Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested at Pro-Palestinian Protest

Green Party candidate Jill Stein arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at University of Washington over ties to Boeing and Israeli academia amidst Gaza war.

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Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested at Pro-Palestinian Protest

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested at Pro-Palestinian Protest

Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, was arrested along with her campaign staff during a pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Washington on April 27, 2024. The protest was over the institution's ties to Israeli academia amidst the ongoing Gaza war.

The demonstration, organized by a group called Resist WashU, demanded that the university cut and boycott Israeli educational institutions, drop charges against previous protesters, stop buying land and return it to indigenous communities, and release a statement condemning the "genocide" and calling for a ceasefire. "WashU you can't hide, you support a genocide," protesters chanted.

Police declared the protest an unlawful assembly after demonstrators set up an encampment on campus. When they refused orders to disperse, over 80 people were arrested, including Stein, St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Megan Green, and Ward 7 Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier. They were charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, and assaulting officers.

In a video before her arrest, Stein expressed solidarity with the students and their right to free speech, emphasizing the importance of "standing up for democracy, human rights, and ending genocide." Her campaign stated that Stein had tried to de-escalate tensions but police proceeded with arrests anyway.

Why this matters: The arrests highlight the growing tensions between pro-Palestinian activists and universities over ties to Israel. The protests are part of a broader wave of demonstrations on campuses nationwide, putting pressure on administrators as graduation ceremonies approach.

Washington University defended the arrests, claiming the protesters did not have good intentions and the demonstration had the potential to become dangerous. The university stated it is committed to free expression but expects everyone to respect its policies. However, students and faculty have criticized the administration's response, accusing it of infringing on freedom of speech and academic freedom. The protest was part of a wave of university occupations across the U.S. in response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, where police have arrested hundreds of students and faculty members at various schools in recent days.

Key Takeaways

  • Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at UW.
  • Protest over UW's ties to Israeli academia amid Gaza war.
  • Over 80 protesters arrested, including Stein, for trespassing and resisting.
  • Arrests highlight tensions between pro-Palestinian activists and universities.
  • Protests part of wave of campus occupations over Gaza conflict.