December 11, 2023

SANTA CRUZ — Lots of of UC Santa Cruz college students gathered Wednesday on the Quarry Plaza on the us campus to demand the college divestment from weapons producers and an finish to U.S. assist for Israel within the newest conflict between Israel and Hamas.

“Traditionally, college students are a strong sector of the broader motion for collective freedom,” stated the organizers, often known as Dissenters, in a press release. “Younger individuals from Palestinian communities, traditionally Black faculties and universities, Filipino youth, chapters of Democratic Socialists, and multi-racial pupil organizers from Dissenters chapters nationwide are coalescing across the demand to divest from Israel’s siege on Gaza, marking a historic turning level on this nation.”

In keeping with the Related Press, the conflict is the deadliest of 5 Gaza wars for each side. The Hamas-run Well being Ministry stated Wednesday that no less than 6,546 Palestinians have been killed and 17,439 others wounded. Within the occupied West Financial institution, greater than 100 Palestinians have been killed and 1,650 wounded in violence and Israeli raids since Oct. 7. Greater than 1,400 individuals in Israel have been killed, in line with Israeli officers.

Lots of of UC Santa Cruz college students march by way of campus on Wednesday to protest towards the Israeli siege of Gaza and voice their opposition to Zionism. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel) 

The mobilization of scholars on greater than 100 campuses nationwide was organized by Nationwide College students for Justice in Palestine, Palestinian Youth Motion, Dissenters, Arab Useful resource Organizing Middle, Anakbayan USA, Resist US-Led Battle, and the Muslim Scholar Affiliation, amongst others.

“We at UCSC College students for Justice in Palestine deliberate this walkout at present to make it recognized that college students at UCSC will not be complicit as our college funnels our tuition {dollars} to fund and allow the ethnic cleaning of the Palestinian individuals,” stated UCSC College students for Justice in Palestine organizer Saher Alqarwani. “We demand that the UCs divest from all firms that straight revenue from the continued occupation of Palestine.”