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Universities Across the US, Inspired by Columbia University, Stage Pro-Palestine Encampment Protests

The US is witnessing a flood of pro-Palestine protests across the country, which have been gaining traction following Washington’s financial and military support for the Israeli regime’s brutal war on Gaza. Lately, a growing trend of encampments are organized at several universities from different states, in solidarity with Palestine.

The encampments were seen at Yale, the University of Michigan, New York University, The New School, Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emerson College and Rutgers University. 

The Pro-Palestine protest encampments were inspired by the Columbia University campus occupation, after National Students for Justice in Palestine and a number of other pro-Palestinian groups called to do so.

In addition, an encampment was also organized on Friday April 19, 2024, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, the local NJP chapter stated that they had moved from the location, while promising that more encampments will be organized. 

Anti-Israel activists revealed that over 40 students were arrested by police, which was requested by the administration. However, according to American Muslims for Palestine Connecticut, 49 people were arrested. 

Despite the police removing the encampment, students have continued to protest, calling for a return of their protest materials and renewing their commitment to their peaceful right to protest.

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