University of Chicago Students Walk Out During Commencement to Protest Gaza Genocide

The kids are alright.

The US is becoming ungovernable.

The Guardian:

Dozens of students protesting Israel’s ongoing military strikes in Gaza walked out of the University of Chicago’s commencement on Saturday as the school withheld the diplomas of four seniors over their involvement with a pro-Palestinian encampment.

The disruption to the rainy two-hour outdoor ceremony was brief, with shouts, boos and calls to “stop genocide”. A crowd of students walked out in between speeches and a demonstration followed the official ceremony. Some chanted as they held Palestinian flags while others donned traditional keffiyehs, black-and-white checkered scarves that represent Palestinian solidarity, over their robes.

Four graduating seniors, including Youssef Hasweh, were informed by email in recent days that their degrees would be withheld pending a disciplinary process related to complaints about the encampment, according to student group UChicago United for Palestine.

My diploma doesn’t matter when there are people in Palestine and in Gaza that will never walk a stage again, who will never receive a diploma,” Hasweh said in a statement on Saturday. “What about them? Who’s going to fight for them?

University officials acknowledged the walkout, saying the school is “committed to upholding the rights of students to express a wide range of views”, according to a statement.

Students have walked out of commencements at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others as protest camps have sprung up across the US and in Europe in recent weeks. Students have demanded their universities stop doing business with Israel or companies they say support its war in Gaza. Organizers seek to amplify calls to end Israel’s war with Hamas, which they describe as a genocide against the Palestinians.

This is going to happen at every school.

It’s going to start happening at more high schools.

The people will not tolerate this much further.

The US government can’t even be bothered to explain why they are supporting this genocide. The universities that are funding it have even less of an explanation.