Pro-Palestine Encampment Continues at University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team



The pro-Palestine protest and encampment, organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Young Democratic Socialists of America, persisted through Friday night, marking the sixth day of demonstrations.

Despite the removal of most tents by police on Wednesday, 48 tents remained on Library Mall Saturday morning. Police had arrested 34 protesters on Wednesday, with four individuals taken to the Dane County Jail, according to UWPD.

The encampment commenced following a rally on Monday, where protesters demanded UW-Madison’s divestment from companies linked to Israel. Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin authorized the removal of the encampment on Wednesday, citing the Wisconsin Administrative Code’s prohibition on camping on university lands.

Negotiations between organizers and campus administration are ongoing, with no resolution reached as of now. Protesters have urged for disclosure of UW Foundation investments.

Several events took place on Friday evening, including movie screenings and discussions. The documentaries screened shed light on topics such as climbing in Palestine and the Algerian War of Independence.

Children also participated in a ‘Kids for Palestine’ event, engaging in arts and crafts and storytime sessions centered around Palestinian culture and identity.

Counter-protesters have also made their presence known, advocating for Jewish representation in negotiations with administration. Despite differing perspectives, both groups have maintained peace during the demonstrations.

Organizers have planned various activities for Saturday, including general meetings, teach-ins, and a guest speaker session. Additionally, a ‘Kids for Palestine’ event and a Dabke dance are scheduled, showcasing solidarity and cultural expression within the pro-Palestinian movement.”

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