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Upsurge of Protests, Tent Encampments on U.S. College Campuses, as Administrators Clamp Down

April 23, 2024 (EIRNS)—Protest actions are continuing in many states on college campuses, against U.S. foreign policy. At Harvard University, University of Michigan, Yale University, and other locations, tent encampments are showing up, to publicize the crisis. Encampments have shown up at MIT, Tufts, and Emerson College in Massachusetts, in support of demonstrators who have been arrested at Columbia University, for protesting the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

Many college administrators are shutting down classes and resorting to other tactics, embracing the argument that student protests are “anti-Semitic.” According to an Administration letter published in Harvard University’s student paper The Crimson, the five entry gates to Harvard Yard from the City of Cambridge will be closed, over April 22-26, to except Harvard students bearing identification, to be shown on demand. Refusal to comply will be “subject to disciplinary action,” the letter warns.

True to form, the Anti-Defamation League is spearheading a campaign which dubs as anti-Semitic, any student protests that denounce the Israeli genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, that call for an Israeli-Hamas ceasefire, or which pledge support for Palestinian rights. But blowback came yesterday when hundreds of Columbia faculty walked out in solidarity with protesting students, Common Dreams reported today.

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