IU Students Rally Against Israel-Palestine War Amid Controversies and Cancellations at University

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Esteban Hernandez plays violin as Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Staff report

March 30, 2024

Dozens of Indiana University students, and others gathered in Dunn Meadow last Tuesday to demonstrate against the Israel-Palestine war, which began after an October 7 Hamas attack on Israel which left at least 1200 Israel’s dead, and hundreds more missing.

The war has ground on for several months now, and critics of Israel claim that the IDF has killed over 30-thousand in Gaza. Exact numbers are difficult to come by as the Palestinians and the Israeli’s disagree on the exact numbers, and how many of the deceased are civilians, and how many are Hamas militants.

NPR link:

https://www.npr.org/2024/02/29/1234159514/gaza-death-toll-30000-palestinians-israel-hamas-war

The protesters were originally going to protest against an IU Hillel event featuring Hamas member-turned-Israeli-intelligence asset Mosab Hassan Yousef. However, comments Yousef made about Muslims, which can be found on his Instagram page, created controversy, and pushback from the Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Middle Eastern Student Association.  

The event was postponed due to security concerns, according to IU, but the protesters went ahead with the rally, and protest march. Dozens gathered in Dunn Meadow, many holding protest signs, and Palestinian flag, gathered. At least two counter protesters gathered as well, one held an American flag, and another held an Israeli flag, but the two groups remained peaceful.

Here are some links from the IDS with more information:

https://www.idsnews.com/article/2024/03/iu-hillel-hollywood-producer-betsy-borns-postponed-speaker-mosab-hassan-yousef

https://www.idsnews.com/article/2024/03/hillel-postpones-speaker-event-criticized-as-islamophobic-due-to-security-concerns

Yousef’s Instagram page:

Criticism from the ADL about the postponement:

More about the rally:

https://www.idsnews.com/article/2024/03/students-rally-against-islamophobia-and-lack-of-support-for-palestinian-students-at-iu

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members march in downtown Bloomington during a rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: A protester holds a sign reading, “I.U. is complicit in genocide,” as Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: A Palestinian flag is flown as Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: A protester holds a sign reading, “IU helps dehumanize victims of genocide,” as Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Protesters hold Palestine flags as Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: A protester holds a Palestinian flag, and a counter protester holds an Israeli flag, as Indiana University students and community members rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members march in downtown Bloomington during a rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members march in downtown Bloomington during a rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members march in downtown Bloomington during a rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – MARCH 26: Indiana University students and community members march in downtown Bloomington during a rally against Islamophobia and the lack of support for Palestinian Students on March 26, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. Hamas member-turned-Israeli-asset Mosab Hassan Yousef was supposed to speak at IU, but the event was postponed due to security concerns. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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