris, France, have protested in support of Palestinians and against the continued genocide of civilians in Gaza. However, it is said that although the student protests were peaceful, they were suppressed by the police, and the protesters were forcibly removed from the university courtyard by the police. More than 2,100 people have been arrested on college and university campuses across the nation since April 18 as schools prepare for spring commencement ceremonies, according to CNN’s review. The first demonstrators were detained at Columbia University two weeks ago. Protesters have been arrested on more than 40 campuses in at least 25 states, while many other schools have experienced protests without arrests. What are the students’ demands? The specific demands of protesters vary somewhat from university to university. The main focus of students’ demands across the universities where protests have begun includes: • A permanent ceasefire in Gaza. • Ending U.S. military aid to the Jewish state. • The evacuation of universities from companies associated with arms manufacturers profiting from war. In some American universities, union demands have also been reported amid the protests. Based on this, the primary demand is for universities to be deprived of financial services from companies associated with the Zionist regime or companies profiting from the war with Hamas. However, university chancellors have refrained mainly from accepting these demands, and experts believe that universities likely do not have significant investments in arms manufacturing companies. Moreover, in some universities, students’ demands also include cutting research collaborations with American and the Zionist regime defense industries. However, the demands at other universities were different. Columbia University protesters also demanded that the university disclose and sever all its ties with the New York Police Department. Students also call for sanctions against the Zionist regime’s universities. For example, Columbia protesters want the university to sever its ties with the university center in Tel Aviv. Another demand from Columbia students was to stop receiving money for research projects from the Zionist regime for projects aiding this country’s military effort. Javed

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