Student Newspapers’ Editorials on Israel-Hamas War Protests at U.S. Universities

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Amidst the ongoing protests over the Israel-Hamas war at U.S. universities, student journalists have been actively covering the campus debates on various issues including free speech, university investments, and America’s involvement in the conflict. Student newspapers’ editorial boards have been providing insights and opinions on the responses of university administrations to protesters and the importance of upholding students’ rights to express their views.

One of the key concerns highlighted by student newspapers is the threat of harassment and doxxing, which they argue have been hindering the free exchange of ideas on campus. Here are some recent editorials from student newspapers that shed light on the escalating tensions:

Columbia University

The editorial board of the Columbia Daily Spectator released a strong editorial shortly after Columbia University President Nemat Shafik called the police to dismantle a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus, leading to the arrest of over 100 students. Titled “Is Columbia in crisis?”, the editorial published on April 18 criticized the administration for its lack of genuine engagement with students, faculty, and staff. The editorial voiced concerns that the university was transforming into a place characterized by distrust, suppression, and fear.

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