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What are the demands of student protesters at US universities?

Protests against the war in Gaza are spreading across US college campuses, with students demanding financial divestment from Israel. Student activists argue that companies doing business with Israel are complicit in the conflict, and colleges investing in these companies are also responsible. Encampments, rallies, and sit-ins have erupted on campuses, reminiscent of past social movements. The recent uprising at Columbia University led to student arrests and a shutdown of in-person classes. Similar protests have emerged at universities in 16 states, prompting USC to cancel its main-stage graduation ceremony. Pro-Palestinian groups seek to raise awareness through divestment, mirroring past successful movements against apartheid South Africa.


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