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Harvard Students End Encampment as Officials Agree to Discuss Divestment Demand

HeadlineMay 15, 2024

At Harvard University, students have ended their three-week Gaza encampment after school officials agreed to meet to discuss divesting from Israel. Israa Alzamli is a student organizer at Harvard.

Israa Alzamli: “We’ve been organizing for Palestine on Harvard’s campus for years. This encampment was not the beginning or the end of our organizing. But it was a beautiful moment of showing how much student power we can build. You know, President Garber has made it very clear from the beginning they had no interest in negotiating with us. But we showed that we had the student power to actually bring him to discussions. And we’re not disillusioned to know that these meetings are actual material wins for divestment, but we are bringing divestment to the table. We are bringing material wins for students like amnesty so that we can continue organizing. What we do see the encampment as is a show of our student strength, our solidarity and our power to continue movement building and know that we have the power to come back in the fall and keep fighting for Palestine.”

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