US Ambassador's Visit to Delhi University Postponed Amid Pro-Palestine Protests

US ambassador's visit to JNU postponed due to student protests against US support for Israel, highlighting tensions over the Israel-Palestine conflict on university campuses.

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Rafia Tasleem
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US Ambassador's Visit to Delhi University Postponed Amid Pro-Palestine Protests

US Ambassador's Visit to Delhi University Postponed Amid Pro-Palestine Protests

The visit of US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi was postponed on Monday due to protests by the university's students' union. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) displayed banners opposing the US's support for Israel in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, which they say contradicts the university's values of justice, human rights, and solidarity.

Garcetti was invited by the School of International Studies to attend a program on the topic of US-India ties. However, the JNUSU had been opposing his visit since morning, claiming that it was contradictory to the university's stance on Palestine. The students raised slogans in support of Palestine and expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

The JNU administration stated that the event was rescheduled, not cancelled, due to the protests. A new date for the program will be decided. The JNUSU, however, claimed credit for the postponement of Garcetti's visit, asserting that it was a result of their "continuous pressure."

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing tensions and differing perspectives surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict, even on university campuses. It also underscores the challenges faced by diplomatic visits in navigating sensitive political issues and the potential for protests to disrupt planned events.

The dean of the School of International Studies, Amitabh Mattoo, confirmed that the interaction with Ambassador Garcetti has been rescheduled, although a new date was not provided. The students continued their protest despite the ambassador not attending the program, raising slogans against the US and Israel. They also expressed concerns over the rising incidents of attacks on Indian students in the US.

Key Takeaways

  • US Ambassador Garcetti's visit to JNU postponed due to pro-Palestine protests
  • JNUSU opposed visit, claiming it contradicts JNU's stance on Israel-Palestine
  • JNU administration rescheduled event, not cancelled, amid student protests
  • Incident highlights tensions over Israel-Palestine conflict on university campuses
  • Students continued protest even after Garcetti's interaction was rescheduled