Israel-Hamas conflict creates tensions at US universities


Tensions at educational institutions across the US following the the opening of the Israel-Hama conflict in Gaza on October 7 are accompanied by student concerns, particularly among those protesting the mass killing of Palestinians, that their speech is being intensely policed. Conscious of the prejudice and surveillance directed against them in the years following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Muslims in particular feel unsafe and under pressure to appear less identifiable. That surveillance failed to produce any intelligence leads, and was eventually the subject of a settlement with the city of New York, which has been slow to implement the required reforms. These tensions are particularly acute at the many City University of New York campuses, an especially diverse institution intended to make third-level education accessible to all.

Publication: The Guardian
Writer: Johana Bhuiyan

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