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Student Justice for Palestine's Rally at University of Auckland: 8 May, 2024

Student Justice for Palestine's Rally at University of Auckland: 8 May, 2024

Student Justice for Palestine's Rally at University of Auckland: 8 May, 2024 Student Justice for Palestine's Rally at University of Auckland: 8 May, 2024, 13.46 MB
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

On April 17th 2024, amidst widespread international focus on Israel’s military operation in the Gaza strip, pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University in New York pitched tents on their campus's southern lawn, forming an encampment to protest against the university’s financial ties with companies associated with the state of Israel.

Despite a brutal crackdown on the protesting students, Columbia’s Palestinian Solidarity Encampment inspired the creation of 155 similar protest encampments in universities across the globe, with one such encampment having been planned outside the University of Auckland general library, organised by the University’s Students for Justice in Palestine group.

Despite the plans for an encampment, SJP reformatted the event to become a standard rally after the University threatened to call the police if an encampment be established, only allowing a general protest to be held as a form of compromise.

Oto attended the rally and spoke to members of Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as other students, attendees, and supporting faculty members who were there.