Pro-Palestinian Demonstrations Sweep Across California Universities Amid Gaza Conflict

Education International

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Thursday at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), one of the leading public universities in the United States, to establish a protest encampment in solidarity with Palestinians.

Under the banner of “UCLA Palestine Solidarity Encampment,” organizers voiced their vehement opposition, stating, “We will not be silent while Gaza is being annihilated.”

Comprised of UCLA students, faculty, staff, and community members, the group issued a set of demands, including the call for boycotts against Israeli universities.

In a pointed critique, the organizers highlighted the recent approval of a $26.4 billion aid package by the Biden administration, condemning it as enabling the Israeli military’s actions, particularly in Rafah, where they allege 1.5 million Palestinians are trapped amid conflict.

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