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Protests at U.S. colleges including Cornell call for divestment from companies supporting Israel

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Students across the United States, including at Cornell University, are holding protests demanding that their colleges divest from companies that support Israel. These nationwide demonstrations, especially in New York at institutions like Columbia University and the University of Rochester, have been largely peaceful. At Cornell, nearly 70% of participating students recently voted for the university to divest from weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Techneon, which they claim are complicit in actions against Palestinians.

Organizers like Nick Wilson and Sara Almosawi are leading the charge at Cornell, advocating not only for divestment but also for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Almosawi, co-chair of the Young Democratic Socialists of America at Cornell, ties her personal background to the protests, highlighting the impact of U.S.-supported conflicts on her family from Iraq and Indonesia.

Cornell University responded to the protests, emphasizing their commitment to free expression while also ensuring it does not compromise public safety or community rights. The university noted that while protests are allowed, tents must be in authorized areas and cannot stay up for more than a week. These ongoing demonstrations have sparked a broader debate about safety and antisemitism on campuses, reflecting deep divisions about U.S. foreign policy and campus activism.