More coverage of last week’s pro-Hamas demonstration at the University of Virginia comes from The Jefferson Independent and The Cavalier Daily. The Independent’s Peter McHugh provides a vivid description of events, such as dueling flags — Israel’s versus Palestinian — on the steps of the Rotunda. Crying, “This is our space!” the pro-Palestinian demonstrators scuffled with the Jewish students in an unsuccessful bid to remove their banner.
McHugh also takes note of a communication from the Provost’s office to faculty members that stated, “While the university is aware that a number of student organizations are planning a walkout at 12:30 tomorrow, we are not canceling classes and expect that instruction will continue as scheduled.”
At least one professor, Mack Gregg of the English department, ended class at 12:30 and urged students to attend the walkout demonstration, two students told McHugh. The Independent tried to contact Gregg for a response but got no reply.
Kudos to the administration for insisting that classes continue as scheduled. Will there be any repercussions for defying the order? Stay tuned…
According to the Cavalier Daily account, the pro-Palestinians described Israel’s actions — retaliatory strikes that have resulted in unintended civilian casualties — as “genocide.”
The lead organizers of the event, Students for Justice in Palestine, were joined by Young Democratic Socialists of America and Dissenters and 12 other student organizations.