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Palestinians in Gaza Thank US Student Protesters Amid Israeli Calls for Expulsions

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In a remarkable display of solidarity and appreciation, Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip have taken to the streets to express their heartfelt gratitude towards American university students protesting against Israel’s ongoing assault. As the devastating conflict approaches its eighth month, leaving a staggering toll of over 34,000 casualties according to Palestinian health authorities, Gazans have found solace in the unwavering support of these student demonstrators.

Across various locations in northern and central Gaza, crowds gathered on Wednesday, their voices united in a resounding message of thanks. In Deir al-Balah, medical staff from Al Aqsa Martyrs hospital assembled, hoisting signs that read “United against genocide,” “The killing of children must stop,” and “Keep on fighting for justice.” Dr. Saad Abu Sharban, his eyes brimming with emotion, conveyed his elation, exclaiming, “I’m over the moon at images of protesters in other countries, because it means that around the world there are human beings who know what is happening here in Gaza Strip right now.”

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The outpouring of gratitude extended beyond the medical community, as children in refugee camps across the enclave joined the rallies, proudly displaying banners bearing the names of American universities where pro-Palestinian demonstrations have taken place. Their handwritten messages, “Thanks for your solidarity!” resonated deeply, a testament to the enduring human spirit in the face of adversity.

Nadia Al-Dibs, a mother whose children participated in the Deir al-Balah gathering, expressed her profound appreciation for the “brave students” at American universities. “Arab populations haven’t cared about us,” she lamented, “while students at American universities have felt with us, have felt the blood that spills from us, our buildings that get struck and our kids whose lives get destroyed… a thousand thanks to them.”

However, as the voices of gratitude echoed across Gaza, a controversial storm brewed on the other side of the Atlantic. The campus demonstrations in the United States, aimed at demanding an end to Israel’s devastating assault, have sparked a polarizing debate, with critics accusing some protesters of crossing the line into antisemitism. Israel has claimed that the protests are being manipulated by “outside agitators.”

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In a fiery speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan denounced the university demonstrations, accusing them of being made up of “antisemitic protesters affiliated with outside agitators.” Erdan’s rhetoric escalated, as he called for the expulsion of students involved in the protests, and demanded “swift and severe action” against university professors and presidents who fail to take action.

The ambassador’s inflammatory remarks came in the wake of a Security Council vote last month on a resolution that would have recognized a Palestinian state, a motion that was ultimately vetoed by the United States.

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As the controversy continues to escalate, several colleges have taken a hardline stance, calling in law enforcement to clear their campuses – a move hailed by former US President Donald Trump as “a beautiful thing to watch” at Columbia University in New York. In a seemingly retaliatory move, Shiraz university in Iran’s Fars province has offered scholarships to students from US and European universities who are expelled over the protests.

Amidst the polarizing debates and escalating tensions, the voices of gratitude from Gaza serve as a poignant reminder of the human toll of the conflict and the yearning for peace and solidarity that transcends borders and ideologies. As the world watches with bated breath, the fate of the region and the resolution of this long-standing conflict remain shrouded in uncertainty, a perplexing and bursting conundrum that defies simple solutions.

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Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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