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Students across western nations are taking to the streets and to their universities to demand them to end their complicity in the crimes of Israel and the ongoing genocide. The student movement is making noise and creating waves of change. The student protests that started in the US, have spread across the country and across Europe.

The past 8 months of brutal massacres, forced displacement, indiscriminate bombings, intentional starvation and other horrors inflicted by Israel on the Palestinian people in Gaza have been dreadful and heart wrenching to witness. 

As of today, more than 35000 people have been killed by Israel in Gaza. 16000 children have been killed. Thousands are injured. Children maimed. Mothers lost. Families torn apart. Healthworkers targeted infront of patients. Mass graves found outside hospitals. Hospitals bombed. Cultural and historical sites destroyed. Places of worship ruined.

And every university turned to rubble. 

“More than 5000 university students have been killed. Over 90,000 university students have lost their education. I cannot even begin to imagine how that feels. So, for us as students, we want to be their voice.”

– Adla, student at Lund University student encampment for Palestine

Students at the encampments have been called anti-semites in the media. They have been called terrorists by politicians. The peaceful protests and encampments have been threatened by governments and police. Students are risking their degrees, their scholarships, their privileges, their safety and futures for all the students in Gaza that have nowhere to go.

The student movement is an important one. It is showing us the truth of the reality we live in – and the complicity of governments and institutions that are meant to uphold free speech, education and human rights.

So, I asked students to share their stories and their perspectives. Why are they joining encampments? What are they demanding? What do they hope for?

“I’m 25 years old, and I’ve lived my whole life in the Gaza strip, and I’ve never felt hope like now.”

– Bisan Owda, award-winning journalist and filmmaker in Gaza

 

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