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USC president addresses recent campus controversies surrounding Israel-Hamas war for the first time

President Carol Folt of the University of Southern California acknowledged the challenges faced by recent controversies related to the Israel-Hamas conflict. The campus saw protests leading to arrests, with calls to divest from companies supporting Israel. Following safety concerns, the main graduation event was canceled. Folt condemned the protests and emphasized the need to protect the campus community. Similar protests occurred at other universities, with some resulting in arrests. Criticisms have been raised, especially regarding safety policies. Calls for divestment from Israel have also been met with resistance from some universities in California. Protesters continue to defy warnings of arrest on various campuses.


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