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What’s Next for Pro-Palestinian Campus Protests

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Pro-Palestinian protesters set up a tent encampment during a demonstration in front of Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on April 22, 2024 in Berkeley, California. (Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)

Protests against Israel’s war in Gaza continue to grow and spread on college campuses in the Bay Area and across the country. The protests gained momentum earlier this month after more than 100 demonstrators were arrested at Columbia University in protests demanding the school divest from companies that do business with Israel. While the actions have been largely peaceful nationwide, there were scuffles between the protesters and pro-Israeli demonstrators at UCLA on Sunday, and hundreds of protesters were arrested over the weekend at other campuses. We’ll check in on what’s happening at UC Berkeley and other Bay Area schools, and talk with a historian about what past movements can teach us about student protests and social change.


Malak Afaneh, law student, UC Berkeley; co-president, Law Students for Justice in Palestine

Angus Johnston, professor and historian of American student activism, City University of New York

Noah Cohen, law student, UC Berkeley

Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor of public affairs, UC Berkeley


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