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Footprints: Students, Not Security Risks

Footprints: Students, Not Security Risks

The incident at the Asma Jahangir Conference in Lahore, where a member of the Progressive Students Collective (PSC) interrupted the German ambassador’s address on human rights to express solidarity with Palestinians, sheds light on the global movement for Palestinian rights and the challenges faced by activists advocating for them.

The PSC’s action, although disruptive, underscores the growing frustration among students and activists regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their demand for de-platforming of pro-Zionist representatives and calls for boycotts and divestments reflect a broader movement aiming to hold Israel accountable for its actions in Gaza.

However, the response of conference organizers, who swiftly removed the protesters citing security concerns, raises questions about the framing of such demonstrations as security threats. This narrative often overlooks the underlying issues of oppression and marginalization faced by Palestinians and their supporters.

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Across university campuses in the US, students have been organizing protests and demonstrations to raise awareness about the situation in Gaza and demand action from their institutions. From setting up protest camps to facing intimidation and disciplinary actions from university administrations, these students are met with resistance at every step.

Despite challenges, the solidarity among students and faculty members is evident, with widespread support for divestment resolutions and letters of no-confidence against university administrations. The diverse participation in these demonstrations, including Jewish protesters and members of the Jewish Voice for Peace, highlights the multi-faith support for the Palestinian cause.

In the face of adversity, protesting students remain committed to their cause, striving for a world free from oppression and violence. Their actions symbolize a choice between perpetuating systems of injustice or embracing radical democracy and collective liberation.