Yale Students Protest Israel-Hamas War, March to University President's Home

Yale students protest Israel-Hamas war, sparking debates on free speech and universities' role in political issues. Clashes with police lead to over 1,600 arrests at 30 schools nationwide.

Ayesha Mumtaz
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Yale Students Protest Israel-Hamas War, March to University President's Home

Yale Students Protest Israel-Hamas War, March to University President's Home

On Wednesday night, dozens of Yale students protested the ongoing Israel-Hamas war by marching to the university president's home and the school's police department in New Haven, Connecticut. The protest came a day after police cleared a second encampment set up by protesters on the Yale campus. There were no immediate reports of arrests.

The protests at Yale are part of broader tensions and demonstrations occurring on college campuses across the United States over the Israel-Hamas conflict. In recent weeks, students have set up tent encampments at universities to call for schools to stop doing business with Israel or companies that support the war in Gaza. These protests have led to clashes with police, resulting in over 1,600 arrests at 30 schools since April 18.

At the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Dartmouth College, police dismantled protest encampments and made arrests. The nationwide campus demonstrations began at Columbia University on April 17 to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza. On Tuesday, police cleared encampments at both Yale and the University of Connecticut, arresting a total of 74 protesters.

Why this matters: The protests at Yale and other universities highlight the growing tensions and activism on college campuses surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict. These demonstrations have sparked debates about free speech, the role of universities in political issues, and the broader implications of the ongoing violence in the Middle East.

Yale University President Peter Salovey released a statement asking students to express their views in "nondisruptive" ways and urging the university community to be respectful and civil. The unrest has also become a political issue, with Republicans trying to turn it into a campaign issue against Democrats. President Biden has not directly addressed the protests, though the White House has criticized some demonstrators for crossing the line into unlawful behavior.

The protest at Yale on Wednesday night saw about 100 students and locals gather outside President Salovey's house, with many wearing masks and chanting. Yale police cars were also seen parked outside the home. "Yale police have been very patient," university spokesperson Karen Peart said. "But at this point, protesters are not allowed to set up encampments on campus property." The situation remains a developing story as tensions continue to simmer on college campuses nationwide over the Israel-Hamas war.

Key Takeaways

  • Yale students protested Israel-Hamas war, marching to university president's home.
  • Protests at Yale part of broader tensions on US college campuses over the conflict.
  • Over 1,600 arrests at 30 schools since April 18 due to protest encampments.
  • Yale president urged students to express views "nondisruptively", citing unrest as political issue.
  • Protest at Yale saw about 100 students gather outside president's home, no immediate arrests.