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As of: April 23, 2024 7:13 a.m

Protests towards the struggle within the Gaza Strip are intensifying at a number of US universities. There are arrests, and instructing at Columbia University is presently solely happening on-line.

Ralf Borchard

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations, just like the one presently happening in Yale, Connecticut, are happening at an increasing number of universities within the USA. Students camp in tents, generally blocking campus entrances. Not solely anti-Semitic insults are occurring an increasing number of regularly, but in addition fights and, in some circumstances, violence.

“It's really scary. As a Jewish student at Yale, I no longer feel welcome for the first time,” Netanel Crispe informed Fox News:

When I stroll throughout campus with my fellow college students, we’re harassed and bodily attacked. We are shouted at with slogans like 'Liberate Palestine'. We can not take exams. A pal of mine received a Palestinian flagpole within the eye and needed to go to the hospital.

Arrests at Yale and Columbia University

At Yale, dozens of scholars have been taken into police custody on Monday, 45 in accordance with the scholar newspaper.

There have been round 100 arrests at Columbia University in New York final week. The college administration has now switched all instructing there to on-line programs as a result of face-to-face occasions have grow to be too unsafe.

“Anti-Semitic statements and other statements intended to hurt and frighten people are unacceptable,” stated an announcement from college president Nemat Minouche Shafik. She complains that exterior activists who don’t have anything to do with Columbia University have mingled with the protesters. Despite a large police presence, the scenario on the college campus, which is positioned in the midst of Manhattan, remained tense into the night time.

Students report “anti-Islamic sentiment”

When requested why she was staying within the protest camp, a scholar informed CNN: “Simply to show solidarity with the students who have already been arrested – and of course with the people in Gaza.”

There are additionally Jewish college students among the many pro-Palestinian demonstrators. One of them emphasizes: “There is a lot of emphasis on the need to protect Jewish students against anti-Semitism. But there is less talk about Palestinian students who feel anti-Islamic sentiment.”

Biden condemns protests

US President Joe Biden has additionally spoken out and is attempting to do justice to either side. Asked by reporters in regards to the protests, he stated: “I condemn anti-Semitic protest. I also condemn those who do not understand what is happening to the Palestinians.”

Surveys present that Biden is having issues with youthful voters – an vital group that contributed to his slim victory within the presidential election 4 years in the past. Many individuals see Biden's stance on the struggle within the Middle East as being too one-sidedly pro-Israel. There are loud Gaza protests at virtually each Biden marketing campaign occasion, even when the closest college campus is way away.

Ralf Borchard, ARD Washington, tagesschau, April 23, 2024 5:16 a.m