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Violence Erupts at UCLA as Pro-Israel Supporters Attack Pro-Palestine Encampment

California: On Tuesday night at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a pro-Palestine encampment was violently attacked by pro-Israel supporters, leading to multiple injuries. This incident occurred on the same day that New York City police detained approximately 300 pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia University.

The encampment established at UCLA in protest against Israel’s military actions in Gaza came under attack by pro-Israel supporters as verified eyewitness videos captured assailants tearing down barricades and attacking pro-Palestine supporters with metal pipes, mace, and pepper spray, along with fireworks launched into the pro-Palestinian camp, following which classes on Wednesday were canceled.

According to Anna, a spokesperson for the encampment, talking to Al Jazeera revealed that the attack took under the gaze of the police and the police response was notably delayed and inadequate, raising concerns about the protection offered to students during such incidents.

Despite the ongoing unrest, the UCLA encampment continues to focus on raising awareness about the situation in Gaza, where significant civilian casualties and displacement have occurred. The campus protesters are calling for an end to university investments in companies that are perceived to support Israeli military actions and for severing ties with Israeli academic institutions.

The violence at UCLA is part of a larger pattern of confrontations on campuses across the U.S., where protests have intensified against Israel’s genocide in Gaza and the U.S. support for it. In New York City, for example, police arrested around 300 demonstrators at Columbia University and City College of New York as they cleared pro-Palestinian protests.

It is worth noting that Israeli violence in Gaza has left e at least 34,568 Palestinians dead and 77,765 injured since October 7.

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